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National Theater (Kokuritsu Gekijo)

National Theater (Kokuritsu Gekijo) Review

Architect Hiroyuki Iwamoto's winning entry in the design competition for the National Theater building (1966) is a rendition in concrete of the ancient azekura (storehouse) style, invoking the 8th-century Shosoin Imperial Repository in Nara. The large hall seats 1,610 and presents primarily Kabuki theater, ancient court music, and dance. The small hall seats 590 and is used mainly for bunraku puppet theater and traditional music. Performances are in Japanese, but English-translation headsets are available for many shows.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4–1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku Imperial Palace and Government District, Tokyo, 102-8656 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/3265–7411
  • Cost: Varies depending on performance
  • Website:
  • Subway: Hanzo-mon subway line, Hanzo-mon Station (Exit 1).
  • Location: Imperial Palace and Government District
Updated: 08-19-2013

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