Kabuki-za Theater

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Japanese script: 歌舞伎座
Area: Ginza
Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo, 104-0061 [map]
Phone: 03-3545-6800 03-3545-6800
Access: 69 m from Higashiginza Station Hibiya Line (H9)Asakusa Line (A11)
308 m from Ginza Station Ginza Line (G9)Hibiya Line (H8)Marunouchi Line (M16)
464 m from Tsukiji Station Hibiya Line (H10)
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Website: http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/top.html

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 to the theater’s wooden structure (and Tokyo’s susceptibility to catching on fire), it has burned down and been rebuilt several times since it was first constructed in 1889. The most recent iteration of the building was completed in 2013.