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  • Osakajo Hall
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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.
  • 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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    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.
  • Kabukiza Theatre
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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.
  • 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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    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.
  • 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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    3.5
    3 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.

    千鳥ヶ淵でお花見した後、周辺を散歩しましたがカフェがあまりなく、立ち寄りました。入口入ってすぐのレジで食券を購入する方式。木材を使った天井の劇場の隅を利用した喫茶スペースなので、公演の音が聴こえてきてちょっとしたBGM代わりに。外のガラス窓に面した席に座れば、庭の花を観賞しながら一休みできます。メニューは和菓子(あんみつなど)、フルーツパフェ、桜の時期だったので塩漬けの乗ったモンブランとコーヒーの...

  • Tokyo Takarazuka Theater
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    4.5
    95 Reviews
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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.

    The review performance and precision is unbelievable. If you thought the Rockets were good.... you have to see this program. Although not speaking Japanese we did not fully understand the dialogue...

  • Meijiza
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    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashihamachou 2-31-1
    Located just nearby the A2 exit of Hamacho Station, this is a playhouse that has been well-loved since it was established in 1873. Widely known as a hall for kabuki and shinpa (new drama), it is now host to a variety of performances including kayo concerts, contemporary drama, and musicals. The modern exterior of the Hamacho Center Building accommodates the internal appearance that retains the influence of Japanese-style architecture, and inside are a number of facilities such as a café, lounge, and long-established wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop that visitors can enjoy during the intermission. The Meijiza traditional taste of the Maku-no-uchi bento is the real pleasure of going to this theater.
  • Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Chayamachi 19-1
    The Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall is located inside the Chayamachi Applause in Chayamachi. It was previously known as the Umeda Koma Theater. It moved to its current location from the west of the HEP FIVE building in 1992 and in 2005 it was renamed. You can enjoy a wide variety of performances from Takarazuka Revues, plays, modern and classic musicals, opera, and ballet. The auditorium holds 1,905 seats with a large chandelier in the center. You can enter on the first and second floors with a lobby on each floor, as well as shops and restaurants.

    地下鉄の中津駅から近く人も少なく歩きやすいですが、梅田駅や大阪駅からも賑やかな街を楽しみながら歩けます。 東京の劇場で同じものを観ていても、梅田芸術劇場で観ると音が良いので遠征して良かったと思います。1階席はどこからでも観やすく、2、3階の後ろの方だと見切れることがあります。休憩中トイレが少ないのでホールが行列でいっぱいになるのが残念。オペラグラスの貸し出しが無く販売だけなのですが、かなり割安で売...

  • Nissay Theatre
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 1-1-1
    A theater built to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Nippon Life Insurance Company. The building is an outstanding example of Showa period architecture and visiting to view it alone can be worth the trip. A great number of performances are held here sponsored by major theater companies such as Toho and Shochiku. The theater also sponsors events such as the Nissay Masterpiece Series of free theater productions for children and youths, the Nissay Family Festival designed to be fun for parents and children, and the Nissay Opera program of authentic opera, and in turn the theater has become a true center for the performing arts.

    I watched a Japanese theatrical adaptation of "Marius" and "Fanny" with my wife at the Nissay Theater in Ginza.They have managed to pull off a decent stage. The building is quite old, but clean. I...

  • Kobe World Hall
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-12-2
    An event hall located in the center of Port Island a three-minute drive from the Hanshin Expressway Port Island off ramp or a seven-minute drive from the Kyobashi exit. There are waiting rooms and equipment areas surrounding the first-floor arena as well as a rest area and multipurpose hall available for use. On the second floor, there is a shop next to the east central gate and box seats as well as seating encircling the arena. Incorporating universal design principles, the smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. The arena is primarily used for live music events and also serves as the venue for the Kobe Marathon.

    twiceのライブで初めて行きました。 会場近くには沢山コインパーキングがあり、開場1時間前到着だったにもかかわらず近くに停められました。また駐車代金も安く一日最大料金設定のあるパーキングが多々ありました。 ただ、twiceのライブでは会場から出るとトイレがなく、近くのコンビニを利用するしかないとの案内。少し歩けばありますが、ライブに来ている人数を考えればめっちゃ不便。会場内にトイレがあるのかない...

