Kabukiza Theater

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Kabukiza Theater
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Traditional Japanese Kabuki performances can be seen at this refurbished theater in the Ginza district.
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Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's also a downtown area with shops that were founded over a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza. It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels, world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular with anyone looking for a night out.
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Eric_Greeney
Finland872 contributions
Oct 2019
Kabuki-za is to my understanding the most valued Kabuki theatre in Japan. The traditional art of kabuki is something unique and, of course, best appreciated by watching a play. The tickets can be quite pricey, shows full booked and naturally only in Japanese, but there is a solution for both problems: single act tickets. They are reasonably priced available only at the day of the show and limit the time of your experience so it does not get too exhausting.

For single act tickets check the Kabuki-za website: you should be waiting in line at the right time and the rules are very strict. The box office for these tickets is outside, on the left side of the main entrance. We managed to get our tickets for 1000 yen (for about an half an hour act) and had time for a cup of noodles before the show. The second part: you have to be there well in time (see the instructions, again). there is a separate entrance next to the box office, where you will find an elevator. This takes you to the highest floor, were you are supposed to find your place in a queue. When the time is right, patrons are allowed to enter. There is a limited number of seats with first come first served principle. Luckily, this show was not too crowded and we got our seats easily.

The theatre is large, ans the view from the highest floor is a bit limited but adequate. There is a special feeling in the shouted announcements and claves percussion that are so unmistakably Japanese. Our show was the last act, which supposedly often is a dance, like this one. There was a choir of singers, a group of shamisen players and later on, a group of koto players was revealed behind a veil. Soloists sang and danced, and you could tell the performance was highly professional with delicate expression.

Most of the other patrons were Japanese. As foreigners, we were given a leaflet briefly explaining the events and synopsis in English, which helped a lot. The beauty of the theatre, costumes, the setting on the scene were truly impressive and this experience was one that brought us closest to Japanese culture during our stay this time. I am really glad we had the courage for this excursion and can only recommend Kabuki-zato Tokyo visitors, if you have any deeper interest in Japanese tradition!
Written August 10, 2020
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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
Nov 2019
Chock it up for a unique cultural experience. I few years ago I visited Tokyo and went by this theatre. It was dark and we only walked the exterior looking at the billboards. This time around, the theatre was open and we discovered that we could purchase a no reservation ticket. It was quite an experience and surprisingly there was quite a lineup and seating was a first come first serve basis. There was quite a line up but our family was able to visit the displays around the hallway and view pictures of celebrated kabuki performers. It was interesting to see the theatre in miniature form and the various reconstruction from fire destruction to WWII allied bombing attacks. So this newly renovated theatre is suppose to withstand potential earthquakes. It is a magnificent architectural design based on Baroque Japanese revival styling. The play itself was interesting to a certain extent. We had no idea what the story line was and the stage design was minimal and there were limited actors interacting. It didn't take long for all of us to fall asleep in the dark theatre. Still an interesting experience.
Written May 28, 2020
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DayTrip819223
North Carolina15 contributions
Sep 2019
Went to short version. A neat cultural experience. Make sure you get one of the little translators to use,makes it more enjoyable to know the story as you go along. Nice venue and costumes.
Written December 30, 2019
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creepygeek
Seattle, WA20 contributions
Oct 2019
Went to see a full length Kabuki show and rented a subtitle machine. Was about 3 hours and it was not at all boring - the plot was bonkers! It had stabbings, betrayals, incest, decapitations - if you see a kabuki show, it will not be a long dismal meditation on whatever - SH*T WILL GO DOWN! Other reviews had not prepared me for so much action! After the main performance there was a short scene that was more Noh-style - very formal but beautiful, to help calm things down. A very fun and exciting evening!
Written December 25, 2019
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Penelope W
3 contributions
Jan 2019
Superior actors, superior sets, superior musicians, superior plays! Excellent in every way. I wish I could be there now.
Written December 18, 2019
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Himalaya B
Yeosu, South Korea8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
the single show ticket is 1500 yen. I suggest to visit the place a hour before the show. you can also learn about the theater history and kabuki actors, methods in the history section on 4th floor while waiting for show. A roof garden also has souvenir shop and place to relax and see ginza.
Written December 16, 2019
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Kell E
164 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We caught the last two acts. It was raining horribly outside and here we could sit and culture came to us. The theater is impressive. Spend the extra $5 for the translation box. It enhanced the experience greatly. I don’t think I will ever forget this.
Written December 4, 2019
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Anna
4 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
The tickets are available over the counter half an hour before the play which spares all the hassle with prebooking. The theatre itself is impressive and the play worth seeing even for non Japanese speakers. The costumes from Edo period look like a fairytale, it was also suprising to hear the music and voices during the play. You can use Enhlish transcripts.
Written November 30, 2019
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Dimitar G
Sofia, Bulgaria863 contributions
Nov 2019
a real touch to the local culture, amazing show, although longer than expected, definitely worth a visit
Written November 20, 2019
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kennethccc
California18 contributions
Nov 2019
I came here just to take some photo in front of the theater. Actually, I tried to watch Kabuki, but I did not enough time to watch it. I will be back here for watching kabuki next time!
Written November 19, 2019
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