150-3 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado Island, Niigata 952-0611, Japan | Tel. 0259-86-2320
Open: 9:00–17:00 | Closed: Mondays (Closed on Tuesday instead when Monday is a public holiday.)


School Excursions

Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan) is the perfect destination for school excursions, offering engaging hands-on taiko experiences for all ages. Our School Excursion Taiko Experiences take place in the comfort of our spacious hall, so you don’t need to worry about the weather on the day. Each program runs for 90 minutes, including an introduction to taiko—tailored to your group—and a demo performance by the instructor. The students will be encouraged to beat the taiko with all their might. There’s no need to hold back here! As they create resonant sound together, they’ll also foster camaraderie with their classmates through this fun shared experience.

Suitable for:
Elementary school, junior high school, and senior high school students (Ages 6–17)

School group of up to 34 people ¥2,200 per person
School group of 35 people or more ¥2,000 per person

The maximum capacity for one session is 80 people. (There is no minimum number)
*For groups with 24 or more people, please note that students will take part in turns.

We are currently accepting bookings for School Excursion Taiko Experiences for the 2023 school year (April 2023-March 2024).

Please Note: We do not accept bookings over the phone. Please fill out the dedicated online application form. Please inquire for further details.

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Corporate Training

Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan) offers memorable, effective Team Building sessions centred around taiko. Team building cultivates a sense of belonging to an organization and promotes collaboration. Its many benefits include facilitating communication, enhancing wellbeing and mental balance, and helping colleagues share ideas and exchange information more freely.

Taiko is a wonderful instrument that helps teams connect through nonverbal communication and the feel-good visceral sound. By beating the taiko together and listening to the sound your group conjures as one, you will nurture feelings of mutual acceptance, compassion, support, and respect. During the session, you will also create a taiko piece together based on your company’s mission and what’s important to the members of your team. Turning your words and ideas into good vibrations that you play together on the taiko is an amazing way to connect as a team. It’s a great way to foster empathy and unity throughout your organization, too.
Taiko playing brings a person’s true self to the forefront and it’s a great equalizer. We’re sure you’ll discover new things in common with your colleagues as you learn together through taiko.

Cultural Exchange

The acclaimed Kodo ensemble travels throughout Japan and around the globe with taiko. Every time they perform, they inspire people to start learning taiko and to visit Sado Island.
Since 2007, Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan) has contributed to Kodo’s mission to connect people through taiko, offering Taiko Experiences, Exadon workshops, and more. Tatakokan is a place where people can visit Kodo and experience the Kodo way: living, learning and creating.Large numbers of overseas visitors come to Tatakokan each year, so it’s a special place on Sado where you’re bound to meet people from all over the world.

When people come here for a Taiko Experience session, we often combine a few small groups together to make it more fun—the more, the merrier. If there are people from different countries and cultural backgrounds in the same session, it doesn’t matter if they don’t share a common language: they always manage to communicate and bond through playing taiko as a group. One of the wonderful things about taiko is its amazing power to connect people without words. When you play taiko together, you resonate with one another.

As well as Taiko Experiences, visitors to Tatakokan can also try other Japanese cultural activities such as sashiko embroidery, making soba noodles by hand, and chopstick making. Soba making and taiko playing as a combined experience is particularly popular amongst overseas visitors.

On Sado Island, locals uphold a wide range of folk arts, such as onidaiko (demon deity drum) dances, which greatly differ from village to village. So when Sado Island residents come to Tatakokan for performance and exchange events, they are often surprised at the diverse variations they encounter here.

The Centre is a welcoming space where people can gather to enjoy local, domestic, and international cultural exchange. We look forward to seeing you at our events, or hosting your unique event here.