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Former Konpira Old Theater Kanamaruza

1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
+81 877-73-3846
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Wonderful Introduction to Kabuki!

We were able to walk to Kanamaruza from our ryokan, and were treated to a wonderful 30-45 minute... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
The oldest Kabuki theater in Japan

April is the timing of Kabuki performance. Enjoying Kabuki surrounded with atmosphere almost 200... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Yokosuka, Japan
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1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
+81 877-73-3846
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We were able to walk to Kanamaruza from our ryokan, and were treated to a wonderful 30-45 minute tour in English by one of the local volunteers (his love for kabuki was quite infectious!) . The building is extremely impressive, and we left wishing we...More

1  Thank VirginiaMitch
Reviewed 2 May 2017

April is the timing of Kabuki performance. Enjoying Kabuki surrounded with atmosphere almost 200 years ago is very exciting and impressive experience. 4月はこんぴら歌舞伎の時期で、200年前の雰囲気残るこの小屋で歌舞伎を見るのは至上の喜びです。

Thank yaharake
Reviewed 2 November 2016

What visitors actually pay for is access to the building and its scenary, but they are not given any opportunity to view how they are used in kabuki plays. Too bad no video actually showed a kabuki play in this theater ! The Kabukiza theater...More

Thank stism
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is the oldest performing theatre in Japan. It still holds shows in April, for kabuki performances. The information provided was in English and thus it was a very interesting and informative visit. The theatre is fascinating and has been constructed remarkably, with a lattice...More

1  Thank suem030
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Well we visited this and found it really a perfect experience. Our guide tried and did good enough to speak our foreign language and was quite nice. This building was so old and quite nicely preserved. It is reportedly the oldest surviving Kabuki in all...More

1  Thank Bradbailey
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Many people including Japanese know the Kabuki plays are staged in big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto almost all year around. But the Kabuki is also performed here in Kompira Oshibai (Kompira Grand Theatre), the oldest but active kabuki theater, built in 1835...More

1  Thank MasakoN
Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a restored original (1835) kabuki theater, we were given a guided tour, a little but not much English is available. Then we had the run of the building, audience areas, back stage, under the stage, everything. This is the real thing still in...More

2  Thank Ted C
Reviewed 19 April 2013

If you visit the Kotohiragu Shrine, this is a must to learn Japan's traditional theatre setting. In a sense, it's a Japanese equivalent of Globe Theatre in London. The grand Kabuki theatres in Tokyo (The Kabuki-za Theatre and the National Theatre), Kyoto (The Minami-za Theatre)...More

3  Thank Chuzaa
Reviewed 7 February 2013

Worth a visit : interesting XIX° century theater, full of memories. The guide does not speak English but is able to show the stage and some tricks.

Thank louisairelle
Reviewed 17 April 2012

A great place to watch a traditional Kabuki performance. Foreign visitors may not care for the cramped seating on tatami mats...

Thank Maneki-neko
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25 January 2016|
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Response from MasakoN | Reviewed this property |
Hi, according to the Shochiku Company website, it starts from April 9th and ends on 24th. There are two shows (different titles) each day. Tickets are sold via online and via travel agency like JTB. Hope this info. helps.