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18 Dec 2015
“Visual spectacle”
11 Nov 2015
“good but cramped”
MINAMIZA Theatre is one of the earliest of the seven officially licensed Kabuki theatres built in the early Edo period in the Shijo Kawara area in Kyoto, even before Tokyo and Osaka, and continues to present Kabuki across over 400 years of history...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
198 Nakanomachi Yamatooji Nshi-iru, Shijo Ohashi, Higashiyama-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto 605-0075, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-1155
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

We just came back from an EOY kabuki performance in Kyoto's most famous kabuki theatre, a beautiful building in the Gion district. It was a medley of acts from various well-known kabuki plays. Of course, it was all in Japanese but with the book we...More

6  Thank Fell0w_Traveller49
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The show was really good a real flavour of Japanese theatre - but a good job we had a English programme or we would have struggled to understand a good part of it. The seats are rather uncomfortable so dont expect american cinema recliners here...More

7  Thank swift314
Reviewed 5 July 2015

One does not need to know Japanese to enjoy Kabuki. It requires years of training. Beauty is the aim not reality.

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 24 March 2015

Mostly drama with lots of spoken word so difficult to appreciate most of the show. Costumes were superb as well as the sets. Dancing and acrobats were okay. Much of the show takes place in the audience in the orchestra section so sometimes unable to...More

4  Thank Tim D
Reviewed 18 March 2015

After a disappointing experience at the Gion corner, myself and my partner did a bit of research back at the hotel and came across this theater. We were not disappointed, we had a fantastic time!! This was worth every yen, the show lasted for almost...More

7  Thank Pixie B
Reviewed 2 January 2015

First taste of kabuki theatre - fascinating experience, but pretty incomprehensible. Googled the story to get a sense of what was going on. Seats not built for large westerners, so we jumped at the interval.

3  Thank AlanHoumann
Reviewed 19 September 2014

We came for a performance of kabuiki theater and were very impressed. While we did not understand a word of it (the performance did not have any english headsets available for rental) and the story was hard to follow (the very brief program guide in...More

9  Thank HawaiiNut02760
Reviewed 9 July 2014

There was a rare geisha performance in the Minamiza in July which we went to see. They had geishas and maikos performing from each region. It was very traditional, the kimonos and movements were exquisite and we enjoyed it a lot. Some people found the...More

10  Thank lene67424
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

This Kabuki Theater is located near to the Gion Train station. I really did enjoy the kabuki play especially if you are found of knowing more Japanese arts and culture. This place you shouln't miss to visit. An experience of the real drama and creative...More

4  Thank CarlaTortal
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We went to an introduction to kabuki presentation. I would have given this 5 stars except that the first half of the program--explanations and demonstrations--was available only in Japanese. The second half consisted of two different and interesting dances. Very colorful and a good way...More

2  Thank Pamela A O
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko"
in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and
entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners,
Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with
gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
streets on their way to and from work, where they fan
dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
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