A familiar rhythm for anyone who’s ever visited a Japanese Matsuri, taiko drumming is not only great to listen to and mesmerizing to watch, but also an incredibly fun activity to try yourself. Head to the forests of Niigata’s Sado Island, east of mainland Niigata Prefecture, and you’ll discover the home of world’s most famous taiko drumming ensemble. Founded in 1981, the ensemble has been based in Kodo Village since 1988. Kodo Village is a 13.2-hectare area which houses a rehearsal hall, residential buildings, workshop and recording studio. The community regularly welcomes visitors, so if you’ve ever had an inclination to try your hand at this hypnotic Japanese tradition, this is the ultimate place to do it.
Taiko Drumming at Sado Island Taiko Centre