Movies / Theater / Hall / Live House Spots in Tokyo Area

  • Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center)
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    3.5
    679 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.

    Visited Tokyo Big Sight for a trade show and it is quite easily accessible on the Yurikanome line. The architecture is pretty interesting and worth a couple of photos. There is also a decent...

  • Tokyo International Forum
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    4.0
    947 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.

    The Tokyo International Forum truly is a photography wonderland. Head into the main building and take the elevator to the 7th floor. There are so many cool angles to shoot in this architectural...

  • Kabukiza Theatre
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    4.5
    1005 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.

    Kabuki-za is to my understanding the most valued Kabuki theatre in Japan. The traditional art of kabuki is something unique and, of course, best appreciated by watching a play. The tickets can be...

  • Ryogoku Kokugikan
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    4.5
    873 Reviews
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    Tokyo Sumida-ku Yokoami 1-3-28
    Called the Ryogoku Kokugikan, this is widely known as a venue for sumo competitions. It can accommodate more than 10,000 spectators and hosts various events besides sumo including pro-wrestling, boxing and concerts. Inside the venue’s shop visitors can purchase sweets and original merchandise featuring sumo motifs even when an official sumo tournament is not being held. The facility also houses the Sumo Museum where visitors can see color prints and ornamental aprons, as well as photos of past yokozuna champions.

    If youre reading this and still undecided, then i urge you to attend! Its unique experience that you can only get in Japan. Currently the seating is limited due to Covid-19 and the viewing time is...

  • Bunkamura
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    4.0
    315 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 2-24-1
    A multipurpose cultural facility located in the Dogenzaka area of Shibuya City dedicated primarily to music, theater, the fine arts, and film. The artistic and creative building houses and orchestra hall that serves as the home and regular venue of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Bunkamura also has a performing arts theater, art museum, movie theater, fashionable cafés, and art shops, and is fast becoming a key cultural center. Bunkamura is one of the most popular places in Shibuya for enjoying culture and the arts in an elegant and mature setting.

    Bear in mind Bunkamura is under construction so most the theatrical events have been temporarily located to another nearby building on Meiji Dori.

  • Suntory Hall
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    4.5
    220 Reviews
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 1-13-1
    "This classical music hall is located in Akasaka Ark Hills in Minato Ward, Tokyo. There are two performance halls, the large Main Hall and the smaller Blue Rose hall. Aiming to achieve the most beautiful sound quality in the world, all 2,006 seats in the Main Hall are arranged in terraced rows in what is called ""vineyard style,"" the first time this style has been employed in Japan. Performances by first-rate artists from across the country and the world are held here daily. The foyer has a drink area and shop and is designed to be a socializing space where adults can enjoy friendly conversation before performances and during breaks."

    NHK philosophy orchestra has played few times in a month. good music , good environment, fun night life

  • Shinbashi Enbujo
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    4.0
    105 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...

  • Meijiza
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    4.0
    123 Reviews
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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.

    I really liked this show, especially its music. The whole show was a nice combination of some kabuki, dance, swordplay and some anime.

  • National Theatre
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    4.5
    112 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...

  • ASAKUSA ENGEI HALL
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    4.0
    128 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-43-12
    This is a theater that conducts performance of rakugo (Japanese comedic storytelling) year-round. In addition to rakugo, there are also programs that include manzai (two-person comedy acts), skits and imitations. After opening in 1964, it gained popularity as a hall for comedy and famous artists such as Kinichi Hagimoto, “Beat” Takeshi and Kiyoshi Atsumi often performed there. Although there is a daytime part and a night-time part, there is no restriction on choosing one or the other so visitors can watch for the entire day. There is also a shop that sells bento lunch boxes, drinks and other merchandise. Tickets are only available for purchase on the day of the show.

    Asakusa Engei Hall is a theatre where an actor perform alone on stage telling comic stories in japanese so it helps if you know the language but even if you don’t, you may enjoy the environment and...

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7
    This is a complex facility for lifelong learning located in the Nakano district of Tokyo’s Nakano City. The main hall with its excellent acoustics is often used for concerts and as a venue for symposiums. In addition the facility also includes small halls, practice rooms, study rooms and a support corner for lifelong learning. In the basement is the Nakano City Library, and there is a planetarium in the West Building. Located right next to Momijiyama Park with its abundant nature, this facility functions as a place for interaction among the city residents.

    仕事で西館・小ホールを利用しました。初めての訪問ですがアクセスも線路沿い一本道で分かりやすいです。案内板も道々出ています。1974年(昭47)建築で結構施設は古いです。ただ場内は客席数500余りで見易い会場でした。終日の利用でしたがお昼を取る飲食店がなく駅前まで行きました。(隣の本館にはレストランありましたが、当日は臨時休業でした。)公園が隣接され蒸気機関車C-11が展示されています。

  • Nissay Theatre
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    4.0
    38 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...

  • Ex Theater Roppongi
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Minato-ku Nishiazabu 1-2-9
    A performing arts theater operated by TV Asahi and located on Roppongi-dori Avenue in Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo. The theater is used to host events such as concerts, theater performances, rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling), and movies. The theater is also used for the Tokyo International Film Festival and for live broadcasts of the television show Music Station.

    TOKYO is packed with live music stages of all sizes ranging from claustrophobic clubs such as the Cyclone in Shibuya (which is mystery to me how they can survive a fire inspection having double meat...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Setagaya Public Theatre
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    4.0
    21 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...

  • ageHa
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Tokyo Koutou-ku Shinkiba 2-2-10
    This event venue near Shinkiba Station is home to the Studio Coast event, one of the nation's largest, which draws more than 200,000 guests annually. They offer a wide range of music, including classical, through their cutting edge sound system and Octagon Speakers, gaining high praise from clubgoers and music lovers alike. The floor is divided into different area with different themes, with spacious dance floors, bar counters, a food court, three kinds of VIP room and more to accommodate all kinds of music lovers.

    The biggest night club you can find in Tokyo. 4 DJ booths, inside and outside of the club. You can enjoy the great sound system in the main area, where gigantic speakers are being hanged above your...

  • Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Hibiyakouen 1-5
    This outdoor concert hall in Hibiya Koen (Hibiya Park) in Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is affectionately known as Yaon. The large concert hall is called the holy land of rock music, and is also famous for episodes such as the band CAROL’s last concert before breaking up and Yutaka Ozaki jumping from the stage and breaking a bone. Even now it is used for live concerts by various artists, and it is popular for the production that is distinctive to an outdoor setting and its sense of spaciousness. The small concert hall is Japan’s oldest outdoor concert hall, and is only used for free events.

    If it wasn’t for friends that had happened upon the Daly concert in the Imperial park we would not have known. 1230 1245 they have a free outdoor concert.

  • National Noh Theatre
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Sendagaya 4-18-1
    This theater is a theater dedicated to the performing art of Noh, and is located in Sendagaya, Shibuya City of Tokyo. This theater was built for the purpose of preserving and promulgating one of Japan's traditional performing arts, Noh play, which has a history of over 600 years. In addition to the ongoing independent performances, performance for Noh appreciation classes with accompanying narration are also presented for the students and general public groups. Adjoining the theater, the Noh play library displays many of the treasured materials of the arts. This theater also is engaged in nurturing future artists for the Noh performing art.

    I saw a fairly traditional performance-Kyogen to start with and then after an interval a Noh performance.Both were excellent-the only niggle I had was with the theatre itself:it was roasting...

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