Izushi Eirakukan

Izushi Eirakukan, Toyooka: Hours, Address, Izushi Eirakukan Reviews: 4.5/5

Izushi Eirakukan
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Eiraku-kan Theatre in Izushi, Toyooka
Jul 2015 • Family
This is a small theatre in the Izushi district of Toyooka City, northern Hyogo Prefecture. Though it is small by any standard, it is known to be the oldest existing traditional theatre for Kabuki in the Kansai area of Japan.

Its history goes back to 1901 when it opened its door with all kinds of plays, vaudeville shows and later motion pictures. It was a popular movie theatre after WW II for nearly two decades, but it was closed down in 1964 due to the declining popularity of movies in general as television became the centre of family entertainment in Japan.

In 2008, the Toyooka City government brought the Eiraku-kan Theatre back to its former glory by completely restoring it, including all the theatrical mechanism.

The Eiraku-kan started to bring in a small Kabuki troop on a regular basis in 2008 with a few relatively minor actors, headed by Kataoka Ainosuke from Osaka. For a few years following, it was unable to secure a full house for their Kabuki presentations, but when Kataoka became a big TV drama star in 2013, his Kabuki performance at the Eiraku-kan Theatre became a super popular entertainment for the local people as well as fans from all over Japan.

The theatre is open for viewing for a small fee. It won’t take any more than 30 minutes to see the whole building. If you happen to be in the Izushi region, or travelling to Kinosaki (a hot spring resort), or the Sea of Japan, drop by to see how a traditional Japanese theatre looks like in a country side.
Written September 4, 2015
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