Kabuki performances tend to be between 4-5 hours long and often involve long queues for one-act tickets, so before you go to all that effort, join this tour of the Kabuki-za Gallery and learn everything you need to know about Kabuki! With this essential information, Kabuki experience will be more understandable and enjoyable. The tour begins with a "What is Kabuki?" talk over Japanese tea and sweets at a Japanese tea shop in a rooftop Japanese garden before exploring the Kabuki-za Gallery. Your guide, Kazui, will show you her precious 150 year old “Ukiyo-e”, woodblock prints and other Kabuki-related collections! At the gallery, you will be shown props and costumes used for the shows, and enjoy short films of Kabuki performances. There are even hands-on activities such as a chance to play the classical instruments which give Kabuki its distinct sound. Kazui will explain about each exhibit and how to enjoy the Kabuki short films. This will give you a wonderful experience of Kabuki even if you are unable to attend a live performance. Taking photos and video is allowed and Kazui will take pictures of you riding on a Kabuki horse! Finally Kazui will take you special souvenir Kabuki and Japanese traditional craft shops, creating a wonderful shopping experience! If you are interested in the shops of English books or woodblock prints of Kabuki, please send your request in advance.
Hi, my name is Kazui. I love all stage arts and particularly enjoyed Kabuki since the age of 5. I have been providing Kabuki tours since 2010. Kabuki is registered as intangible cultural heritage and is rarely performed outside Tokyo. Staring only male actors, it has over 400 years of history. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience of Kabuki. My “About Kabuki” talk and visual presentation will povide you a great overview of Kabuki a fun experience at the Kabuki-za Gallery. As part of my talk, I would like to show you my Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) collection. Before the invention of modern photography, actors’ autographs and profiles in programmes were in the form of Ukiyo-e. I also recommend some guided souvenir shopping time! Please allow me to help you get the very best out of Kabuki!
Japanese sweets or western sweets
Guests may choose one drink from the menu. There are several kinds of Japanese tea (Matcha, sencha, hojicha etc.), coffee,…
Kabuki-za Gallery ticket
The lecture venue is a Japanese tea shop located in the rooftop Japanese garden designed by famous architect, Kengo Kuma, who also designer of the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. You can choose from various kinds of tea to enjoy a cup during the presentation. The Kabuki-za Gallery is a small museum and gift shop selling many Kabuki and Japanese crafts next to the tea shop and the guided tour will be helpful to your Kabuki experience.
Kabuki-za Gallery & shopping tour