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Taiko Lesson

The taiko is a traditional Japanese drum fashioned of wood and hide leather, played with short, thick wooden sticks, which create a bold, powerful sound.

The word taiko actually can refer to any kind of drum in Japanese, but outside Japan has come to mean any of the various drums native to Japan. Taiko construction in Japan has been traced back to ancient times, and was used not only in classical Japanese music, but also to motivate armies, communicate orders, and set the time of marches. Noh theatre and other forms of drama might use taiko to punctuate scenes with dramatic tension. Japanese Taiko are usually crafted of wood, with hide from cows, horses, or deer stretched tightly over each end and secured with tacks. The wood of the drum body is often stained a deep reddish-brown color, and the outside is polished to a smooth shine. Large wooden sticks called bachi are used to strike the drum head. Learning to perform Japanese taiko involves a method of posture and movement similar to a martial art, known as kata. Taiko drummers rigorously train to position their bodies, learning to move in a precise and lively manner to deliver a bold and well-timed strike.

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Festival 2022 - 5/6

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6

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Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 
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Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28
Signature: Essence of Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28

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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $5998.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 18 guests.
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Mon. Mar 28, 2022 Wed. Apr 6, 2022 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn 
Festival Tour 2022 - 10/6

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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 10/6
Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 10/6

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 
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Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 10/31
Signature: Essence of Japan Autumn Leaves Tour 2022 - 10/31

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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See Japan's top attractions, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Signature: Essence of Japan - Takayama Spring Festival 
& 
Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 4/10

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

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10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto
Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $6198.00

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Attend the beautiful Takayama Spring Festival, visit the best spots to see cherry blossoms, and indulge in cultural experiences with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Sun. Apr 10, 2022 Tue. Apr 19, 2022 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Mon. Apr 10, 2023 Wed. Apr 19, 2023 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

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Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5
Signature: Classic Japan Autumn Tour 2022 - 9/5

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

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The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Mon. Sep 5, 2022 Sun. Sep 18, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6
Signature: Classic Japan Tour - Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival 2022 - 5/6

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Ashikaga / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
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Fri. May 6, 2022 Thu. May 19, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. May 7, 2023 Sat. May 20, 2023 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 
3/28

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28
Signature: Classic Japan Cherry Blossom Tour 2022 - 3/28

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8298.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 18 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Mar 28, 2022 Sun. Apr 10, 2022 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Mar 27, 2023 Sun. Apr 9, 2023 US $8298.00

Small Group Limited to 18 passengers

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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival 
Tour 2022 - 10/6

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe-Plus    Book Now & Save $200

Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 10/6
Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour 2022 - 10/6

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $8598.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 12 guests.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Oct 6, 2021 Tue. Oct 19, 2021 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Tokyo Osaka Deluxe-Plus Save this tour Sold Out
Thu. Oct 6, 2022 Wed. Oct 19, 2022 US $8598.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

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Fri. Oct 6, 2023 Thu. Oct 19, 2023 US $8598.00

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