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Former Konpira Old Theater Kanamaruza

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Address: 1241 Otsu, Nakatado-gun, Kotohira-cho 766-0001, Kagawa Prefecture
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Fascinating, but a pity there are no shows at present

This is the oldest performing theatre in Japan. It still holds shows in April, for kabuki performances. The information provided was in English and thus it was a very interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Newcastle, Australia
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Grenoble, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

What visitors actually pay for is access to the building and its scenary, but they are not given any opportunity to view how they are used in kabuki plays. Too bad no video actually showed a kabuki play in this theater ! The Kabukiza theater and museum in Tokyo are much more informative even if not the oldest theatre in... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is the oldest performing theatre in Japan. It still holds shows in April, for kabuki performances. The information provided was in English and thus it was a very interesting and informative visit. The theatre is fascinating and has been constructed remarkably, with a lattice shaped bamboo roof, bound with twine. Ideally seeing a show there would be the ultimate... More 

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Ft. Worth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Well we visited this and found it really a perfect experience. Our guide tried and did good enough to speak our foreign language and was quite nice. This building was so old and quite nicely preserved. It is reportedly the oldest surviving Kabuki in all of Japan. They also have an english handout if needed. We loved the place and... More 

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Chiba, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Many people including Japanese know the Kabuki plays are staged in big cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto almost all year around. But the Kabuki is also performed here in Kompira Oshibai (Kompira Grand Theatre), the oldest but active kabuki theater, built in 1835 (national Important Cultural Property). I revisited Kotohira this April all the way to see the... More 

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La Mesa, CA.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a restored original (1835) kabuki theater, we were given a guided tour, a little but not much English is available. Then we had the run of the building, audience areas, back stage, under the stage, everything. This is the real thing still in use for traveling kabuki productions a real experience if one is on. I found this... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2013

If you visit the Kotohiragu Shrine, this is a must to learn Japan's traditional theatre setting. In a sense, it's a Japanese equivalent of Globe Theatre in London. The grand Kabuki theatres in Tokyo (The Kabuki-za Theatre and the National Theatre), Kyoto (The Minami-za Theatre) and other places are over-enlarged and their stages are too big to enjoy the Kabuki... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2013

Worth a visit : interesting XIX° century theater, full of memories. The guide does not speak English but is able to show the stage and some tricks.

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Kurashiki, Japan
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

A great place to watch a traditional Kabuki performance. Foreign visitors may not care for the cramped seating on tatami mats...

Thank Maneki-neko

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