<It is currently closed>
East side, Shijō-ōhashi-bridge, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
City Bus to "Shijo Kawaramachi"
Hankyu Railways : Kawaramachi Station exit 1, 3 min walk
Keihan Railway : Gion -shijō Station exit 6, 1 min walk
JR Kyoto Station : Approx 15 min by Taxi
History of Minamiza Theatre
In the Genna era (1615-1624), the 'Kyōto Shoshidai' (the local governor of Kyoto) gave permission for seven theatres to operate to the east of the Kamo River. Of these seven theatres, the Minamiza Theatre is the sole remaining theatre today to pass on its proud history and tradition.
In 1906, the theatre came under the management of Shochiku General Partnership Company run by Shirai Matsujirō and Ōtani Takejirō. After some restructuring in 1913, the theatre was remodeled in 1929 as a gabled building in the Momoyama style. Various kinds of performances have been staged there ever since, and the 'Kichirei Kaomise performances', a kabuki production held every year even during the war, is now known as an annual event in Kyoto.
The Minamiza Theatre was designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 and was even registered as a Structure of Historical Design in Kyoto shortly after.
The theatre has been closed since 2016 so that it could be made safe against the threat of earthquakes, but it has now been announced that its reopening will take place in November this year. The first performance will be the 'Kichirei Kaomise Performance'.
While retaining the former theatre's traditional beauty, the new Minamiza Theatre will be fitted with the latest stage technology, enabling a wide variety of spectacular effects to be realized. It will stage a wide range of productions throughout the year, from 'traditional Japanese performing arts' to 'the newest live entertainments'. Please look forward to the rebirth of the Minamiza Theatre.