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Top Choice Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabukiza

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre makes a strong impression. It is a good indication of the extravagant dramatic flourishes that are integral to the traditional performing art of kabuki. Check the webs…
Cabaret in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Robot Restaurant

This Kabukichō spectacle has hit it big with its vision of 'wacky Japan': bikini-clad women ride around on giant robots against a backdrop of animated screens and enough neon to light all of Shinjuku. Reservations a…
Live Performance in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

P.A.R.M.S

The girl group Kamen Joshi – singing and dancing young women wearing cute outfits and hockey masks – is all the rage at this live-music show in the Pasela Resort's karaoke emporium. It's a thoroughly Akiba night out…
Performing Arts in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Setagaya Public Theatre

The best of Tokyo's public theatres, Setagaya Public Theatre puts on contemporary dramas as well as modern nō (a stylised Japanese dance-drama, performed on a bare stage) and sometimes butoh (an avant-garde form of …
Theatre in Harajuku & Aoyama

National Nō Theatre

The traditional music, poetry and dances that nō is famous for unfold here on an elegant cypress stage. Each seat has a small screen displaying an English translation of the dialogue. Shows take place only a few tim…
Theatre in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

AKB48 Theatre

Not as red-hot as they once were, this J-pop phenomenon girl group of 60 rotating members continues to perform in shifts at its very own workhouse…er…theatre in the heart of Akihabara. Tickets for shows are awarded …
Theatre in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

National Theatre

This is the capital's premier venue for traditional performing arts with a 1600-seat and a 590-seat auditorium. Performances include kabuki (a form of stylised Japanese theatre), gagaku (music of the imperial court)…
Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre

If you love camp, this is for you. The all-female Takarazuka revue, going back to 1914, stages highly stylised musicals in Japanese (English synopses are available) where a mostly female audience swoons over actress…
Comedy in Asakusa & Sumida River

Asakusa Engei Hall

Asakusa was once full of theatres like this one, where traditional rakugo (comedic monologues) and other forms of comedy are performed. There are also jugglers, magicians and the like. It’s all in Japanese, but the …
Comedy in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Suehirotei

This is one of the very few remaining yose (vaudeville) theatres in Tokyo. Shows feature 18 acts, of which more than half are rakugo (comedic monologue). You’ll need pretty good Japanese to follow along, though ther…