Tokyo’s music paradise! Discover the musical instrument stores area “Ochanomizu”!

Impressions from our explorations in Ochanomizu

“Ochanomizu” is the city with the most musical instrument stores in Japan. Here, about 50 musical instrument stores are lined up on the main street next to JR Ochanomizu Station and the surrounding area. Learn more about the charm of this neighborhood which artists from all over the world visit to find the perfect match!


Originally, the musical instrument stores were built for the students studying at the surrounding universities, now Japanese and foreign professional musicians and music lovers visit Ochanomizu in order to purchase high-quality instruments. There are limited edition instruments “Made in Japan” and all kinds of instruments – from rare vintage items to reasonably priced beginner ones.

Many of the shops specialize in one type of instrument. Instead of having a large assortment of different instruments, these shops will overwhelm you with their wide selection of ukuleles, drums, guitars and so on. Therefore, when you visit this neighborhood, you will find the instrument you have dreamt of for sure.

During the year-end and New Year holidays most of the stores have big sales. If you have the opportunity to visit Ochanomizu during the coming season, you might make a great deal. Walking around Tokyo’s music town Ochanomizu is fun in itself. But if you are a music fan, you HAVE to visit!

The well known artist Ryudo Uzaki starred in our video (This was shot at AOKI GAKKI)

As a small holiday season treat, we asked the staff (most of them are musicians) of nine musical instrument stores to play the winter classic “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”! Enjoy the video!

These are the instrument stores featured in the video:

MIYAJI GAKKI (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboard)
1-4, Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

KUROSAWA VIOLIN (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bows)
2-2-1, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

TANIGUCHI GAKKI (Accordion & Harmonica, Lefty guitar & bass)
1-8, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

ACOUSTIC PLANET (Acoustic guitar, Classical guitar)
BASS PLANET (Bass, Vintage bass)
2-4-5, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

ISHIBASHI MUSIC FINEST GUITARS (Electric guitars /Gibson, Fender Custom Shop)
1-8-6, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

ISHIBASHI MUSIC OCHANOMIZU HONTEN (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Wind instrument)
2-2, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

SHIMOKURA MUSIC (Wind instruments, Guitar, Bass)
2-2, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

DRUM CONNECTION (Drums, Cymbal, Percussion)
3-22, Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

AKIO GAKKI (Ukulele)
3-7, Kanda Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Map of music town Ochanomizu (Japanese):楽器map/

More information about the music town (Chiyoda Music Association):