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Taito city Course (Ueno)

5 Sogakudo (Music Hall) Tokyo Music School
(Sogakudo of the Former Tokyo Music School)

National Important Cultural Properties (Building)
Designated on January 13, 1988

Sogakudo (Music Hall) was built in May, 1890 as a lecture and concert hall for Tokyo Music School (now the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts). It was designed by Hanroku Yamaguchi and Masamichi Kuru, who were engineers of Ministry of Education, and its acoustic design was done by Rokushiro Uehara. Structure of the building is 2-story wooden house,tile roofing, consists of Central building and both wings. Sogakudo is located on second floor of Central building. In order to maximize acoustic and sound insulation effect, this hall was elaborated; made hog-backed central ceiling and put bundles of straw under the floor and inside the wall. Therefore its acoustic effect has a great reputation. Due to aging issue for this historical concert hall, relocation plan to Meiji-mura (in Aichi prefecture) came up in 1972. But thanks to the many people's hard work to keep the valuable site for music history in Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods in Ueno, the building was relocated to the current place to be preserved in the woods in Ueno as it was.

Opening times

Date :
Every Tue, Thur, Sun, (Open Wed, Fri, and Sat when the hall is not used)
Time :
9:30-16:30 (Sometimes only open during the morning)
General admission 300 yen, elementary and junior high students 100 yen
Access & Required Time
8-43 Uenokoen, Taito City
10-min walk from JR Ueno Station (Koen Exit), 15-min walk from Subway Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station
No smoking, lavatories. provided.
Photography is prohibited in the exhibition room. And when the hall is used for musical performance, photography is prohibited in the hall.
From April 2013, it will be closed for maintenance. Please call the following number for more information about future schedule.(03-3824-1988)