**COVID19 UPDATE**
Tokyo Kabuki Guide restarts our tours from January 2021!
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 and the National Theatre restarted performances in October 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.

 February 2021 - April 2021

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■ February 2021 ■

Kabuki isperformed at 1 theatre as below in Tokyo.

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

                   2nd-7th, 9th-17th, 19th-27th

(No performance on 8th & 18th)

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time 10:30am 2:15pm 5:30pm
End time 12:25pm 4:00pm 7:55pm
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 9:00am 12:45pm 4:00pm
Tour ends 10:10am 2:00pm 5:10pm
Show starts 10:30am 2:15pm 5:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation, handouts, English summaries, coffee or tea(The 1st show tour), Japanese tea and sweets(The 2nd and 3rd show tour) etc.
Lecture location Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 4,000 yen plus ticket fee  (Please see below) 5,000 yen plus ticket fee  (Please see below)
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 January 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.

 

■ March 2021 ■

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

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

4th-10th, 12th-21st, 23rd-29th

(No performance on 11th & 22nd)

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time 11:00am 2:00pm 6:30pm
End time(TBC) 12:30pm 5:00pm 8:00pm
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 1:15pm 5:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 12:30pm 6:10pm
Show starts 11:00am 1:40pm 6:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets (1st and 2nd show tours) or over coffee/tea (3rd show tour), handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place Japanese tea shop Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 5,000 yen plus ticket fee (Please see below) 4,000 yen plus ticket fee   (Please see below)
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 February 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 4th-9th, 12th-18th, 20th-27th 5th-7th, 9th, 12th-14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 23th, 24th, 26th
No performance on 10th, 11th and 19th 
Show 11:00am show 3:00pm show
Start time (TBC) 11:00pm 3:00pm
End time (TBC) 2:00pm 6:00pm
Ticket grade and price First: 10,000 yen (7,000 yen), Second: 6,400 yen (4,200 yen), Thrid: 3,400 yen (2,100 yen)           (    ): student ticket
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.

Kabuki tour for the performance at the National Theatre is not available temporarily, If you have any requst or question, please feel free to contact us!    

 

■ April 2021 ■

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

Venue The Kabuki-za Theatre
Performance date

25 days

Detals will be released soon

Show The 1st show The 2nd show The 3rd show
Start time(TBC) 11:00am 2:00pm 6:30pm
End time(TBC) 12:30pm 5:00pm 8:00pm
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 5:00pm
Tour ends 10:40am 1:40pm 6:10pm
Show starts(TBC) 11:00am 2:00pm 6:30pm
Package Contents Ticket handling, pre-performance presentation over Japanese tea and sweets (1st and 2nd show tours) or over coffee/tea (3rd show tour), handouts, English summaries etc.
Lecture place Japanese tea shop Coffee shop
Tour fee per person 5,000 yen plus ticket fee (Please see below) 4,000 yen plus ticket fee   (Please see below)
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 March 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.