The famous Kabuki-za Theater can be found in Tokyo’s lavish Ginza neighborhood. The art of Kabuki is a 400-year-old Japanese dance-drama, and serves as one of the classic Japanese experiences—a must-see for any visitor to Japan.

Kabuki only recently came to be considered a “high art”—though it wasn’t always this way. The themes come from popular stories, and the plots can be as soppy as any soap opera. The art’s new fancy-schmancy status, though, means a hefty price tag for tickets (as high as ¥20,000). Cheapos that we are, we’ve outlined how to score single-act tickets for as low as ¥1,000.

In part due to the theater’s wooden structure (and Tokyo’s susceptibility to catching fire), it has burned down and been rebuilt several times since it was first constructed in 1889. The most recent 5th iteration of the building was completed in 2013 with architecture by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – although the exterior remains more or less unchanged from previous versions.

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