Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Classical Music in Ueno & Yanesen

The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Ballet both make regular appearances at this concrete bunker of a building designed by Maekawa Kunio, an apprentice of Le Corbusier. Prices vary wildly; look out for monthly morning classical-music performances that cost only ¥500. The gorgeously decorated auditorium, with cloud-shaped acoustic panels on the wall, has superb acoustics.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan is the main venue for Tokyo Haru-sai, a classical-music festival that takes place every spring. There's also a music library where it's free to listen to vinyl (mainly classical but also Japanese and various other ethnic and folk music) on old turntables.


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