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Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan)

A jewel in the Sea of Japan, Sado Island is a treasure trove of traditional Japanese culture and nostalgic scenery.
Come over and experience the joy of playing taiko (Japanese drums) to your heart’s content in stunning natural surroundings.



Sado Island Taiko Centre (also called Tatakokan) was built from local Sado Island timber and features a large hall, traditional cooking classroom, exhibition room, and meeting rooms. The Centre has large balconies that overlook Mano Bay and the Osado mountain range, providing visitors with stunning natural views all year round.

“Taiko Experience” programs and a range of other events are on offer here throughout the year. The facilities are also available for hire and often used by the local community and an array of groups for activities such as workshops, performances, music rehearsals, and meetings.

Tatakokan is home to two huge taiko drums that were hand-carved from an enormous 600-year-old keyaki (Japanese zelkova) log by members of taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo. These one-of-a-kind drums are on display and ready to be played by visitors to the Centre. Please drop by and hear their deep vibrations echo throughout the wooden hall and surrounding hills.

*Equipped with free wifi internet, barrier-free access, & accessible restroom facilities.


How to Get to Sado Island & the Taiko Centre

There are three ferry routes to Sado from mainland Niigata Prefecture: Niigata–Ryotsu, Naoetsu–Ogi and Teradomari–Akadomari. To reach Sado Island Taiko Centre by car, it is an approximately 60-min. drive from Ryotsu Port, 30-min. drive from Akadomari Port, and 10-min. drive from Ogi Port.

Taiko Experience Programs

Sado Island Taiko Centre offers unique programs that utilize the decades of experience & know-how acquired by Sado-based, world-renowned taiko performing arts ensemble Kodo.

Our programs are designed to let beginners thoroughly enjoy playing taiko for the first time. The participants play a range of games using taiko and experience the unique joy of playing together, as one, by mindfully tuning into one another.

[Individual Course] For individuals, families, and small groups of friends.

太鼓体験5Taiko Experience Sessions: 3 times a day ([1] 10:00–, [2] 13:30–, [3] 15:00–) on Saturdays, Sundays, & public holidays (Each session lasts approx. 60 mins.)

*Other times available on weekdays. Please inquire for details.

Fee: Adults 2,000 yen, Elementary-school children 1,000 yen.

Preschoolers (ages 5 & under) are free when accompanying an adult.

*Prices until Mar. 31, 2015 are as follows:

Adults 1,600 yen, Elementary-school children 850 yen.

Preschoolers (ages 5 & under) are free when accompanying an adult.

Capacity: 25 people

*Your taiko experience session may include other participants.
*Please note that taiko experience bookings are subject to hall and staff availability.

[Group/Field Trip Course] 90-min. program for large groups

修学旅行Age Requirements: Ages 6 & over (Please inquire for groups incl. children ages 5 & under)

Fee: 2,100 yen per person (1,800 yen per person for groups of 36+)

Group Size Range: 10–70 people

[Taiko Groups]

海外からの団体Please let us know the content, length of workshop(s), and budget you have in mind. We welcome all inquiries and look forward to discussing your needs.


Inquiries by Phone & Fax

Sado Island Taiko Centre
Tel. +81-259-86-2320
Fax. +81-259-86-2385
Open: 9:00–17:00
Closed: Mondays (When Monday is a public holiday, the Centre will be closed on Tuesday instead.)

Inquiries by Email

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Sado Island Information, Accommodations, Transport Inquiries

Sado Tourism Association
Tel. +81-259-27-5000
Fax. +81-259-23-5030
Email: info@visitsado.com

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