20 Best Performing Arts Venues in Tokyo, Japan

Akasaka Blitz


Eclectic performances at this artsy music venue range from Japanese rock to Korean and Japanese pop to visual-kei (visual-style) groups, who wear elaborate makeup and stage costumes.

Asagaya Jazz Street Festival


Held the last weekend of October, this predominantly mainstream festival takes places in some less-than-mainstream venues, ranging from a Shinto shrine to a Lutheran church (most within walking distance of Asagaya Station). More than 200 bands and 1,300 musicians play, and previous headliners include the Mike Price Jazz Quintet and pianist Yosuke Yamashita. The festival gets crowded, so come early to ensure entry.



This complex has two movie theaters that tend to screen French and foreign films; a concert, opera, and classic ballet auditorium (Orchard Hall); a performance space (Theater Cocoona, often used for ballet and other dance); a gallery; and a museum.

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Bunkyo Civic Hall


This three-story, city-run performance hall showcases classical music and ballet, opera, dance, and drama. Visitors might be especially interested in performances of local interest featuring puppets, wind music, and Japanese Kabuki dance.



One of the best venues for art-house films in Japan screens independent European and Asian hits and small-scale Japanese movies. Directors and actors often appear on the stage, greeting fans on opening days. Occasionally Japanese films run with English subtitles.

Kanze Noh-gakudo


This is among the most important of the Noh family schools in Japan, and the current iemoto (head) of the school is the 26th in his line. In 2017 Kanze moved to a stylish new theater in Ginza. English-language summaries of the plots are available upon request.

6–10–1 Ginza, Tokyo, 104–0061, Japan
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Rate Includes: From ¥6,000 for reserved seats

Kioi Hall


Behind Hotel New Otani stands this relatively small concert venue, which showcases both performances of Western classical music, such as piano and violin recitals, and Japanese works, including shakuhachi flute music. It hosts programs for families to learn how to play such traditional Japanese instruments.

National Noh Theater


One of the few public halls to host Noh performances, this theater provides basic English-language summaries of the plots at performances. Individual screens placed in front of each seat also give an English translation.

New National Theater and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall


With its 1,632-seat main auditorium, this venue nourishes Japan's fledgling efforts to make a name for itself in the world of opera. The Opera City Concert Hall has a massive pipe organ and hosts a free concert on Friday from 11:45 to 12:30, as well as visiting orchestras and performers. The complex also includes an art gallery.

NHK Hall


The home base for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation's NHK Symphony Orchestra, known as N-Kyo, is probably the auditorium most familiar to Japanese lovers of classical music, as performances here are routinely rebroadcast on the national TV station.

Shimbashi Enbujo


Dating to 1925, this theater was built for the geisha of the Shimbashi quarter to present their spring and autumn performances of traditional music and dance. This is the top spot in Tokyo to see the nation's favorite traditional performing art. The theater is also the home of "Super Kabuki," a faster, jazzier modern version. Seats commonly run ¥3,000–¥16,500, and there's no gallery.



The Suigan dinner theater and lounge offers a taste of traditional Japanese Noh and Kyogen plays and geisha performances over a full-course dinner, light meal, or drinks. While Noh and Kyogen plays can often run hours and be difficult to comprehend, the short performances at Suigan focus on the climactic scenes and give explanations of the story and artistry of the performance. Suigan has performances every evening and during the day on weekends. Tickets must be reserved in advance on the website.

2–5–10 Nihonbashimuromachi, Tokyo, 103-0022, Japan
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Rate Includes: Light meal plans from ¥4,400, full dinner plans from ¥8,800, Closed Mon.

Sumida Triphony Hall

Home to New Japan Philharmonic, the venue is mostly for Western classical music, chamber music, and piano recitals. It has many programs by amateur orchestras and ensembles, as well. The 1,800-seat hall is thought to have the best acoustics in Tokyo.

Suntory Hall


This lavishly appointed concert auditorium in the Ark Hills complex has probably the best acoustics in the city, and its great location allows theatergoers to extend their evening out: there's an abundance of great restaurants and bars nearby.



Japan's all-female theater troupe was founded in the Osaka suburb of Takarazuka in 1913 and has been going strong ever since. Today it has not one but five companies, one of which has a permanent home in Tokyo at the 2,069-seat Takarazuka Theater. Same-day tickets are sold at the box office at either 9:30 am or 10 am for later shows. Advance tickets are available through ticketing agencies and the theater's website. Any remaining tickets are sold at the theater box office.

Toho Cinemas Hibiya


With a design that evokes images of the golden days of film, Toho's premier "movie palace" attempts to bring back the days when moviegoing was an experience. With an impressive lobby and one of the largest screens in Tokyo, it is one of the city's best movie theaters. Arrive a few minutes early to take in the impressive views looking out over Hibiya Park before your show.

1--2 Yurakucho, Tokyo, 100-0006, Japan

Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills


This complex provides good comfort along with its nine screens, and about 2,100 seats that include "first-class" VIP seats. It also has an extra-large screen and MediaMation MX4D technology. It's the principal venue for the Tokyo International Film Festival held each fall. There are plenty of bars in the area for post-movie discussions. Late shows screen on weekends.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan


In the 1960s and ’70s this hall was one of the city's premier showcases for classical ballet, orchestral music, and visiting soloists. It still gets major bookings.

Tokyo Dome


A 45,852-seat sports arena, the dome also hosts big-name Japanese pop acts as well as the occasional international star.

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Tokyo Jazz Festival


On the first weekend in September, the festival takes over the Tokyo International Forum and Cotton Club Tokyo in Marunouchi. Though the forum's 5,000-seat hall lacks the intimacy you might seek in a jazz show, the lineup is usually an impressive mix of local talent and international stars.