Kyoto

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 ev
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
Kyoto is known for its traditional performances—particularly dance and Noh theater. All dialogue is in Japanese, but som

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 ¥300; 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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  • 1. Gion Corner Theater

    Higashiyama-ku | Dance

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

  • 2. GEAR

    Theater

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

  • 3. Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre

    Higashiyama-ku | Dance

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

  • 4. Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater

    Sakyo-ku | Theater

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

  • 5. Kongo Noh Theater

    Kamigyo-ku | Theater

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

  • 6. Kyoto Concert Hall

    Sakyo-ku | Concerts

    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 Main...Read More

  • 7. Minami-za

    Higashiyama-ku | Theater

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

  • 8. Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater

    Nakagyo-ku | Dance

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

  • 9. RAN Music Theatre

    Nakagyo-ku | Theater

    RAN is a new venue with highly rated performances of traditional instruments: the shamisen, taiko drums, koto zither, and Noh flute, with shows...Read More

  • 10. Rohm Theater Kyoto

    Sakyo-ku | Theater

    Located in the Okazaki area, this concert and performance venue was formerly known as Kyoto Kaikan. It reopened in 2016 with more seating and...Read More

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