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  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
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    3.5
    673 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Ariake 3-11-1
    Located in the Ariake district of Tokyo's Koto City, this is Japan's largest convention center. It opened in 1996 and is used for various trade fairs and exhibitions throughout the year including business as well as cultural events. It is famous for hosting the Tokyo Motor Show and the Comic Market. The interior is mainly divided up into the Conference Tower, East Hall, East New Exhibition Hall, West Hall and Restaurant Avenue.

    Tokyos main exhibition centre. Very easy to access it fromTokyo city centre with subway. The complex features few Halls clustered together. The latest hall built is SOUTH HALL :a bit on the side...

  • Makuhari Messe
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Mihama-ku Nakase 2-1
    A convention center capable of hosting domestic and international trade fairs, product fairs, exhibitions, events, and meetings. There’s always a host of fun programs being conducted at Makuhari Messe. In addition to 11 exhibition halls, there’s also numerous conference rooms, restaurants, and other facilities; the size of the structure will astound you. The shortest access routes for international exhibition halls 1-8 and 9-11, the Makuhari Event Hall, and the international conference rooms all differ, so be sure to check where the event you’re interested in is before heading out.
  • Yokohama Arena
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    4.0
    179 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Kouhoku-ku Shinyokohama 3-10
    This multipurpose event arena, first opened in April 1989, can accommodate up to 17,000 people. Able to host concerts, ceremonies, and a variety of other events, Yokohama Arena has also been selected as one of the 100 best event halls in Japan. Yokohama Arena offers a full suite of features, including giant video monitor systems, sound systems suitable for a variety of events, and universally designed facilities. The surrounding area includes convenience stores, restaurants, and hotels as well.

    The seat on the floor offers a very good views.Organization was great as well. Also,beverages was not very expensive.

  • PACIFICO Yokohama
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    3.5
    132 Reviews
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Nishi-ku Minatomirai 1-1-1
    This convention center is in the Minato Mirai area. The Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama is one of the largest international conference halls in the world and hosts big global gatherings. It's connected to the Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel and the National Convention Hall, the only national conference hall in Eastern Japan. It's also a MICE complex and holds a wide variety of events.

    The Pacifico Yokohama is part of the Minato Mirai reclaimed project. When built it was the epitome of grace and modernity much ofxa0 which is retained..t has a large convention hall wit many affiliated...

  • Tokyo International Forum
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    4.0
    939 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-5-1
    A multipurpose public culture facility with eight halls of various sizes as well as 34 meeting rooms. The facility frequently hosts cultural events that help share with the world the unique charms of Japan. The airy Glass Building hall, walled in by huge glass panels, has been awarded three Michelin stars, and is a popular tourist spot in and of itself. The entire facility is decorated with works of art, and visitors can come and enjoy the building like an art museum.

    I visited here to attend an event. Well organized comfortable place.there was SHAKE SHACK hamburger at the middle!!

  • Osakajo Hall
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 3-1
    Situated inside Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, this is the largest event hall in western Japan with a capacity of 16,000 people. It was built in 1983 as the site of the “Osaka Chikujo 400-year Festival,” and the main part of the building was built underground out of consideration for the surrounding scenery. Aside from the arena, there are several halls and restaurants on the site. Popular domestic and overseas artists’ concerts and various ceremonies are held here, as well as a number of events attended by a large number of people throughout the year.

    The Hall and the surrounding park had turned to a popular spot for local and tourists. It was really nice to stroll around. There were eateries and shops available for visitors. Pleasant area...

  • Zepp Tokyo
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Aomi 1-3-11
    A live music club in Odaiba and one of the largest in the nation, Zepp Tokyo is located directly underneath the giant Palette Town shopping center Ferris wheel. Able to accommodate up to 2,709 standing guests, the hall plays host to countless concerts featuring popular domestic and international artists and is also used for corporate events. Coin lockers are available for use as well as a bar. The closest station is Aomi Station.

