Obon vacation part 3: Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

Hamamatsu is known as the “city of music”, so it seems fitting that such a city should have a Museum of Musical Instruments.  The museum is located just 10 minutes on foot from Hamamatsu station, right across from Act Tower.  The entrance fee is only 400 Yen, which makes me think I’ll most likely be visiting again on the next rainy day.

The museum displays hundreds of musical instruments from around the world; many of them gorgeous to look at. I took far too many photos, as usual, so please check out the whole collection on Flickr.  I hardly know where to begin in giving a summary of the museum, so I will simply give you my top 3 reasons to go there:

3. Japanese instruments

If you have any interest in Japanese culture and music, you would have probably come across instruments such as taiko drums, shamisen and koto. The museum, naturally, has a large collection of Japanese instruments, and it really was a pleasure to see them.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

There’s even a koto which you are allowed to play.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

The koto makes such a distinctly Japanese sound, and it was very easy to make a nice sound from it (unlike my efforts with other instruments…). You have to wear these picks on your fingers to play it, as you can see in the photo above.

2. Play room

What kind of instrument museum would this be if all you could do was look at the instruments? Of course, there is a play room, where you can try out a range of different instruments.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

I found I was actually a little self-conscious about my lack of musical ability, but it was fun listening to other people play. My mum had no such fears… 😉

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

1. You’re allowed to take photos!

Not just in the play room, but throughout the entire museum you are allowed to take photos. I thought this was wonderful, as some of the instruments were so beautiful and interesting.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

I’ve always loved music, although I’m not particularly musical myself. However, even if you can’t play any instruments there is still a lot to gain from this museum. There are many listening posts where you can check out samples of the instruments you can see, and sometimes there are live demonstrations.

This museum is definitely one of Hamamatsu’s highlights.

Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments

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