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National Theatre

4-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda 102-8656, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3265-7411
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I saw Bunraku play for the first time

I was not so interested in seeing Bunraku play but as a Japanese, I thought it would be necessaty... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Kawasaki, Japan
An Unforgetable Kabuki Performance

Very high quality performance, excellent English explanations on head-set. An experience, not just... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
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“kabuki” (7 reviews)
“performance” (4 reviews)
“puppets” (2 reviews)
4-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda 102-8656, Tokyo Prefecture
Akasaka / Roppongi
+81 3-3265-7411
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

I was not so interested in seeing Bunraku play but as a Japanese, I thought it would be necessaty to know one of traditional arts. So I booked in advance through internet and went to Hanzomon subway station. Fromthere It takes only 5 minutes to...More

Thank Keizo
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Very high quality performance, excellent English explanations on head-set. An experience, not just a performance. You need to book, I booked on the morning when the ticket office opened, there were very few available seats at the higher price remaining. Online booking is possible. The...More

Thank david e
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a great venue for performances of traditional Japanese theatre like Kabuki and Bunraku which are performed in different theatres at the same venue. This is a very large and dedicated venue and the staff are very helpful and a fair few speak English....More

1  Thank brixtontrev
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I watch Kabuki and Bunraku (puppet theater). Tickets are reasonably priced and the performers are top-notched. You will find the theater right along one side of the Imperial Palace and near the National Diet (legislative) building.

Thank warren D
Reviewed 5 February 2015

Your trip to Japan is not complete without this - just being part of the audience, many dressed in period garb and lovingly adoring the actors - it is just a fantastic experience - go, please go!

3  Thank jwells45
Reviewed 20 March 2014

The visit here is must!!! It is worth to see a kabuki theater show and you can find tickets not so expensive. Also there is an english guide in order to understand what you see during the show. A different experience especially if you are...More

7  Thank Katerina-An
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Japanese opera is all day in 1 hour acts. We purchased just 1 hour. The many of the people get dressed up in traditional garb to see the play. There were English subtitles. The acting is very over the top. The audience calls out to...More

3  Thank edward02494
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Whether you like Western theatre or not, Kabuki is quite different and it's an experience in and of itself. It's a long show (4 hours) but an interesting one and not boring at all. It's another chance to immerse into traditional Japanese culture and an...More

1  Thank N K
Reviewed 22 April 2012

This is the theater you can experience traditional Japanese performance arts such as Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku.

Thank Tangarini
Reviewed 13 January 2011

When you ask people what they think about watching kabuki in Japan, you will get mixed reviews. One friend raved about it and said it is a must to see kabuki; others says it is unbearably long and is just full on heavily made up...More

10  Thank Jen L
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