    The quickest way to get to this live house would be to take to Aomi Station via the Yurikamome Line and its just a short walk from there to the back of the live house. You will turn left upon seeing...

  • Suntory Hall
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 1-13-1
    This classical music concert hall opened in 1986 in “Akasaka Ark Hills” in Minato City, Tokyo. There are two halls, a main hall and a small hall. In pursuit of “the world’s most beautiful sound,” the main hall adopted the “Vineyard-style” of architecture in which all 2006 seats are arranged like the sloping terrace of a vineyard. The lobby, with a drinks corner and shop, is designed as an adult social gathering place where you can enjoy chatting before the performance. Please note that the hall will be closed until August 31, 2017 for renovations.
  • National Olympics Memorial Youth Center
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou 3-1
    An educational facility built on the former Tokyo Olympic Athlete’s Village in Shibuya City, Tokyo to serve as a space for the education and training of young people and persons involved in education. In addition to sports facilities, the center has classrooms, lodging facilities, a convenience store, and cafeteria.
  • Akasaka ACT Theater
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 5-3-2 In Akasaka Sacas
    This theater located within the Akasaka Sacas complex facility in the Akasaka district of Tokyo’s Minato City is in a place right next to the TBS Broadcasting Center. Currently the official name is TBS Akasaka ACT Theater. The full-scale entertainment theater boasting a maximum seating capacity of 1,324 opened in 2008 and is used for a diverse array of public performances including concerts, dramas and musicals. The café on the first floor lobby not only offers light meals and drinks but also sells opera glasses as well.

    This theatre is very accessible from Akasaka Station on the Tokyo Metro, exit 3. It seats about 1,300 people and puts on a great variety of shows. Getting tickets on line is fairly easy if...

  • Imperial Theatre
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-1-1
    With construction completed during the Meiji period in 1911, it was Japan’s first Western-style drama theater. Productions often put on stage at the theatre include musicals, plays and orchestras. It is also said to be a sacred place for theatrical plays. It has a stately structure where history and formality can be felt with its stained glass, lobby which glitters with illuminated decor and a large staircase which leads to its second-floor guest seating area. At the central shop on the first floor, opera glasses can be borrowed for a fee.
  • Shinbashi Enbujo
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-18-2
    This theater in the Ginza district of Tokyo's Chuo City was built in 1925. Constructed as a place to showcase the arts of Shinbashi geisha, it is now used to stage a variety of programs with a focus on kabuki, shinpa (new drama) and shin-kigeki (a new comedy troupe). The Shinbashi geisha's Azuma Odori, which is held every year for four days in May, is popular as a spring tradition in Tokyo in which guests can catch a glimpse of the culture in Japan's traditional pleasure quarters which are normally off-limits to first-timers. There are bento meals boxes to enjoy the tradition of the Shinbashi pleasure quarters and a complete cafeteria menu inside the theater.

    We were lucky enough to catch a show on 26 May 2019. (Only on for 4 days in Tokyo, I believe.) It consisted of 30 minutes dancing, then an intermission of 30 minutes (during which you could eat...

  • Kabukiza Theatre
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    4.5
    990 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-12-15
    This theater located in the Ginza area of Tokyo's Chuo City is dedicated solely to kabuki. The current building is the fifth iteration of the Kabuki-za, having undergone reconstruction and remodeling in accordance with destruction by fire, repairs, and changing eras since it opened in 1889. In addition to the many types of seats from the first floor box seats to the third floor seats, on the fourth floor are the popular “hito-maku miseki,” special seats that allow people to see any one act of a kabuki play. The building's Japanese-style exterior with its tiled roof and balustrades makes for a splendid balance with the Kabukiza Tower that stands behind it and the Ginza streetscapes. In the basement is the Kobikicho Plaza with souvenir shops and restaurants.

    Went to see a full length Kabuki show and rented a subtitle machine. Was about 3 hours and it was not at all boring - the plot was bonkers! It had stabbings, betrayals, incest, decapitations - if...

