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.

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Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu map map Map
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  • Interesting but Dull
    4.0 Reviewed : 2024.03.24
    My wife and I caught the March kabuki performance at the Minamiza Theater. We rented an audioguide with English narration of the performance. The translation was helpful although it didn’t cover...
  • Miyako no Nigiwai (Joint Performance of Kyoto Gokagai)
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.07.23
    We went to the Miyako no Nigiwai performance at Minamiza on 24 June. It is an annual joint performance of Gokagai (five hanamachi or geiko entertainment districts) held in every June, which is a...
  • Traditional Japanese Play
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.09.27
    I went with my language school. Even if you don’t understand what the play is about, like me, the visuals and acting was an experience on its own. Definitely go if you get a chance.

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