Kahogekijo is located in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, and has been designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property. Kahogekijo is a Shibaigoya, which means a traditional Japanese theatre. It can accommodate 1200 people and there are no pillars in the seating area. The warmth of the wooden building that spreads around this spacious area is very unique.
History of Kahogekijo
Coal used to be one of the motivational powers of Japan for modernization. Half of the domestic output was from Chikuhou, where Kahogekijo is located. Because of this historical background, in 1931 Kahogekijo was built for workers as an entertainment facility.
At that time, there were more than 50 theatres along the Ongagawa River in the Chikuhou area, and it used to be a popular entertainment place for workers. However, since movies and television became common throughout that time, most of the theatres closed. In the 1970s Kahogekijo was the only one that still existed, and up until now there are still lots of events that are being held there.
Tour of the theatre
A tour is available except on the day of a performance or the day before and after a performance. The tour fee is 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for children. Except the stage and seating, tools which have been used during performances are being exhibited. Tourists can also try on Japanese traditional clothing and take photos.
Advanced booking for a free English speaking tour guide is also available. Also, for visitors using smartphones, an audio guide in English, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Korean, Thai and Japanese can be accessed inside the building. Applications are available anytime except on performance days, but plans might change, so please call or visit the website to confirm.
15 minute walk from JR “Iizuka” Station, or 5 minutes by taxi. A 7 minute walk from “Nishi Tetsu Iizuka Bus Terminal” Station.
Image Gallery: Kahogekijo
Room of tools which are used during performances.
Naraku, somewhere off stage.
Exhibition room of precious performance information.
Free commemorative photo booth.
Taking commemorative photo.
5-23 Iizuka, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0948-22-0266|
|Closed dates||Wednesday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 300yen|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|