About the Kabuki-za Theatre of JapanIf you have not heard of a local theater that is friendly for tourists, then you haven’t heard about Kabuki-za. Yes, in the beautiful Kabuki-za Theater, you can enjoy a traditional and colorful ancient Japanese theater experience, that considers your limited Japanese language knowledge.
In the theatre which is located in Ginza, you can purchase tickets on discount and watch one of many long acts. During the play, you can rent headphones which have verbal English translation for every act.
Watching Kabuki-za shows might seem boring to those who do not speak Japanese, but surprisingly it is rather fascinating. The colorful play is rich in music and life, in a beautiful and impressive hall. All these components provide a real satisfying experience.
For those interested in local anthropology, culture and
folklore, which were not intended for tourists and therefore give it an
authentic taste, Kabuki-za shows are a must.
Every act in the Kabuki-za Theatre is about half an hour and one hour and a half.
The History of the TheatreOver the years the Kabuki-za Theater had undergone various incarnations. It began in 1889, when the building was built, and continued with the transfer of the ownership to others. Soon after that, it continued with the reconstruction of the building, followed by the devastating bombing and severe damage sustained during World War II and the post-war renovations. In 2013 it was reopened after a huge skyscraper was built above it.
Nowadays, the Kabuki-za Theatre in a beautiful, cultural and impressive building. If you don’t have enough time, even peaking and looking around the building is considered interesting.
TipsYou can purchase a ticket for only $ 15 for one of the several plays. Such a play lasts between half an hour and an hour and a half, which will suffice for an experience in an unfamiliar language.
You will need to go to the ticket office on the day of the show to purchase tickets for a play.
Bring binoculars because the first act tickets are at the
upper edge of the hall.
Arrive at the theatre about half an hour before the time of the play. You can spend your time waiting while strolling around the lobby and taking photos with the main characters of the show.
Buying tickets ahead of time is very expensive for all the acts.
Headphones with vocal English translation will cost 5 dollars extra.
It is prohibited to take photos during the play.