Kabuki is a traditional stage play with around 400 years of history. The current style of dance, speech and music using traditional instruments such as shamisen (three-stringed banjo) was established in the early Edo period.
In Tokyo, the most accessible theater is Kabukiza in the Ginza district, which was reopended in 2013 after renovation. Be sure to rent an audio set to fully enjoy the play with a blow-by-blow account. The kiosk sells souvenirs and banto theme in the play topic.
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4.0in the last week
I've done it and I liked it. It is an art. But having so less time to explore the city we chose to see 15 minutes act of the first act. You have to get the cards at the window on the day of the show. They are very cheap, you have to stand though. It was still worth it. A great way to experience the Japanese culture.
5.02 weeks ago
Great experience. A pity that there is no audio guide available in English anymore. Only subs now. Buying tickets online and then printing them in the machine super easy.
5.03 weeks ago
The teater is beautiful and the staff is probably the nicest and most polite staff I've ever encountered. When you leave they all bow and thank you for coming there. The kabuki itself is great. The music, actors and the calls from the audience all make it a lovely experience.
4.02 months ago
My friends and I decided that after four years living in Japan, we should probably go and see kabuki. Aware of the fact that it was a) all in Japanese and b) our Japanese was passable at best, we elected to get the ticket for one show only - a whole day ticket would have been a waste, but the option is there.
I'm glad that we got the limited ticket, because although it was worthwhile going to see, it was also a lot of hard work to get through while awake.
I'd definitely recommend going for the cultural aspect, but you might not enjoy the actual show unless your Japanese is of a decent level and you enjoy theatre in general.
4.03 weeks ago
Text translation to English was not bad, but incomplete. Also very little leg room for anyone tall like myself. Loved the play and everything else. Thankyou 😊