5 places for Japanese Traditional Culture

1) National Theatre

Here you can see Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku performances. The National Engei Hall, where you can enjoy storytelling performances, such as rakugo, kodan, and rokyoku, is located next to the National Theatre. There is also an exhibition space which showcases objects used in these traditional performing arts.

exterior of National Theatre

4-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda-ku

+81 (0)3-3265-7411

http://ntj.jac.go.jp

2) Kanze Noh Theatre

One of the Noh theatres in Tokyo, which opened in 2017 in the basement of the Ginza Six commercial complex. Though it does not have any eating facilities, there are plenty of restaurants in the building and nearby. Check out their range of merchandise, which you can only buy here.

Kanze Noh Theatre

at: Ginza Six, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku

+81 (0)3-6274-6579

http://kanze.net

3) Kabuki-Za Theatre

This is one of the theatres where you can still attend traditional Kabuki performances. This unique Japanese theatre is over 400 years old. You can also enjoy a bento during the intermission. If you have a balcony seat, you can order a special bento, which will be delivered to your seat.

Kabuki-Za Theatre

4) Kioi Small Hall

A concert hall for Japanese traditional music. The musicians play the koto, shamisen, and other traditional instruments and are sometimes accompanied by dancers. The hall, which can accommodate up to 250 people, is so small you can hear and almost feel the musicians breathing.

interior of Kioi Small Hall

5) Shinjuku Suehirotei

A venerable entertainment hall where traditional rakugo storytelling performances are given. Nowadays you can take in a rakugo performance almost anywhere, but this long-established theatre has been open since 1897 and is a great place to learn more about the world of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, a serialised anime. You can bring food and drinks (but no alcohol).

 Shinyuku Suehirotei

3-6-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

+81 (0)3-3351-2974

http://suehirotei.com

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