As the premier jazz venue in Tokyo, the Blue Note is the place to hear some of the world's greatest jazz musicians. Tied in with other clubs in such cities as New York and Milan, Blue Note is able to attract such names as Natalie Cole, Oscar Peterson and Taj Mahal. Arrive early for dinner and enjoy a wide ranging menu offering everything from steaks to seafood. A rustic, elegant setting provides the perfect vibe to enjoy dinner and music and is a must-visit for jazz lovers while in Tokyo.
Visitors to the National Noh Theater can see traditional kyogen as well as noh dramas. There are performances about 16 days out of the month, and the repertoire changes about four or five times. Because the singing of these esoteric art forms can be difficult to understand (even for those who speak Japanese fluently) theater-goers are provided with a one-page explanation of the story in English. To really appreciate Noh, it is advisable to read a little about it before going. The theater itself has a seating capacity of 591, and there is a restaurant that seats 104 and serves light refreshments at reasonable prices on-site. The theater is closed on Mondays.
Kabuki-za, the main kabuki theater in Tokyo since 1889, usually features two daily performances each consisting of three or four plays, and the repertoire is changed monthly. For 650 Yen, non-Japanese-speaking visitors can hire earphones that give an explanation in English. The visitor who does not have time for an entire performance can buy a ticket for the 4th floor to watch part of the show, but earphones are not available. Five restaurants provide a wide range of Japanese food and refreshments for visitors.
One of the top venues in the city for high-profile performances and events, Billboard Live in Tokyo Midtown is exciting as it is unique. With a glass backdrop that faces Hinokicho Park, the audience can enjoy the awe-inspiring cityscape until the show begins. Billboard Live is designed in a contemporary format, with the main auditorium featuring diverse seating options - while the lower and middle half constitutes of table and sofa seating, the upper level has a standing area. In the past, Billboard Live has enthralled audiences with concerts by Keith Emerson, Maxi Priest and ABC.
This cinema complex is definitely worth a visit if you are into state-of-the-art cinema technology coupled with the very latest in cinema comfort. Virgin took the concept of "first class" from the airline industry and produced the "premier screen". Each row has just two seats, each with a tray for drinks and snacks, to ensure that you experience luxury on par with the first class section of an international flight. Seats in all nine of the theaters can be booked in advance, so there is no need to queue for tickets.
This beautiful Noh Theater, has a stage that is over 120 years old, making the Yokohama Noh Theater almost as old as the city of Yokohama itself. It is the perfect setting for Noh, the traditional form of Japanese theater that combines drama with dance. The theater has seating for 481, and performances take place throughout the year. But be warned, the performances at this theater are extremely popular and are frequently sold out; advanced booking is necessary if you want to be sure of getting a seat. It is also possible to have a free guided tour of the theater (in Japanese) if you call in advance.
A cultural hot-spot located in Kyobashi, the National Film Archive of Japan pays tribute to the Japanese film industry. The center is the nation's exclusive authority on all cinema-related archives, with nearly 40,000 national and international films held in its collection. Interested visitors can browse through their permanent exhibits that include books, periodicals, posters, among several other paraphernalia. There are also special film screenings held at their in-house cinemas, featuring vintage movies, attracting a a large crowd of movie buffs. There is also a library of film books, and other film-related memorabilia on the premises.
One of the 23 wards of the city, Chūō-ku has always held a prominent position, commercially and administratively. The ward's central location in the heart of the city, earns it popularity with regards to tourism as well. Within Chūō-ku you will find Ginza, a famous district of the ward, which is home to several known fashion destinations. Being the commercial center of the city, this ward is also home to many of the country's premier financial institutions, including famous names like Richoh, who have headquarters here. The ward is also the venue for the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival. Call to know more.