Piano studios in Japan are open not only for professional musicians but also to beginners and hobbyists. Otoren, a piano studio Tokyo city boasts, offers a wide variety of pianos for rent from upright and grand pianos, to digital pianos situated in a soundproof room.
So, how do you rent a piano studio in Otoren Shinjuku?
1. Booking a Piano Studio
Before coming to Japan, I registered at Otoren via email through their customer service. The staff was accommodating and able to communicate in English fluently. Upon arrival, I went to the counter to fill up a form and get my membership card. This is a one-time process and subsequent bookings can be done online.
2. Choosing Your Piano
Grand pianos are rare in the country where I grew up and work in. Given this, I was looking forward to try and play a Yamaha Grand Piano C3. The piano was in tune and clean. Otoren staff even took time to clean and ~sanitize~ the piano five minutes before the session before me was over. This was to prepare for my schedule and give courtesy to the next user. The rate for this Yamaha C3 was JPY650 per 30 minutes.
3. Recording Your Music
You are allowed to bring your own equipment as long as it fits inside the room. As for us, we brought our Sony A6000 camera and used it to record the whole session. Highly recommend that you do not bring in bulky stuff inside the studio lest you damage the instrument inside! Yikes.
4. How to Get to Otoren Piano Studio Tokyo
There are multiple of options on how to get to Otoren Shinjuku depending on where you’re coming from. Since we’re travelling from Minato, we took the subway lines Mita then Shinjuku to get there. From Shinjuku subway station, it’s about a five-minute walk and our total travel time was around 30 minutes, and our one-way fare was around JPY 270 per pax.
You can also opt for a taxi or Uber if you don’t feel like using the public transport system BUT it will definitely cost you more!
We will definitely come back to Otoren Shinjuku when we return to Japan. They have really friendly and accommodating staff that makes it easier to book a piano studio Tokyo has to offer! We’ll probably include more videos so you can also hear the quality of the instruments they offer.
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