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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4.0a month 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.
5.02 months ago
Getting the single act tickets is a little inconvenient - on sale at very limited times, only 1 ticket per person, cash only. But it's well worth it for this unique Japanese experience! And the price of a single act is a bargain - I paid 1100Y for an act of about 45 min. Imagine getting to see a little of a Broadway show for $10. Web site is very helpful, search Kabuki web.
5.03 months ago
Beautiful place, wonderful shows.
You can rent a tablet for the translation of the play. It is ¥500 with a ¥1000 deposit.
I highly recommend seeing at least one play if you are in town. Line up early for the 111:30 am show. I got there at 10 and it was almost sold out (for the single act ticket)
5.0a week ago
Amazing show. All the actors were great, especially 尾上松緑. My new favorite actor.
5.04 weeks ago
Outstanding! I’ve returned to Japan three times, each time I watched a Kabuki performance. I love seeing these incredibly talented artists display their craft.