Watch, Feel, and Taste—Traditional Japanese Theater in Tokyo

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Watch, Feel, and Taste—Traditional Japanese Theater in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese theater is an art form we all plan on experiencing one day but tend to shy away from actually attending. The trick is to remember that theater, like the movies, is public entertainment. Just take it easy and enjoy!

* The information given is as of January 2018.

Skills and aesthetics

Kabuki, Bunraku, and Noh and Kyogen are the top three forms of traditional Japanese theater. This section looks at their history and features, plus some of Tokyo's own varieties of traditional theater.

Tips for theatergoing

Theater etiquette, the joys of the intermission, and preparing for your first theatergoing experience—this section offers three basic tips for appreciating the play to the full.

Guide to Tokyo theaters

Unique services and the designs of the Japanese-style buildings are all part of the theatergoing experience. This section explores some of Tokyo's most prestigious, historic theaters.