  • Takarazuka Grand Theater
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    Hyogo Pref. Takaradukashi Sakaemachi 1-1-57
    This theater is in Sakae Town, Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture, and it is the home of the Takarazuka Revue. There are 2,527 seats total on the first and second floors, and the “Takarazuka Bow Hall” lies in an adjacent building. It specializes in musicals, and the various troupes take turns performing both overseas productions and original productions. Spectacular shows are held year-round. The theater also contains the “Takarazuka Revue Hall of Fame,” which opened to celebrate the revue’s 100-year anniversary, as well as a restaurant, shop, and other facilities.
  • Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Higashisakura 1-13-2 Aichi Arts Center
    A performing arts theater standing along Nishiki-dori Avenue in Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya City. The theater has a large hall complete with stage mechanisms able to be used for fully fledged opera performances, a concert hall equipped with a pipe organ, a small hall which can be used for a variety of performing arts, and one medium sized and one large rehearsal room.

    オアシス21から直径、芸術センター内にはレストランがあるかも・・・ 序でに見学でもと入館。館内は、美術館ホール共に改修工事中・・・なのでエレベーターで10階に。全体的に人も少なく寂しい感じ。レストランは、披露宴?で貸切、11階の天望回廊からオアシス21とテレビ塔、観覧車、ノスタルジックな屋上看板と、なんだか懐かしくなる景色でした。

  • Tennozu Galaxy Theater
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    Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Higashishinagawa 2-3-16
    This is a theater located in Sea Fort Square, about one minute from Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Monorail line. The horseshoe-shaped hall has a three-level seating construction accommodating a total of 746 seats, and the stage is extremely close to the audience seating with a maximum distance of 20 meters, allowing for an extremely close view such that guests can feel the sound and vibrations of the stage action in their skin. It features a variety of programs that primarily involve dramas and musicals but also include music and dance. There are also box seats on the second floor which allow friends and families to relax together. There is also an on-site café and bar which serves up original drinks in collaboration with the program.
  • Fuchu-no-Mori Geijutsu Gekijo (Fuchu-no-Mori Art Theater)
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    Tokyo Fuchushi Sengenchou 1-2
    This playhouse within a cultural facility located directly next to the metropolitan Fuchu-no-Mori Koen (Fuchu-no-Mori Park) has been selected as one of the top 100 superior halls chosen by acoustic specialists. It has three halls comprised of the Dream Hall boasting a capacity of more than 2,000 spectators, the Vienna Hall with a pipe organ, and the Furusato Hall intended for traditional performing arts and stage theater. The playhouse can also rent out facilities such as music practice rooms and conference rooms, and can support a variety of events from performances of cultural arts to receptions. The closest station is Higashi-fuchu Station.
  • Minamiza
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu
    A theater which has been in operation since the Edo period (1603–1868) located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City. The theater has held kabuki performances for close to 400 years in Shijogawara where kabuki originated from, making it the oldest and most tradition-rich theater in Japan. The current building, four stories above ground and one below, incorporates modern and Momoyama architectural styles and was designated a Tangible Cultural Property in 1996. The theater’s performances of the Kaomise, held each year from the November 30 to the end of December, have become a winter tradition in Kyoto, and the sight of the traditional signboards presenting the performers’ names in Kanteiryu calligraphic style crowding the theater front above the entranceway is renowned.
  • Bunkamura
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1Bunkamura1F
    A performing arts theater located inside the Bunkamura multipurpose commercial and cultural facility next to the Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Main Store in Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo. The compact theater is able to seat up to 747; its small confines engender intimate, atmospheric theater and concert performances which make the audience feel a part of the action. The theater is also known for Cocoon Kabuki, kabuki performances which incorporate modern production techniques.
  • Setagaya Public Theatre
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Taishidou 4-1-1
    A performing arts theater focusing on drama and dance located inside Carrot Tower, a landmark building which stands in front of Sangen-Jaya Station. In addition to the main 600 seat Setagaya Public Theatre and the smaller Theater Tram, the facility also houses a practice room and sound studio. The theater hosts numerous excellent stage productions and also holds workshops for local residents and children. Since 2002, traditional kyogen comedic farce performer Mansai Nomura has served as artistic director.

    This theatre is a very attractive 600 seater with state of the art lighting, sound and stage management and hardware. It has a very professional staff and management and artistic director who care...

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