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
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    Tokyo Toshima-ku Nishikebukuro 1-8-1
    This performing arts cultural complex opened in 1990 but was renovated and reopened in 2012, and is used for various performances including music, dramas, opera, musicals, and dance. Mainly comprised of four main halls which include the Concert Hall with the world’s largest pipe organ, the mid-sized Playhouse, Theatre East and Theatre West, it also has meeting rooms and exhibit space. There are dining establishments on the first floor which can be used for meals before the program begins or as a rendezvous area. The closest station is Ikebukuro Station.
  • New National Theatre Tokyo
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Honmachi 1-1-1
    This theater located in the Honmachi district of Tokyo’s Shibuya City is used for opera and ballet as well as performances of modern performing arts such as contemporary dance and drama. The facility is actually comprised of three theaters: an opera-specific theater with an orchestra pit that can accommodate 120 musicians at full capacity, a mid-sized theater, and a small theater. The backstage tour that is held after performances of opera and ballet is also popular (apply on the day of the performance). Opera glass rentals and a baby-watching service (advance reservation required) are available.

    It looks modern venue, with a capacity of a large audience. Here are held various activities such as world-class ballet performances, concerts, drama, dance, and opera. For those of you who are...

  • Orchard Hall
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1
    This is a facility in “Bunkamura” in Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo, where mainly classical concerts such as opera and ballet performances, as well as popular concerts, are held. The hall is able to seat 2,150 people. It is the largest “shoe box type” hall in Japan with a high ceiling, providing rich and majestic acoustics. The buffet restaurant, where you can enjoy eating and chatting before and after the performance and during intermission can be used as a venue for parties.
  • Tokyo Opera City
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 3-20-2
    This complex cultural facility in the Nishi-Shinjuku district of Tokyo’s Shinjuku City is based around the 54-story high-rise building Tokyo Opera City Building and also includes the adjacent New National Theatre Tokyo and a glass space with a total length of 200 meters called Galleria. In addition to a concert hall and an art gallery, it has ample restaurants including the Sky Restaurant where guests can enjoy a view 230 meters above the ground. There are also many apparel shops and stores offering lifestyle services. The free lunchtime concert held every month is quite popular.
  • National Theatre
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    4.5
    113 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Hayabusachou 4-1
    This performance hall in Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo hosts performances of traditional Japanese performance arts. It features a large theater used for Kabuki theater, Nihon Buyo dance, and other performance arts. A small theater is used for Bunraku puppet theater, Japanese music, Nihon Buyo dance, Gagaku classical music, Shomyo Buddhist chants, and folk performing arts. The theater's vestibule, beloved for its great cherry blossoms, hosts a cherry blossom festival from late March to early April. The Traditional Performing Arts Information Center located behind the theater offers a range of facilities including exhibit halls and viewing rooms.

    Booked tickets on line from Australia to see an “Introduction to Kabuki” show which features a short lecture (from an actor) about Kabuki and two Kabuki scenes. English translations were available...

  • Nagoya Congress Center
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    3.5
    88 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Atsutanishimachi 1-1
    A convention center located in Shiratori Park in Atsuta Ward, Nagoya City. Facilities include the 3,000 seat Century Hall, international conference rooms, event halls, and more. The center holds regular events such as classical music competitions and concerts and is used by many locals and visitors from far and wide.

    Was here for a live concert. It took place in the Century Hall, its capacity is 3,000 seating not one of the big ones but its still very good to host concerts. Had a great time.

  • Tokyo Takarazuka Theater
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 1-1-3
    Located in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City, this theater opened in 1934 and is the Tokyo headquarters of the Takarazuka Revue theater company. It is equipped with the same type of stage equipment as the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Kansai, and the large staircase on the stage is known for being a symbol of Takarazuka. Musical performances with a live orchestra are possible and the seats have a staggered array that enables spectators to view the stage easily regardless of where they are seated. In the entrance is a luxurious red carpet, making this a spot where fans can enjoy the splendid world of Takarazuka to their heart’s content.

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