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Traditional Japanese Kabuki performances can be seen at this refurbished theater in the Ginza district.
4-12-15 Ginza, Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
+81 3-3545-6800
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

The theater is an excellent glimpse into the past...one can opt for an audio guide to understand ...as it is in Japanese language..However, the catch is in getting the tickets..if one has to see only one act of the play....the tickets are few and get...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

We opted for the full matinee program, which consisted of two plays: a one-act comedy, and a 3-act tragedy, totalling 4 hr and 40 min including 55 minutes of intermissions. We didn't have reserved seats; instead, we arrived at the theater around 10:30 am. (You...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to see a show there. Nonetheless, I’m glad I did because the whole experience was incredible. For non-Japanese speaking folks, be sure to rent the visual subtitles guide (I don’t know what it’s called) so you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank sourcola
Reviewed November 27, 2018

Went here on a whim while walking through Ginza and bought a half hour show ticket. What a mistake! I know a tiny bit about kabuki and really wish I had purchased a ticket for an entire play since 30 minutes had me wanting much...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Skaerje
Reviewed November 14, 2018

The Kabukiza theater offers midday matine plays on weekdays for a very friendly 2000 Yen (price from 2018. september) and gives a glimpse of the ancient art of kabuki plays. Music, set, costumes, wigs and make up gives a fascinating experience even if you are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Kabuki with my wife. Bought lunchboxes on the B2 floor of Mitsukoshi Ginza and rented an Ear Phone Guide. A deviation from our routine is that we got our seats on the second floor. A good thing about it is that you can get a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

Great traditional Japanese theater experience. The movements, acts and costumes. We are glad that we saw all three shows, from 11 to about 3. They were all very different; and, since they were excellent, time went by fast. We rented the English translators, and had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank JPDallas
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Easy to get seats for the 11am half hour show, we got there at 10:30 to join the queue. Very good value for a half hour performance to give you a taste.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Westlake_3
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Kabuki is one of THE cultural icons of Japan. It has a very formalized style and form which might be strange to occidental visitors, but definitely worth experiencing. It is a very special gesture to treat your Japanese business hosts to an evening at the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I went to Kabukiza Theater intending to buy only a one Act same day ticket. While in line, we decided to go gor the entire 3 acts of the 11:00 am show. It was long, but we were glad we saw all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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Janet W
January 17, 2019|
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Response from GeorgeFMarkhamON | Reviewed this property |
Typically you can buy tickets for kabuki about a month before online but that's for the entire performance only in the evening.
January 4, 2019|
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Response from pamelaao2018 | Reviewed this property |
I'd arrive early, especially if you want to buy a bento box there.
November 6, 2018|
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Response from normanp311 | Reviewed this property |
It is only open for specific performance seasons throughout the year. The best way to check is to go on to their website that shows what months - and the days.
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Will Kabukiza theater put us to sleep? (9 Replies)
This is sort of a weird question. We're coming into Tokyo on an overnight flight (heading east) and will touch down with basically no sleep. I'm loath to give up a whole day in Tokyo, so we're planning activities for the day. Originally, I had Shunka-en Bonsai for Sunday (our arrival day) and then Kabukiza theater (one act) later in the week. Turns out that Sunday is the last day of Kabukiza theater until after we leave. So should we go to Kabukiza theater for the 4:30, one-act show on...More
July 27, 2018|
Response fromShibuyakko|
July’s evening program is Genji Monogatari, a Japanese classic, and Ichikawa Ebizo is the main character. For a Kabuki fan, it’s a fantastic program, but if you don’t know anything about the story and kabuki itself, it might just put you to sleep 😴 Read about the story before you go. Note that Sunday will be busy so you’ll have to be there and line up for makumi tickets about one hour before the program starts. Otherwise you won’t get a ticket or end up standing.
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You've got shibuya, harajuku, akihabara and kabukicho on there twice..?
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