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Fascinating

Just the building to see, no props. A short tour in english and then you can wonder around... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2019
cleeve2017
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
Excellent jump in the past (and present)

Very helpful, informative, friendly and available guide/receptionist in English (and other... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2019
YG-EG
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Geneva, Switzerland
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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。

Date of experience: April 2017
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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 and museum in Tokyo are much more informative even if not the oldest theatre in the country.
So my recommendation is: first visit Kabukiza in Tokyo and watch a play whenever possible, then eventually visit Konpira if you happen to be in Kotohira. We did the opposite unfortunately and we probably missed a lot of the Konpira theater visit.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank stism
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Reviewed October 2, 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 shaped bamboo roof, bound with twine.
Ideally seeing a show there would be the ultimate experience, but visiting the theatre is still worthwhile.

Date of experience: October 2016
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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 of Japan. They also have an english handout if needed. We loved the place and also walked the nearby shrine steps which had numerous shops and a Saki Museum.

Date of experience: June 2016
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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 (national Important Cultural Property).
I revisited Kotohira this April all the way to see the Kabuki plays here. It is all wooden, naturally lit. I enjoyed very much and appreciated the difference compared with the kabuki plays I saw in big theaters of Tokyo. If you can not manage to get the ticket, it is still worth visit.

Date of experience: April 2015
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