Sakura Sakura Project “Shimabara Castle Koto Class

The new school year has started and children newly promoted to the third grade of elementary school are now eligible.

Shimabara Castle has started a Koto (Japanese stringed instrument) class on July 23, 2022.
The target audience is from third grade elementary school students!※ Participation by adults has also become possible from this fiscal year!
As of the end of March of Reiwa 3 (2021), 37 people are participating ♪

To coincide with the first holding of the National Cultural Festival ‘Nagasaki Peace Culture Festival 2025’ in Nagasaki Prefecture in Reiwa 7, we aim to hold a koto (Japanese harp) concert in the autumn of Reiwa 7!!
If you are interested, please join us!

We are also accepting donations of kotos (koto) that are no longer in use.
We are waiting for those who would like to use them for children!


To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the construction of Shimabara Castle, an event was held on April 6th, 2024 (Saturday), featuring a koto workshop concert at Shimabara Castle.
Amidst the watchful eyes of many guests, we conducted a challenge of the ‘Sakura Sakura Relay Performance’ by 53 participants, a presentation by students, a performance by a female gidayu (narrative singing) artist, and a model performance of ‘Koto Music Kasumi Kai’ by instructor Ms. Ito Kasumi.

Please see the information flyer for details 👇


Shimabara Castle Koto Class

◎ Subjects

Elementary school 3rd graders and above (both boys and girls are welcome).

◎ Schedule

Twice a month (2nd and 4th Saturdays)

  • Morning class 10:00-12:00
  • Afternoon class: 13:30-15:30
  • Please contact us if your schedule does not work out due to other lessons, etc.


Reiwa 6th year
April 13th (Saturday), 27th (Saturday)
May 11th (Saturday), 25th (Saturday)
June 8th (Saturday), 22nd (Saturday)
July 13th (Saturday), 27th (Saturday)
August 10th (Saturday), 24th (Saturday)
September 14th (Saturday), 28th (Saturday)
October 12th (Saturday), 26th (Saturday)
November 9th (Saturday), 23rd (Saturday)
December 14th (Saturday), 28th (Saturday)

Reiwa 7th year
January 11th (Saturday), 25th (Saturday)
February 8th (Saturday), 22nd (Saturday)
March 8th (Saturday), 22nd (Saturday)

◎ Venue

Shimabara Castle Tourism Reconstruction Memorial Hall (1F)

◎ Cost

1,000 yen/month Free of charge for the month of enrollment

◎ Lecturer

Kasumi Ito and several others

※The venue and date/time of the event may be subject to change depending on the event’s status.

Inquiries and applications

Shimabara Castle Keep Office Koto Classroom Office Attn: Suetsugu
TEL:0957-62-4766 / FAX:0957-73-9766

You can also apply for membership here ☝︎