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Shamisen Lessons 三味線体験

Learn to play the shamisen and see how it is made

The shamisen is a traditional three-stringed instrument that all geiko (the local name for geisha) must learn to play. Visitors can learn to play famous Japanese songs on the shamisen while reading the score themselves.

The shamisen is intimately tied to Kanazawa through geiko culture and the districts in which they work. Learning to play the shamisen is a musical way to connect with the history and soul of the city.