Kyoto Performing Arts

Kyoto is known for its traditional performances—particularly dance and Noh theater. All dialogue is in Japanese, but sometimes there are synopses available. From time to time international musicians play the intimate venues. The most convenient source for information is your hotel concierge or guest-relations manager, who may even have a few tickets on hand. For further information on Kyoto's

arts scene check the music and theater sections of the monthly magazine Kansai Scene, at bookshops for ÂĄ300; you can also find information on the website www.kansaiscene.com. Another source is the Kyoto Visitor's Guide , which devotes a few pages to "This Month's Theater." Look at the festival listings for temple and shrine performances. It's available free from the Kyoto Tourist Information Center on the ninth floor of the Kyoto Station Building; the staff can also provide you with information.

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GEAR

This nonverbal show incorporates mime, magic, break dancing, and dramatic lighting effects as its energetic actors play robots temporarily...

Gion Corner Theater

This theater's 50-minute performances sample five traditional disciplines: gagaku (court music), kyomai (Kyoto-style dance), bunraku...

Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre

In the same complex as Gion Corner, this theater is used for special performances, most notably the spring and fall dances by maiko and...

Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater

This is one of Kyoto's oldest Noh schools. The libretto is all in Japanese, with only some information in English. ...

Kongo Noh Theater

This theater presenting performances of the Kongo school of Noh drama was moved to this location on the former estate of an aristocrat.

Kyoto Concert Hall

The architect Isozaki Araki designed this complex that has a huge round glass facade and a spiral entrance walkway up to the 1,839-seat...

Minami-za

The renovated Minami-za theater, the oldest in Japan, hosts Kabuki performances most of the year. Even the mounted posters announcing...

Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater

The maiko and geiko of the Ponto-cho district perform at this theater in spring and fall. Occasionally other dance performances are scheduled...

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