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Former Konpira Old Theater Kanamaruza

1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
+81 877-73-3846
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A great piece of Kabuki history

This old theatre is a little off the beaten track but well worth looking for. It only stages a few... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
kyw20152015
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Melbourne, Australia
Kanamaruza Kabuki theatre (October 2016)

We had like a private tour since I do not think too many tourists stop there. Originally built in... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2017
Maitheng
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This old theatre is a little off the beaten track but well worth looking for. It only stages a few performances a year these days but offers free guided tours that explain the history of the building and the way kabuki performances are produced. The...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2017

We had like a private tour since I do not think too many tourists stop there. Originally built in 1835 and is Japan's oldest Kabuki theatre. When there was a show, it could contain more than 700 people. and places to sit were very selective....More

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Reviewed June 25, 2017

We were able to walk to Kanamaruza from our ryokan, and were treated to a wonderful 30-45 minute tour in English by one of the local volunteers (his love for kabuki was quite infectious!) . The building is extremely impressive, and we left wishing we...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2017

April is the timing of Kabuki performance. Enjoying Kabuki surrounded with atmosphere almost 200 years ago is very exciting and impressive experience. 4月はこんぴら歌舞伎の時期で、200年前の雰囲気残るこの小屋で歌舞伎を見るのは至上の喜びです。

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Reviewed November 1, 2016

What visitors actually pay for is access to the building and its scenary, but they are not given any opportunity to view how they are used in kabuki plays. Too bad no video actually showed a kabuki play in this theater ! The Kabukiza theater...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2016

This is the oldest performing theatre in Japan. It still holds shows in April, for kabuki performances. The information provided was in English and thus it was a very interesting and informative visit. The theatre is fascinating and has been constructed remarkably, with a lattice...More

1  Thank suem030
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Reviewed June 21, 2016

Well we visited this and found it really a perfect experience. Our guide tried and did good enough to speak our foreign language and was quite nice. This building was so old and quite nicely preserved. It is reportedly the oldest surviving Kabuki in all...More

1  Thank Bradbailey
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Reviewed September 19, 2015

Many people including Japanese know the Kabuki plays are staged in big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto almost all year around. But the Kabuki is also performed here in Kompira Oshibai (Kompira Grand Theatre), the oldest but active kabuki theater, built in 1835...More

1  Thank MasakoN
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a restored original (1835) kabuki theater, we were given a guided tour, a little but not much English is available. Then we had the run of the building, audience areas, back stage, under the stage, everything. This is the real thing still in...More

2  Thank Ted C
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

If you visit the Kotohiragu Shrine, this is a must to learn Japan's traditional theatre setting. In a sense, it's a Japanese equivalent of Globe Theatre in London. The grand Kabuki theatres in Tokyo (The Kabuki-za Theatre and the National Theatre), Kyoto (The Minami-za Theatre)...More

3  Thank Chuzaa
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travelingmom59
January 24, 2016|
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Response from MasakoN | Reviewed this property |
Hi, according to the Shochiku Company website, it starts from April 9th and ends on 24th. There are two shows (different titles) each day. Tickets are sold via online and via travel agency like JTB. Hope this info. helps.
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