Kawabata is mainly famous for his leadership of Acid Mothers Temple and its variants; however, he has additionally played in a large number of additional bands after the start of his career in the late 1970s. Some of these bands are:
- Baroque Bordello
- Toho Sara
- Musica Transonic
- Mothers of Invasion
- Floating Flower
In addition to the a large number of records recorded with bands, Kawabata Makoto has an extensive solo discography. Major releases are:
- The 'Private Tapes' series (1999–2004)
- Inui.1 (2000)
- Inui.2 (2000)
- I'm in Your Inner Most (2001)
- Hosanna Mantra (2007)
- Inui.4 (2007)
- We're one-sided lovers each other's (2013- Bam Balam.records)
In 2000, Kawabata wrote "Music, for me, is neither something that I create, nor a form of self-expression. All kinds of sounds exist everywhere around us, and my performances solely consist of picking up these sounds, like a radio tuner, and playing them so that people can hear them."
"When I was a kid, I really loved Ritchie Blackmore - not so much the guitar style, just I liked his look, atmosphere, on the stage. Always, he stood on this side [right], additionally the stratocaster, and black clothes, and quite aggressive [playing]. I really loved this image, so I wear just black. Also - easy to co-ordinate!"