**COVID19 UPDATE**
Tokyo Kabuki Guide restarted our tours !
We will guide you under new safety measures we are taking to keep you safe at this difficult time and in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Kabuki-za theatre was reopened in August 2020 and the National Theatre restarted performances in October 2020 with new precautions in place to help protect against the spread of coronavirus. This includes reducing performance times: from January 2021, performances at the Kabuki-za theatre are around 2 hours long, while performances at the National Theatres are about 3 hours long, including intermission. For more information, please visit

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is temporary unavailable but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

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.

October 2021 - December 2021

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■ October 2021 ■

Kabuki will be performed at 2 theatres as below in Tokyo.

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

October 2nd-6th, 8th-18th, 20th-26th

(No shows on the 7th and 19th)

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time 11:00am 2:15pm 5:30pm
End time 12:48pm 4:02pm 7:58pm
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen
English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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 The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Meeting time 9:30am 12:30pm 4:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 1:40pm 5:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 2:15pm 5:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets (2nd and 3rd show tours) or over coffee/tea (1st show tour), handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 4,500 yen plus ticket fee 5,000 yen plus ticke fee
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen   
Ticket presale September 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

 

Venue The National Theatre
Performance date October 2nd-7th, 9th-17th, 19th-26th
Show 12:00pm show
Start time 12:00pm
End time(TBC) 3:00pm
Ticket grade and price

First: 12,000 yen, Second: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen

Student discount tickets are available.

English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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.5 The National Theatre Premium Tour
Venue The National Theatre
Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Tour date October 2nd-7th, 9th-17th, 19th-26th
Meeting time 10:00am
Tour ends 11:40am
Show starts 12:00pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over coffee/tea,  handouts, English summaries, guided tour of Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre (TPAIC) etc. 
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 5,500 yen plus ticket fee
Ticket grade and price First grade: 12,000 yen, Second grade: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen  
Ticket presale September 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

 

■ November 2021 ■

Kabuki will be performed at 2 theatres as below in Tokyo.

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

November 1st-7th, 9th-17th, 19th-26th

(No shows on the 8th and 18th)

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time 11:00am 2:30pm 6:00pm

End time

(TBC)

1:30pm 4:40pm 8:30pm
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen
English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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 The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Meeting time 9:30am 1:00pm 4:30pm
Tour ends 10:40am 2:10pm 5:40pm
Show starts 11:00am 2:30pm 6:00pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets (2nd and 3rd show tours) or over coffee/tea (1st show tour), handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 4,500 yen plus ticket fee 5,000 yen plus ticke fee
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen   
Ticket presale October 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

 

Venue The National Theatre
Performance date

2nd-9th, 11th-17th, 19th-25th

5th, 12th and 19th
Show 12:00pm show 5:00pm show
Start time 12:00pm 5:00pm
End time(TBC) 2:45pm 7:45pm
Ticket grade and price

First: 12,000 yen, Second: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen

Student discount tickets are available.

English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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.5 The National Theatre Premium Tour
Venue The National Theatre
Show The 1st show The 2nd showThe 3rd show
Tour date 2nd-7th, 9th-17th, 19th-25th 5th, 12th and 19th
Meeting time 10:00am 3:00pm
Tour ends 11:40am 4:40pm
Show starts 12:00pm 5:00pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over coffee/tea,  handouts, English summaries, guided tour of Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre (TPAIC) etc. 
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 5,500 yen plus ticket fee
Ticket grade and price First grade: 12,000 yen, Second grade: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen  
Ticket presale October 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

 

■ December 2021 ■

Kabuki will be performed at 2 theatres as below in Tokyo.

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

December 1st-7th, 9th-19th, 21st-26th

(No shows on the 8th and 20st)

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time 11:00am 2:30pm 6:00pm
End time(TBC) 1:00pm 5:00pm 8:20pm
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen
English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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 The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Meeting time 9:30am 1:00pm 4:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 2:10pm 5:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 2:30pm 6:00pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets (2nd and 3rd show tours) or over coffee/tea (1st show tour), handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 4,500 yen plus ticket fee 5,000 yen plus ticke fee
Ticket grade and price Box: 16,000 yen, First: 15,000 yen, Second: 11,000 yen, 3A grade: 5,000 yen, 3B grade: 3,000 yen   
Ticket presale November 11th
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.

 

Venue The National Theatre
Performance date Details will be released soon.
Show  
Start time  
End time(TBC)  
Ticket grade and price

First: 12,000 yen, Second: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen

Student discount tickets are available.

English device English subtitle device rental is not available
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.5 The National Theatre Premium Tour
Venue The National Theatre
Show      
Tour date  
Meeting time  
Tour ends  
Show starts  
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over coffee/tea,  handouts, English summaries, guided tour of Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre (TPAIC) etc. 
Lecture place Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 5,500 yen plus ticket fee
Ticket grade and price First grade: 12,000 yen, Second grade: 8,000 yen, Third: 3,500 yen  
Ticket presale  
We like to buy our guests' tickets during presale to provide them with better seats.
English device

Unfortunately, English subtitle device rental is not available but instead we will provide you with detailed English summaries.