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

 

 

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.

June 2024 - February 2025

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

■ June 2024 ■

Kabuki will be performed at 2 theatres, Kabuki-za theatre and Sun-pearl Arakawa Hall in Tokyo. We will provide our tours at Kabuki-za theatre only but if you are interested in the Kabuki performance and tours at Sun-pearl Arakawa Hall, please feel free to contact us.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date June 1st-9th, 11th-16th, 18th-24th
Show Matinee Evening show
Start time 11:00pm 4:30pm

End time

3:16pm 8:06pm
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 May 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale or on the first ticket sale day 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 Third First Second
Program "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"(Drama)

"Maruzukayama" scene from "Nanso Satomi Hakkennden" (Drama)

"Yamanba"  (Dance drama)
Tour date 1-10, 12-16, 18-24

 Meeting

time

12:30pm 3:00pm 4:15pm

Tour end

time

1:40pm 4:10pm 5:25pm

Performance

starts

1:56pm

4:30pm 5:20pm
Performance ends 3:16pm 5:00pm

6:11pm

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 1,710 yen 910 yen 1,710 yen
English devices

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

 

    

 

■ July 2024 ■

Kabuki will be performed at 3 theatres, Kabuki-za theatre, Tiara Koto (Large Hall) and  Chofu Cuty Green Hall (Large Hall) in Tokyo. We will provide our tours at Kabuki-za theatre only but if you are interested in the Kabuki performance and tours at Tiara Koto and Chofu City Green Hall, please feel free to contact us.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date July 1st-9th, 11th-15th, 17th-24th
Show Matinee Evening show
Start time 11:00pm 4:30pm

End time   (TBC)

4:00pm 9:00pm
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 June 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 First
Program      
Tour date 1-7, 17-24

 Meeting

time

9:30am   3:00pm

Tour end

time

10:40am   4:10pm

Performance

starts

11:00am   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      
English devices

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

 

    

 

■ August 2024 ■

Kabuki is performed at 1 theatre in Tokyo as below.

Venue The Kabuki-za theatre
Performance date August  4th-12th, 14th-18th, 20th-25th
Show Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Start time 11:00pm 2:30pm 6:15pm

End time (TBC)

1:35pm 5:40pm 9:00pm
Ticket grade and price

Box: 17,000 yen, First: 16,000 yen, Second: 12,000 yen, 3A: 5,500 yen, 3B: 3,500 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 Part 1 Part 2
Meeting time 9:30am 1:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 2:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 2:30pm
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: 17,000 yen, First: 16,000 yen, Second: 12,000 yen. 3A : 5,500 yen, 3B grade: 3,500 yen.

  

Ticket presale July 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 Part 1 Part 2
Act First Second First Second
Program "Yurei Kashiya"(Drama) "U no Tonosama" (Dance)

"Kamiyui Shinza" (Drama)

"Beni Kan"(Dance)
Tour date 4-12, 14-18, 20-25

 Meeting

time

9:30am 11:30am 1:00pm 3:30pm

Tour end

time

10:40am 12:40pm 2:10pm 4:40pm

Performance

starts

11:00am

1:05pm (TBC) 2:30pm 5:10pm (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 2,810 yen 910 yen 2,810 yen 910 yen
English devices

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

 

    

 

■September 2024 to February 2025■

The information on Kabuki-za theatre below might be changed, according to the theatre website.

【September】

Kabuki-za theatre: 1st to 25th (No perofrmances on 9th and 17th), 11am show and 4pm show.

New National Theatre: N/A

 

【October】

Kabuki-za theatre: 2nd to 26th (No performances on 9th and 17th) 11am show and 4pm show

 

【November 】

Kabuki-za theatre: 1st to 24th (No performances on 11th and 18th)

Meiji-za theatre: 2nd to 26th, 11am show and 4pm show

 

【December】

Kabuki-za theatre: 3rd to 26th (No performances on 11th and 19th), 11am show and 4pm show

 

【January 2025】

Kabuki-za theatre: 2nd to 26th

New National Theatre

 

【February 2025】

Kabuki-za theatre

Brillia Hall