Where is Kabuki performed?

Kabuki is performed about for 25 days at two theatres in Tokyo as below.

Kabuki-za Theatre: Every month.

The National Theatre: January, March, June, July, October, November & December.

There are some theatres for Kabuki in other cities, but Kabuki is not performed very often outside Tokyo.

TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE

TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE is a special concierge service. We have provided you all information you will need about Kabuki in Tokyo since 2010.

We operate several types of Kabuki tours in order to enhance your Kabuki expeience. We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries etc. in our pre-performance presentations. Tours for people who buy one act tickets and Kabuki-za Gallery tour are also available.

Tailored tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. are also available. Please feel free to contact us!

Why did you start this service?

I, Kazui Yabe, a Japanese female licenced tour guide and a volunteer Japanese language teacher, have enjoyed Kabuki for many years and have already had many chances to take both Japanese and foreign friends to the Kabuki-za Theatre before I started my service in 2010.

I believe that with some essential information about the art itself and the plays on performance, Kabuki becomes understandable and enjoyable. I am happy to help with that, in finding and conveying the intresting points of Kabuki theatre and its programs. And I wish to share my many experiences and knowledge; to show guests a part of the Japan I love as a Japanese person.

Seeing Kabuki is to see Japan’s traditional stage arts which have been established for over 400 years.

The Japanese government had a seclusion policy in place for more than two hundred years, from 1639 to 1853.

In this period, the administration was stabilized and a period of peace ensued bringing with the unique cultural development.

Kabuki is one of the best examples of this.

 

Kabuki, which is the most popular of the traditional Japanese stage arts, is still hugely popular in Japan.

It is said that there are so many Kabuki plays in existence.

However, only about 400 of these have retained their popularity over time.

 

Kabuki has developed by taking many elements of the traditional stage arts,

such as Noh theatre and Bunraku Puppet theatre and combined them with the Japanese sense of beauty.

There are many unique features of Kabuki performance including acting techniques,

costumes, wigs, stage setting mechanisms etc. that can only be seen in Kabuki.

 

It has been said that Kabuki is the closest you can get to a true sense of Japanese aesthetic beauty.

 

Kabuki is unpretentious, easy to enjoy and much more accessible than other traditional performance such as Noh theatres.

However, knowing a little background information will enhance your Kabuki experience.

Which is why we would like to provide our guests with a pre-performance presentation.

 

Please join us!

We are looking forward to ensuring every moment at the theatre will be unforgettable for all our guests,

beyond couples, family, student on a group tour or anything in between.

December, January & February 2017 shows

Month December
Venue The National Theatre Kabuki-za Theatre
Show Matinee Matinee Afternoon evening
Show starts 11:00am 11:00am 3:00pm 6:30pm
Show ends 4:20pm 2:10pm 5:45pm 8:45pm

[Our tours] For more tours,      

We also provide tours who attend one act show:  

Kabuki-za Gallery tour is available everyday:

Meeting time 9:00am 9:30am 1:30pm 5:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 10:40am 2:40pm 6:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 11:00am 3:00pm 6:30om
Tour fee

The National Theatre: Ticket price at cost + 4,000 yen per person                                                    <Includes>  Ticket, Pre-performance visual presentation in English (40 minutes) with coffee or tea, Schedule and highlights of the show, English summaries, Useful map of the theatre and its attractions, Suggestions for the Intermission,  Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre guided tour etc.

Kabuki-za Theatre: Ticket price at cost + 3,500 yen per person (Regular tour)                                <Includes>  Ticket, Pre-performance visual presentation in English (40 minutes) with Japanese tea and seets, Schedule and highlights of the show, English summaries, Useful map of the theatre and its attractions, Suggestions for the Intermission etc.

Ticket grade and price

(Unit: Japanese yen) 

Superior: 13,000    1A: 10,000             1B: 6,500               2A: 5,000               2B: 2,800              3rd: 1,800          Student tickets are available. Please contact us.

Box: 17,000

1st: 15,000

2nd: 11,000

3A: 5,000

3B: 3,000

Ticket pre-sale starts                     We buy guests' tickets before the regular sale. November 4 November 8
English device rental fee

National Theatre: English audio guide, rental fee is 700 yen (deposit: 1,000 yen)

Kabuki-za Theatre: English subtitle device, rental fee is 1,000 yen (ID card is required)

 

onth January
Venue The National Theatre Kabuki-za tehatre
Show Matinee Evening Matinee Evening
Performance dates

3-7,except 13 &20

13 &20 2-26 2-26
Show starts 12 noon 4:00pm 11:00am 4:30pm
Show ends 4:30pm 8:30pm 4:00pm 9:00pm
Our tours

For more tours,   

Meeting time 10:00pm 2:00pm 9:30am 3:00pm
Tour ends 11:40pm 3:40pm 10:40pm 4:10pm
Show starts 12 nooon 4:00pm 11:00am 4:30pm
Tour fee

The National Theatre: Ticket price + 4,500 yen per person <Includes> Ticket, Pre-performance visual presentation in English (40 mins.) with Japanaese tea and sweets, Schedule and highlights of the show, English summaries, Useful map of the theatre and its attractions, Suggestion for the interimssion, Traditional Performing Arts Information Center guided tour, etc.

The Kabuki-za Theatre: Ticket price + 3,500 yen per person <Includes> Ticket, Pre-performance visual presentation in English (40 mins.) with Japanaese tea and sweets, Schedule and highlights of the show, English summaries, Useful map of the theatre and its attractions, Suggestion for the interimssion, etc.

Ticket grade and price

(Unit: Japanese yen)

Superior: 13,000           1A: 10,000     1B:6,500                       2A: 5,000                      2B: 2,800                      3rd: 1,800                 Student ticket is available.   Please contact us. Box: 21,000                  1st: 19,000                  2nd: 15,000                  3A: 6,000                      3B: 4,000   

Ticket pre-sale starts

We buy guests' tickets before the regular sale

December 4 December 8
English device

The National Theatre: English audio guide, rental fee is 700 yen (Deposit is 1,000 yen)

Kabuki-za Theatre: English subtitle device, rental fee is 1,000 yen (ID is required)

 

Month February
Venue Kabuki-za tehatre
Show Matinee Evening
Performance dates 2-26
Show starts 11:00am 4:30pm
Show ends 4:00pm 9:00pm
Our tours

For more tours,   

Meeting time 9:30am 3:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 4:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 4:30pm
Tour fee

The Kabuki-za Theatre: Ticket price + 3,500 yen per person <Includes> Ticket, Pre-performance visual presentation in English (40 mins.) with Japanaese tea and sweets, Schedule and highlights of the show, English summaries, Useful map of the theatre and its attractions, Suggestion for the interimssion, etc.

Ticket grade and price

(Unit: Japanese yen)

Box: 20,000, 1st: 18,000, 2nd: 14,000,

3A: 6,000, 3B: 4,000   

Ticket pre-sale starts

We buy guests' tickets before the regular sale

January 8
English device

Kabuki-za Theatre: English subtitle device, rental fee is 1,000 yen (ID is required)