The Best Performing Arts Theaters in Tokyo

Noh performance | © Aleksandar Bondikov/Flickr
Noh performance | © Aleksandar Bondikov/Flickr
Whether you prefer classical Japanese dramas or contemporary plays, you’ll want to be front and center at these performing arts theaters in Tokyo.

Kabuki-za

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Kabuki-za in Ginza is the primary kabuki theater in Tokyo. Kabuki is highly stylized, dramatic theater involving elaborate sets, costumes, and makeup along with over-the-top stage antics. While not nearly as popular as it was during the Edo Period, kabuki dance-drama is still an important part of Japanese culture, and many kabuki actors become quite famous. Tickets can be purchased online.
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National Noh Theatre

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The National Noh Theatre is devoted to Noh, a musical dance-drama and the oldest Japanese performance art still being practiced today. The bare stage and distinctive masks used in Noh theater are a defining feature of the genre. Noh and kyogen (a comedic Noh-style play) are usually performed together.
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