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Well worth a visit

This impressive piece of Japanese history comes alive with the lively and fascinating tour by... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Lovely, historic theatre

Do visit this lovely piece of Kabuki history. See the theatre and its backstage areas and you feel... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
Robert D
Brooklyn, New York
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1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 16 December 2018

Easy walk from Kotohira station but signs could defenitely be better. Short but interesting introduction in English available and then you can take a look inside in three floors. The museum would be even more interesting if they had any costumes or pictures to show.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elina S
Reviewed 12 October 2018

This impressive piece of Japanese history comes alive with the lively and fascinating tour by Nitou-san. Highly recommended for anyone looking to experience traditional, Japanese culture.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Do visit this lovely piece of Kabuki history. See the theatre and its backstage areas and you feel as if you are stepping back into time to 1835, when it was built.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Robert D
Reviewed 15 May 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 26waynew
Reviewed 1 December 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

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Maitheng
Reviewed 25 June 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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank VirginiaMitch
Reviewed 2 May 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
Thank yaharake
Reviewed 1 November 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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank stism
Reviewed 2 October 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

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank suem030
Reviewed 21 June 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

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Bradbailey
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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.