Kabukiza Theater
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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • ahatcher1185
    168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kabuki First-Timers
    We went to one act of an afternoon performance and really enjoyed it! We bought tickets in advance and picking them up at will call was very straightforward - as was our experience everywhere in Japan, there were plenty of helpful people to guide us.Although neither of us speak Japanese or are very familiar with kabuki, we were able to follow along with the story pretty easily. But, even more memorable than the play itself, was the overall artistry of the whole production and the beauty of the theater. Our only regret in going was that we didn't stay for another act!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • mxafon555
    Oxford, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Experience
    To let others know incase you share my characteristics - I am queer/trans, overweight, tattooed, use a walking stick with limited mobility, white british. We needed to pick up our tickets from under the theatre, which is part of the station. I booked tickets for 3 acts as they were not selling single act tickets (thats why only 4/5, single act would have been enough) I had to get cheap tickets which were very high up, but a lift meant I could get there easily. We were late but allowed in. This next part is totally my fault, I knew going in I have terrible vertigo. I lasted about 20 mins, and left feeling horribly sick and dizzy. The staff were amazing, gave me a drink and offered to take me to a room to lie down. Me and my Dad were both tired so we decided to leave after seeing one short act. I am a theatre nerd and found the building and how people treated going to the theatre very interesting. No regrets even though I hardly saw anything. The full play would have been 4.00 - 8.30 with lots of breaks. You can walk in and out and it's easy to book from the UK.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom514 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a show
    I went to a full-length show and enjoyed every bit of it! The staff was also very helpful and you can rent an English audio guide which I highly recommend. It was a very memorable experience and I hope that I'll be able to return at some point.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Eric L
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous experience
    This is a wonderful experience for anyone interested in learning about traditional Japanese culture. The stagecraft - costuming, scenery, and effects - are gorgeous, and the performances are subtle. The theater is itself a beautiful building with and enormous grand stage. Visitors should understand, though, that it may be hard to follow what is going on in the story and that the plot unfolds slowly.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • KodaDes from Oz
    38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sneak Peak at Kabuki
    This was the quick introductory version for the first time Kabuki viewer. It is advisable to book your seats on-line. You can go for the whole show which can spread out over a few hours or see the optional one act which we did. We booked the reserved seats and got to experience this most interesting musical and dance theater. Even though one may not understand the language, the short description on the program was enough guidance to follow along. I would definitely go again for the entire show after learning more about the art.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2024
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CaptPete43
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Each time I am in Tokyo I try to attend. This is a truly unique Japanese cultural experience. The renovation of the Kabuki za made it even better than before.
Written 26 March 2024
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KodaDes from Oz
38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was the quick introductory version for the first time Kabuki viewer. It is advisable to book your seats on-line. You can go for the whole show which can spread out over a few hours or see the optional one act which we did. We booked the reserved seats and got to experience this most interesting musical and dance theater. Even though one may not understand the language, the short description on the program was enough guidance to follow along. I would definitely go again for the entire show after learning more about the art.
Written 18 February 2024
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Eric L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a wonderful experience for anyone interested in learning about traditional Japanese culture. The stagecraft - costuming, scenery, and effects - are gorgeous, and the performances are subtle. The theater is itself a beautiful building with and enormous grand stage. Visitors should understand, though, that it may be hard to follow what is going on in the story and that the plot unfolds slowly.
Written 10 January 2024
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I went to a full-length show and enjoyed every bit of it! The staff was also very helpful and you can rent an English audio guide which I highly recommend.
It was a very memorable experience and I hope that I'll be able to return at some point.
Written 5 December 2023
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Again, for something completely different. Today we attended a traditional Japanese play at the famed Kabuzika Theatre. In fact we sat through two plays - all in Japanese - for 4.5 hours in total (with a 20 min & 30 minute break). The first play was a historic play by Tsuyura Nanboku IV (in case you were interested) with “a fantastic story and spectacular stage tricks”. The second play was a lighter, domestic play - which was quite funny (even though we couldn’t actually understand the commentary). They were both really good - and clearly very popular judging by the huge audience.
Written 26 October 2023
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mxafon555
Oxford, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
To let others know incase you share my characteristics - I am queer/trans, overweight, tattooed, use a walking stick with limited mobility, white british. We needed to pick up our tickets from under the theatre, which is part of the station. I booked tickets for 3 acts as they were not selling single act tickets (thats why only 4/5, single act would have been enough) I had to get cheap tickets which were very high up, but a lift meant I could get there easily. We were late but allowed in. This next part is totally my fault, I knew going in I have terrible vertigo. I lasted about 20 mins, and left feeling horribly sick and dizzy. The staff were amazing, gave me a drink and offered to take me to a room to lie down. Me and my Dad were both tired so we decided to leave after seeing one short act. I am a theatre nerd and found the building and how people treated going to the theatre very interesting. No regrets even though I hardly saw anything. The full play would have been 4.00 - 8.30 with lots of breaks. You can walk in and out and it's easy to book from the UK.
Written 1 June 2023
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ahatcher1185
168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went to one act of an afternoon performance and really enjoyed it! We bought tickets in advance and picking them up at will call was very straightforward - as was our experience everywhere in Japan, there were plenty of helpful people to guide us.Although neither of us speak Japanese or are very familiar with kabuki, we were able to follow along with the story pretty easily. But, even more memorable than the play itself, was the overall artistry of the whole production and the beauty of the theater. Our only regret in going was that we didn't stay for another act!
Written 24 May 2023
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Erreerre
London, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We went to Kabuki-za for Part 2 of their Spring programme. We loved it, even without understanding Japanese we could really enjoy the acting skills of the players. Amazing experience.
Written 24 April 2023
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Victorya D
52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We weren't sure how much we would like Kabuki Theater, but we are really glad we took the time to experience it. We saw a matinee show that only had 1 ticket option, so we weren't sure how long it would be. There were 30 min breaks between acts. We didn't not want to lose a whole day so we left after the second act. If you have auditory sensitivities you should know some shows have very loud noises for most of the show.
Written 16 April 2023
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Ellen V
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Amazing experience, acting and music. Proofs were very interesting. Bento at intermission is a must (byo).
I’m glad I got dressed up for this. There were ladies in full kimono with their hair done :)
Written 23 March 2023
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