Kyoto's famed Minamiza Theater opened its stage to tours on the 16th of March. It is the main kabuki theater in Kyoto.
The tour allows visitors to get a close up look of the "hanamichi"- the part of the stage that comes out into the audience - and other parts of the theater usually off-limits to all but the actors and stage hands.
Minamiza staff lead the tours. They explain the history of the theater, which was founded in 1610. The current building was completed in 1929 and seats 1,086.
The tour is open until April 16 and is held nine days a day (except Thursdays).
The theater is in Gion just across the Kamo River from central Kyoto.
East side, Shijo-ohashi-bridge, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Telephone: 075 561 1155
Fee: 1000 yen
Morning: 10:30, 11:00, 11:30
Afternoon: 13:00, 13:30, 14:00
Evening: 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
Closed: March 21, 28; April 4, 11
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