Sogakudo Concert Hall

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The old Sōgakudō Concert Hall

The Sōgakudō Concert Hall (奏楽堂) is a concert hall in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan.

Old Hall[edit]

Established in 1890, it is the oldest western-style concert hall in Japan. Formerly the hall belonged to the Tokyo Music School, now the Tokyo University of the Arts. By 1972, it had become too old for school use, so Taitō Ward obtained the property, now designated an Important Cultural Property.[1][2][3] The hall was rebuilt in Ueno park, and nearby stands the statue of Rentarō Taki, one of its alumni.

New Hall[edit]

The new Sōgakudō Concert Hall opened on the university campus in April 1998. The structure, by Okada Architect & Associates with acoustical design by Nagata Acoustics, is insulated from the vibrations of the subway below by rubber springs.[4][5]


  1. ^ Watanabe Hiroshi (2001). The Architecture of Tōkyō. Edition Axel Menges. p. 64. ISBN 3-930698-93-5.
  2. ^ "旧東京音楽学校奏楽堂" [Former Tokyo School of Music Sōgakudō]. Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ 旧東京音楽学校奏楽堂の成り立ち [The Former Tokyo Music School Sogakudo] (in Japanese). Taitō Ward. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Sogakudo Concert Hall" (PDF). Nagata Acoustics. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  5. ^ 受賞歴 1999 東京芸術大学奏楽堂 [Awards 1999 Tokyo University of the Arts Sōgakudō] (in Japanese). Okada Architect & Associates. Retrieved 8 March 2012.

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Coordinates: 35°43′05″N 139°46′23″E / 35.718034°N 139.773125°E / 35.718034; 139.773125