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  • Awaji Puppet Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Kou 1528-1 ground point
    Located in Fukurako, Minami Awaji City, this is the only theater exclusively dedicated to Awaji Ningyo Joruri puppetry, a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property boasting 500 years of history. They have scheduled performances four times a day. Special performances can be arranged with advance reservation for groups of 30 or more. The Awaji Ningyo Joruri Museum in Minami Awaji City's Ichisanjo has exhibits featuring items like joruri puppets and other tools.
  • Shochikugeino Shinjuku Kadoza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-20-8 WaMall Tops House 4F
    A theater belonging to the Shochikugeino entertainment company located in Shinjuku City, Tokyo which opened its doors in 2011 and which inherits its name from the Dotonbori Kadoza performing arts hall which operated in Osaka from the Edo period. The hall is primarily used for performances by entertainers affiliated with Shochikugeino, plays, traditional rakugo storytelling, and events. Seating is stepped to provide greater visibility. The theater also has a shop which sells T-shirts, towels, and performer merchandise. Check the official website for information on performances and performers scheduled to appear.
  • Kanda Renjakutei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasudachou 1-17 Kato Building 2F
    A rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling) theater located just a two-minute walk from Awajicho Station’s A3 Exit. The theater only hosts rakugo story tellers of the futatsume, or second highest, rank. Seating 35, visitors can enjoy rakugo up close and personal. Different programs are shown at different times and all are very reasonably priced—the “one coin” program around noon is just 500 yen; while the “daily special” and “caterpillar” programs are 1,000 yen. No matter your age, it’s easy to enjoy rakugo at the Kanda Renjakutei.
  • Taishu Gekijyo (theater) Tachikawa Keyakiza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Tachikawashi Akebonochou 1-36-1
    This is a dedicated theater for Taishu Engeki where theatrical companies tour around Japan performing historical plays, buyo (Japanese dance), and kayo (Japanese ballads), and the facility is located about six minutes on foot from JR Tachikawa Station. There are three types of seats available: gallery seating, tamari seating (the first two rows closest to the stage) and chair seating. The distance between the seats and the stage is close enough to clearly make out the expressions on the actors’ faces, allowing guests to enjoy plays that are full of presence. Part of the appeal to this theater is that visitors can enjoy various programs that change each month since it invites popular theatrical troupes from all over Japan to hold performances.
  • Nezu / Ikenohata Shinobu-tei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ikenohata 2-5-47
    This is a yose (a storyteller's house) located in the Ikenohata district of Tokyo's Taito City. It opened for business in 2013 using the first floor of the home that rakugo storyteller Koraku Sanyutei had constructed. Although it is a small-scale yose accommodating 40 to 50 people with zabuton (flat floor cushions) on wood floors, this is also the greatest benefit in that guests can sits close to the presenter and enjoy the live sounds of rakugo without necessitating the use of a microphone. The closest station is Nezu Station.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 11 - 6 Namba Grande Flower Moon Building
    Located approx. 10 minutes on foot from Namba and Nihonbashi stations, this theater is located on the underground level of Namba Grand Kagetsu. It opened in April 2015 as Namba's new landmark of information dissemination. This new theater holds many shows centered on Yoshimoto comedy shows such as dances, live music performances and talk shows. Accommodating 326 people, it boasts high-quality acoustics and lighting equipment. It also has a projector that can do 3D mapping, and shows can be shown online and on television. Its biggest distinction is its many state-of-the-art and high-quality features.
  • Kusatsu Onsen Rakugo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 414
    The Kusatsu Onsen Rakugo are rakugo (a form of Japanese verbal entertainment) performances held in the Netsu-no-Yu hall known as the Yumomi Show, located in front of the yubatake (hot water field and spring source) in Kusatsu, Kusatsu Town. Shows are held at eight o’clock every evening of the year. In many of the hotels and ryokan in the area rakugo tickets are offered as part of their accommodation packages.
  • Misoka Yose
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Mie Pref. Iseshi Ujinakanokirichou 52
    Located approximately 20 minutes by bus from either Ujiyamada Station or Iseshi Station, a one-minute walk from the JinguKaikan-mae bus stop. this Rakugo performance takes place in Sushikyu, in Okage Yokocho. Because it is held on the last day of each month, it was named Misoka. It has been held every month since the first performance in June 1991, without missing a single month. The venue, Sushikyu, is a traditional wooden building which was constructed in 1871. Its traditional atmosphere is popular among Rakugo-lovers. You need to reserve advance tickets by phone.
  • Moji Port Retro Performance Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Minatomachi 5-1 Moji Port Retro Strait Plaza 2F
  • Numazu Raccoon Yoshimoto Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Numazu-shi Otemachi 3-4-1 Numazu RAKUUN 4F
  • Awaduembujo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Inokuchimachi To 11
  • Akashi honmachi sanshirokan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Akashishi Honmachi 1-14-18
  • TB Studio
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Kita-ku Shimo 1-1-9
  • Nagoya Za
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Nagono 1-21-21 harmonica Zhuang 2B, Room (formerly Kirintei)
  • Kabuki Cafe Nagoya Za
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Nagono 1-21-21 harmonica Zhuang 2B Room No.
  • Maiko theater
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Daikokumachigojou Climb Daikoku 302-2

    I am leery about these kind if put on tourist shows however this one was fantastic. The venue as noted is small and somewhat intimate. The experience starts with a tea ceremony conducted by the...

  • Hachi Hijiri Tei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osaka-shi Fukushima-ku
  • Yawata Onsen Elderly Citizens Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Shizuoka-shi Shimizu-ku Kochi 415-2
  • Meiji Jingu Jingu Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku
  • Bainanza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Osakashi Nishinari-ku Bainan 1-8-21

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