Kabuki-za is a theater in which you can enjoy the traditional art of kabuki right in the middle of Tokyo. The building, originally built in 1889, was recently renovated and it is now complete with wider seats and a fully equipped environment for an even better kabuki viewing experience.
There is also an English captioning service that is available for a fee, so there is no need to worry even if you can’t understand Japanese.
You do not need the tickets for the kabuki performances in order to enter the building; essentially anyone can enter the building and enjoy the shopping and restaurant and facilities inside.
First off, you would want to take a look at the souvenirs. On the second basement floor is the Kobikicho Square (木挽町広場), which is directly connected to the Higashi-ginza station of Tokyo Metro. You can find a wide selection of goods here.
We recommend the “Kabuki face pack”, which has become quite popular here in Japan. It is a face pack with a design of a kabuki makeup and you will definitely not be disappointed with how this will look on your face.
“Agemaki ice cream” is a must!
On top of the ice cream using fresh cream from Hokkaido is Kabukiage, or rice crackers, creating the heavenly harmony of the “sweet” and the “salty”.
You can only try out this ice cream here, so don’t miss it!
On the 1st floor of the Kabuki-za, there is a souvenir shop, Kobikicho (木挽町), which you can enter without a ticket for the performance as long as you have a pass that you can have issued in the designated time slot. This time slot changes according to each performance; so make sure you check in advance.
You can find a selection of kabuki-related items that you can only buy here in Kabuki-za.
Within the facility, there is the Kabuki-za Gallery, which is said to have great content for an admission fee of only 500 yen.
There is an exhibit of costumes and stage props that were actually used in the kabuki performances and you will be able to learn about its history. For a deeper look into the world of kabuki, this is definitely the gallery to go to.
|4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo|
|1 minutes walk from “Higashi-ginza” station
5 minute walk from ““Ginza” station
For the kabuki performance, tickets need to be bought in advance(4,000~20,000yen)
500 yen for admission to the Kabuki Gallery