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Q&A

*Please note that answers might vary depending on theatres and performances. Some services have been changed temporarily to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Performance schedules

Program schedules will be updated 1-2 months before the performance. Please check the Schedule page for the latest information.

QWhen are the time schedules updated?

Basically, performance time schedules are updated by the first day of the performances. However, this is subject to change depending on the performance, and delays are possible.

QHow long is each performance (or act)?

The duration of the performances depends on the acts and the content. However, usually they run for approximately 4 hours each for the Matinee and the Evening Show.
If you prefer to watch from a Single Act Seat, kabuki dances and short dramas last about 30 minutes to1hour, while long dramas last about 1 to 2 hours.
For more information, please check the schedules on each performance.

QAre there age restrictions?

Matinee/Evening Show:
There are no age restrictions for customers watching the performances. However, pre-school children who are 4 years of age and over must have a ticket.
(These age restrictions may vary depending on the production so please check the information before purchasing tickets.)
Tickets are not required for infants aged 3 and under if they can sit on the adult's lap. If a seat is needed, a ticket is required.

Single Act Seats:
Children who are 6 years old or under may not use the Single Act Seats.

Single Act Seats

*Single Act Seats are currently not for sale.

QWhat is a "Single Act Ticket"?

You can choose to watch particular scenes at an affordable price within a short time. It is an ideal way to enjoy kabuki for both novices and experts, as well as tourists who want to save some of their time for sightseeing.
*Single Act Seats are only available at the Kabukiza Theatre (4th level) and occasionally at other theatres.

QWhen does the ticket Box Office for Single Act Tickets open, and how much does each act cost?

Every month the program changes so the time schedule of the performances, the time of ticket sales and the price for the single acts differ. They will be announced by the first day of the performance, so please check the relevant performance information here : https://www.kabukiweb.net/news/.

For more details about the Single Act tickets at the Kabukiza Theatre, please check here.

Tickets

QWhere can I book tickets for kabuki performances online?

Multilingual Online Ticket: https://www.e-tix.jp/shochiku/
Ticket Web Shochiku (Japanese): http://www.ticket-web-shochiku.com/t/

*Tickets are currently not sold at the Multilingual Online Ticket.
Customers who prefer booking tickets in English, please purchase by phone. (English speaking staff available)

QAre there any seats available other than the displayed seating areas?

Tickets for dates shown as "Sold Out" or for other preferred seating areas, may still be available from the promoter, Shochiku Co., Ltd. Please confirm the availability by phone or stop by the Box Office.
How to buy tickets

★For questions regarding online tickets from "e-tix", please see here.

QCan I buy tickets on the day for the full show?

If seats are left, you can purchase tickets at the door of the theatre's Box Office.
*The Box Office of the Kabukiza Theatre is located in the 2nd basement.

Others

QAre there any English supporting guides available?

Please check the services at https://www.eg-gm.jp/e_guide/eng_service.html.
We also have English synopses at the back of the Japanese programs.

QIs there any dress code for watching kabuki?

There is no dress code, so please come in your normal clothing. However, we ask customers to take off their hats during performances and any other headgear which might obstruct the view of other customers.

QCan I leave my baggage in the cloakroom?

We do not have a cloakroom at our theatres, but in each theatre we do have coin-operated lockers for you to leave your possessions. Please make sure to take all valuable belongings with you during the performance.

QCan we eat inside the theatre?

There is an intermission between each act or performance, and you can eat 'obentō' (Japanese Style lunch boxes) and sweets sold at the theatre or other foods and drinks which you bought before entering the theatre.
*Due to the coronavirus, the performances will not include intermissions so please refrain from eating inside the theatre. Minimal hydration is permitted.

QDo you sell souvenirs at the Kabukiza Theatre ?

You can buy small gifts and lunch boxes on the 1st and 3rd levels of the Kabukiza Theatre, and at the Kobikichō Square located in the second basement beneath the Kabukiza Theatre.
*Shops on the third 3rd level are currently closed.
*To customers with Single Act Tickets: There are no souvenirs on the 4th level. Beverage vending machines are only available.
*Customers without tickets, can also buy souvenirs at the Kobikichō Square.