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Best Theaters in Tokyo

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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.

The National Theater is the oldest and best theater for traditional Japanese dance. There are two theaters: one with a seating capacity of 1654 in which kabuki is staged for about eight months of the year, and the other with a capacity of 594 in which Bunraku, an elaborate form of a puppet show, is performed. Earphone guides and an explanation of the story are available. A restaurant on-site serves Japanese food as well as alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Ticket prices vary according to performance.

The New National Theater, a strikingly modern house of culture and performance, consists of the Opera House, the Playhouse and the Pit. The Opera House features ballet and opera and has a capacity of 1810. The Playhouse, with a capacity of about 1000, stages drama, modern dance, small operas, ballets and musicals. The Pit, which seats 400 to 450, features a movable floor that can be used both as a stage and audience seating, and stages diverse contemporary productions such as experimental theater and modern dance. There is a full-service restaurant and buffet on-site for grabbing a bite before a performance.

The New National Theatre, Tokyo is the first national center for performing arts in the country. The center comprises three different theatres, The Pit being one of them. With state-of-the-art design, the theater is built with adjustable floors that can be used for the performances or for seating. Seating varies from 340 to a maximum capacity of 468.

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