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Well worth a visit

This impressive piece of Japanese history comes alive with the lively and fascinating tour by... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2018
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Lovely, historic theatre

Do visit this lovely piece of Kabuki history. See the theatre and its backstage areas and you feel... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2018
Robert D
Brooklyn, New York
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1241 Otsu, Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

This impressive piece of Japanese history comes alive with the lively and fascinating tour by Nitou-san. Highly recommended for anyone looking to experience traditional, Japanese culture.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Do visit this lovely piece of Kabuki history. See the theatre and its backstage areas and you feel as if you are stepping back into time to 1835, when it was built.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

This old theatre is a little off the beaten track but well worth looking for. It only stages a few performances a year these days but offers free guided tours that explain the history of the building and the way kabuki performances are produced. The...More

1  Thank 26waynew
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We had like a private tour since I do not think too many tourists stop there. Originally built in 1835 and is Japan's oldest Kabuki theatre. When there was a show, it could contain more than 700 people. and places to sit were very selective....More

Thank Maitheng
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
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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.