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 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.
4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
National Noh Theatre
Setagaya Public Theatre
Setagaya Public Theatre is where you’ll find contemporary plays, dance performances and musical concerts. The theater was designed to adapt to the needs of different performing arts. It’s located in Carrot Tower in Setagaya. Tickets can be purchased online through their website.
4-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
The Honda Theatre is a independent theater devoted to contemporary drama and acting, located in Tokyo’s hip Shimokitazawa neighborhood. With all performances in Japanese and less music, dramatics, and other visual cues, it’s best to have some grasp of the language in order to enjoy these performances more fully.
2-10-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Asakusa Engei Hall
The Asakusa Engei Hall is dedicated to rakugo, a comedic storytelling genre that flourished during the Edo Period. These days, the hall also stages similar small stage performance arts like stand-up comedy, paper-cutting (kamikiri), and magic shows.
1-43-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan