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Sometimes, when you are traveling around, your improvisation song comes out naturally by inspiration, don’t yo …

Sometimes, when you are traveling around, your improvisation song comes out naturally by inspiration, don’t you? Then, why not try to get musical instruments. It might be a chance to produce new Songs!

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The area along Meida-dori avenue from JR Ochanomizu station to Surugadai-shita Intersection is called “Ochanomizu Musical Instrument area”. There are many special instruments and sheet music stores lined up on the street. “Guitar Street,” as it is sometimes also called, is a lively hub of music stores and enthusiasts. The sounds of Aerosmith, Osbourne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers pour out onto the street as pierced and red-haired rockers mix among the high school students picking out their first instruments with their parents. The night lights shine off the finishes of the hundreds and thousands of guitars lining the walls of the stores. There is a lot of know-how and a lot of expertise here among the customers and shop clerks who engage in lively discussions and demonstrations of each instrument, accessory and tool.

It’s not all about rock and roll, either. Next door, a sales clerk wearing a suit and white gloves expertly draws a bow across the strings of a violin and a cello.

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The district consumes the street of Meidai Dori, named for Meiji University (Meiji Daigaku), which sits among the bustling stores. Some shops sell used instruments as well. You will also find some jazz bars and music clubs mixed in.

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Tokyo is sometimes accused of being too cold. It can be possible, but not here. You will never be boring on this street. Please check it out!

Station

Ochanomizu

Price

varies according to the shop

Open

varies according to the shop~varies according to the shop