Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is temporary unavailable at the Kabuki-za theatre but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries. 

Accordingly, we have just started our new service: “Enjoy a Kabuki performance with your tour guide” service for people who attend our private tour.

 

Good news: English audio devices are available at the National Theatre in September and October.

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

 

TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE

TOKYO KABUKI GUIDE is a special concierge service. We have been providing you all the information you need to know about Kabuki in Tokyo since 2010.

We operate several types of Kabuki tours to enhance your Kabuki experience. We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries and a pre-performance presentation. Tours for people who buy one act tickets or visit the Kabuki-za Gallery are also available.

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

Where and when is Kabuki performed?

Kabuki is performed for about 25 days per month at two theatres in Tokyo as below:

Kabuki-za Theatre: every month.

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

There are some theatres for Kabuki in other cities but Kabuki is rarely performed outside of Tokyo.

Why did you start this service?

Founder Kazui Yabe, a Japanese female licensed tour guide and volunteer Japanese language teacher, has enjoyed introducing Kabuki to both Japanese and visiting friends for many years before establishing Kabuki tour guide in 2010.

A note from Kazui: "I believe that with the help of some essential information about the art itself and the plays in performance, Kabuki becomes even more understandable and enjoyable. As a Japanese person, I love to help guests find points of interest to them within each performance and am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience of Kabuki. I look forward to welcoming you to my tour!"

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.

Febuary 2024 - April 2024

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“Enjoy a Kabuki performance with your tour guide” service for people who attend our private tour. 

■ Feburuary 2024 ■

Kabuki is performed at 1 theatre in Tokyo as below.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date February 2nd-12th, 14th-19th, 21st-26th
Show Matinee Evening show
Start time 11:00pm 4:30pm

End time

3:45pm 8:27pm
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen, 3A: 6,000 yen, 3B: 4,000 yen

If you would like more information, we will be happy to email you programs and photographs from the shows.

We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries etc. in our pre-performance presentations. We offer tailor-made tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. also. Please feel free to contact us!    

Tour No. Tour No.1 Regular tour
Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Meeting time 9:30am 3:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 4:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 4:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets, handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place
Tour fee per person 6,000 yen plus ticket fee
Please note the total tour fee is tour fee plus show ticket fee.
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen. 3A : 6,000 yen, 3B grade: 4,000 yen.

  

Ticket presale January 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English subtitles

Available.

Rental fee: 1,000 yen

Tour No.3 One-act show tour
Venue Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Act First Second Third Second
Program "Nozakimura"(Drama) "Tsuri Onna" (Dance drama)

"Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" (Drama)

"Sushiya"(Drama)
Tour date 2-2, 14-19, 21-26

 Meeting

time

9:30am 11:20am 12:00pm 4:00pm

Tour end

time

10:40am 12:30pm 1:10pm 5:10pm

Performance

starts

11:00am 12:50pm 1:42pm 5:20pm
Lecture venue  

Performance

If you would like have more informationi, we will happy ti email you programs and photographs from the show 
Tour fee per person

5,500 yen

Tour contents: Ticket handling, Kabuki lecture, handouts, English summary, Japanese tea and sweets. Please note total fee is tour fee plus ticet fee.

One act show seats The seats are on the fourth floor, the top of the theatre.
Ticket fee including online ticket usage fee 1,300 yen 1,100 yen 1,900 yen 1,700 yen
English devices

English audio devices are available at the theatre. Rental fee: 800 yen 

 

    

 

■ March 2024 ■

Kabuki will be performed at the Kabuki-za theatre in Tokyo as below.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date March 3rd-10th, 12th-17th, 19th-26th
Show Matinee Evening show
Start time 11:00pm 4:15pm

End time (TBC)

3:40pm 9:10pm
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen, 3A: 6,000 yen, 3B: 4,000 yen

If you would like more information, we will be happy to email you programs and photographs from the shows.

