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National Theatre

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Address: 4-1 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda 102-8656, Tokyo Prefecture
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Tops for traditional arts in Tokyo

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 from Europe. Kabuki theater is something that rarely someone can see outside Japan.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 some of the characters during the performance. Enjoyable for its difference

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 unforgettable experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 guys; some locals swear they have never seen it. I am glad I was not... More 

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Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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