Kabuki Theater is a theater exclusive for Kabuki performances, located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. It is known as a leading Kabuki theater in Japan, enjoying great popularity. The current theater is the fifth generation, which was rebuilt every time it was destroyed by fire since its grand opening in 1889. The theater is four-storied, with a total of 1964 seats, with a high rise office complex "Kabukiza Tower" as an annex, and "Kobikicho Hiroba" with souvenir shops and tea houses unique to Kabukiza in the basement level. Only the fifth floor of the tower is open to the public, where Kabukiza Gallery is located, exhibiting kabuki costumes and props for public viewing.
Kabukiza Theater is the only one kabuki-dedicated theater in the world. For this reason, there are a variety of services available to help enjoy kabuki performances. For example, an audio guide (earphone) provides explanation about the story, role, costume, prop and so on during the performance. For using a subtitle guide, you can rent a terminal which displays written explanation on kabuki. During intermission, you can enjoy traditional Japanese meals such as makuno-uchi bento lunchbox, sushi in restaurants inside the theater.
HITOMAKU-MI: A ticket to view just one act
A daily program is made from 2-3 performances, each of which consists of several acts. There is a special ticket available so that you pick up a favorite part of a performance which otherwise would take a half to full day to watch all. This type of ticket for single act ‘HITOMAKU-MI (Single Act) Ticket" is popular among beginners and foreign tourists. The ticket price is reasonable, so just try it if you are interested in kabuki but not sure you can enjoy a full program. It is important to note that you need to purchase a Single Act Ticket on the day of the performance at a Single Act Box Office located on the left side of the main entrance to Kabukiza Theater. Single Act Tickets cannot be reserved or purchased in advance. There ae 90 seats and 60 standing places (a total capacity of 150) for the Single Act viewing. Beware to allow for sufficient time to line up for this ticket, lest Single Act tickets for a popular program be sold out immediately. One person can purchase only 1 ticket for each act. In order to buy tickets for a group, all group members are required to appear together to purchase at the Box Office. For viewing a single act, don’t use the main entrance but take a "Single Act Tickets Only" elevator straight up to the fourth floor where seats and places are located exclusively for the Single Act. Tickets will be individually numbered. Enter the 4th floor auditorium in numerical order. Please note that a larger number means a more chance of getting a standing place. In the 4th floor elevator hall, you may rent an audio guide.
By public transportation, the theater is directly accessible from Higashi-Ginza station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or the Toei Subway Asakusa Line. Or it is a five minute walk from Ginza station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Marunouchi Line/Hibiya Line. By car, exit at Ginza Interchange on the Metropolitan Expressway Route 1. There are pay parking lots in the neighborhood. You can park your car in GINZA KABUKIZA Parking, Shochiku Square Parking, and Times Togeki Building Parking free of charge for the first one hour if you come to see a Kabuki performance.
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Description: Kabukiza Theatre
|Sights||Kabukiza Theatre (歌舞伎座)|
4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3545-6800|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|