We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries etc. in our pre-performance presentations. We offer tailor-made tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. also. Please feel free to contact us!    

Tour No. Tour No.1 Regular tour
Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Meeting time 9:30am 2:45pm
Tour ends 10:40am 3:55pm
Show starts 11:00am 4:15pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets, handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place
Tour fee per person 6,000 yen plus ticket fee
Please note the total tour fee is tour fee plus show ticket fee.
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen. 3A : 6,000 yen, 3B grade: 4,000 yen.

  

Ticket presale February 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English subtitles

Available.

Rental fee: 1,000 yen

Tour No.3 One-act show tour
Venue Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Act First Second Third Second
Program "Terakoya"(Drama) "Keisei Dojoji" (Dance drama)

"Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" (Drama)

"Sushiya"(Drama)
Tour date 2-2, 14-19, 21-26

 Meeting

time

9:30am 11:20am(TBC) 12:00pm (TBC) 4:00pm (TBC)

Tour end

time

10:40am 12:30pm (TBC) 1:10pm (TBC) 5:10pm (TBC)

Performance

starts

11:00am 12:50pm (TBC) 1:40pm (TBC) 5:20pm (TBC)
Lecture venue  

Performance

If you would like have more informationi, we will happy ti email you programs and photographs from the show 
Tour fee per person

5,500 yen

Tour contents: Ticket handling, Kabuki lecture, handouts, English summary, Japanese tea and sweets. Please note total fee is tour fee plus ticet fee.

One act show seats The seats are on the fourth floor, the top of the theatre.
Estimate ticket fee including online ticket usage fee 1,300 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
English devices

English audio devices are available at the theatre. Rental fee: 800 yen 

 

    

 

■ April 2024 ■

Kabuki will be performed at the Kabuki-za theatre in Tokyo as below.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date April 2nd-9th, 11th-17th, 19th-26th
Show Matinee Evening show
Start time 11:00pm 4:30pm

End time (TBC)

3:50pm 8:10pm
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen, 3A: 6,000 yen, 3B: 4,000 yen

English subtitles

Available

Rental fee: 1,000 yen

If you would like more information, we will be happy to email you programs and photographs from the shows.

We provide advanced tickets, handouts, English summaries etc. in our pre-performance presentations. We offer tailor-made tours, such as tours for a big group, students etc. also. Please feel free to contact us!    

Tour No. Tour No.1 Regular tour
Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Meeting time 9:30am 3:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 4:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 4:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets, handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture venue
Tour fee per person 6,000 yen
Please note the total tour fee is tour fee plus show ticket fee.
Ticket grade and price

Box: 20,000 yen, First: 18,000 yen, Second: 14,000 yen. 3A : 6,000 yen, 3B grade: 4,000 yen.

  

Ticket presale March 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English subtitles

Available.

Rental fee: 1,000 yen

Tour No.3 One-act show tour
Venue Kabuki-za theatre
Show Matinee Evening show
Act First Third First
Program "Hikimado"(Drama) "Natsumatsuri Naniwa Kagami" (Dance drama)

"Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yokogushi" (Drama)

Tour date 2-9, 11-17, 19-26

 Meeting

time

9:30am 12:00pm(TBC) 3:00pm

Tour end

time

10:40am 1:10pm (TBC) 4:10pm

Performance

starts

11:00am 1:25pm (TBC) 4:30pm
Lecture venue  

Performance

If you would like have more informationi, we will happy ti email you programs and photographs from the show 
Tour fee per person

5,500 yen

Tour contents: Ticket handling, Kabuki lecture, handouts, English summary, Japanese tea and sweets. Please note total fee is tour fee plus ticet fee.

One act show seats The seats are on the fourth floor, the top of the theatre.
Estimate ticket fee including online ticket usage fee 1,300 yen 2,000 yen 1,200 yen
English devices

English audio devices are available at the theatre. Rental fee: 800 yen