Shimbashi Embujō Theatre

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Shimbashi Embujō Theatre information

Tokyo , Japan
Street 6-18-2 Ginza
Extras Chūō-ku
+81 3541 2600
Getting there
train Hibiya Line to Higashi-Ginza, exit 6
More information
in Japanese
tickets ¥3000-17,000
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Lonely Planet review

While Ginza’s storied Kabuki-za Theatre is being rebuilt until 2013, corporate owner Shōchiku will mainly stage the plays at its Embujō Theatre. A full performance of traditional kabuki comprises three or four acts (usually from different plays) over an afternoon or an evening (typically 11am to 3.30pm or 4.30pm to 9pm), with long intervals between; English translation is available on rental earphones for ¥650. If four-plus hours sounds too long, you can always leave at the intermission. Since some acts tend to be more popular than others, enquire ahead as to which to catch, and arrive well in advance.