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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5.0in the last week
Came here a few years ago but since then it has been completely refurbished, and very impressive it is too. Interesting gallery exhibits provide a very brief history of Kabuki. And the performances.. simply stunning. Runs over 4 hours including intervals, and text based translation devices are available in English. Highly recommended, a magical experience..
5.03 weeks ago
Fantastic...read all of the notices (about food, drink, translation systems, resturaunts, etc.) Chose 1st Class seats on 1st floor. Choose wisely, as a lot of action happens on the runway (pending the show).
Went for the matinee (all 3 shows) - was almost too much (per western standards) - 2 plays, 3 intermissions (the first being a "lunch break"), and the last act was a dance/music number associated with play number 2. There is an option for same day, single play (see the website)
Absolutely worth it. Would do it again, just might change seats to see the runway better.
4.0a month ago
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.
5.04 weeks ago
Wonderful way to see kabuki, a traditional beautiful theater art. Get the one act ticket if you are unfamiliar and see if it is for you. If you go during peak times you may have to stand. Also get the little translator as it will help you understand what’s going on. You may have to wait in a line to get in but it’s worth it.
4.02 weeks ago
It was a fun/unique experience. They provide English translation screens for $1000 yen per person. The only downside is that you are not guaranteed to see the end of the play, as was the case in our show. The show had a good mix of drama and comedy.