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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5.02 months ago
We went for a 1 act affordable ticket instead of full 4.5h performance. Sittings is on a highest part of the balcony. It's worth taking an automatic translation pad (subtitles basically) for 500 yen to follow what's going on on the scene. They don't rent binoculars and it makes sense to have one.
It was our first acquaintance with kabuki genre. Understanding it requires an effort, I guess, not just 1 act visit)
4.04 months ago
Greatly enjoyed kabuki theater. It's unique, beautiful, and very not western. We did the matinee where you can see a single act for much cheaper than you would need for a full ticket. Unfortunately, the seats are really high up and VERY small so your knees and butt might not be very comfortable. It is very easy to hear and watch the performers up there and they also offer translation kits. If I went again, I'd probably spring for a lower level ticket so I could be more comfortable. Well worth the visit and the single act was less than 30 minutes from lining up to buy the ticket to exiting the theater.
5.0in the last week
Great venue with world class performances. One act shows are great for tourists who want to experience this Classical Japanese Theater format, yet don’t have the several hours available for a full show.
4.02 weeks ago
This was a nice theatre. You can get single act tickets on the day of the show for a good price. It seems like there isn't a bad seat in the house.
5.03 weeks ago
Saw a full 4 act show and enjoyed it very much. You can bring your own food to eat at intermission. If you wanna just see 1 act, come early as there's only so many seats.