京都四條 南座

Minamiza Theater

The theater, which be blends new and traditional attractions such as Kabuki.

Immersive Theater: The Scarlet Princess - Sakura Hime -

Date :
Friday, January 24th, 2020 - Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Price :
① First level area (free-moving interactive) : 7,700 JPY
Audience members will take on the role of “townsfolk,” freely making their way about the main floor area while viewing the performance, in response to events on stage.

② Second level area (seated viewing) : 5,500 JPY
③ Third level area (seated viewing) : 3,300 JPY
Audience members will take on the role of “courtiers,” viewing the events on stage from on high, and participating in deciding (i.e. voting on) the outcome of the story.

*All prices are in Japanese Yen (tax included)

Note: Attendees in the first level area will be able to move around freely and will participate actively in the performance. Attendees in the second and third level areas will be seated throughout the performance.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

About Immersive Theater

The Minamiza Theater, the oldest theater in Japan, with over 400 years’ history, presents the world's first Japanese-style immersive theater. Taking off the first level seating, the production makes use of a special theater mechanism to create a unified space from the stage and seating area, resulting in a dance performance that offers viewers a new sensory experience. 〜“I feel like I’m standing on the Minamiza stage!” “The performers are barely an arms-length away!” “I watch the production my way, and decide the ending I want!”〜 With multiple, simultaneous performances and multiple endings that can be decided by the audience, this production offers each and every viewer their own personal tale.

*General term of a new technique for staging an experiential theater production, which has been gaining prominence. In contrast to the conventional style, in which the audience watches and appreciates a story, the immersive theater has the audience experience the production by entering the story and injecting their own will into it.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

A Dance Production
Based on the Sakura Hime Motif

Two lovers swearing an oath to each other to reunite in the next life then committed a double suicide. The reincarnated Sakura Hime (i.e. Princess Sakura) still holds the memories of her past life, and seeks out the man who holds the same memories. Sakura Hime meets five men, and her heart is led astray by their five completely different charms: “ardor, innocence, sexuality, strength, and wisdom.” But which one was the one who she had sworn her love to? That is where things turn awry. At the end, who should be bound to Sakura Hime? Fate is in your hands!

The Scarlet Princess of Edo is a masterpiece of kabuki and Japanese traditional performing arts first performed in 1817. The play tells the fateful tale of a woman who dies in a double suicide, to be reborn in the next life to search out her former lover. The play is a beloved classic that transcends the ages, continuing to be staged not only in classical kabuki, but in other productions and even film adaptations. This production builds on the theme of the Sakura Hime’s samsara (the Buddhist concept of rebirth and circuitous change) in the original to tell a new story in a new setting, as part of a multi-ending interactive production.

As this version centers on dance, it does not require its audience to have an understanding of Japanese. Audience members will have the opportunity to come into contact with the traditions of classical Japanese dance, in the beautiful environs of Japan’s most historic theater, through a new form of immersive theater production. Who will fate bind Sakura Hime to? Be part of the story, and decide for yourself!

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

Cast

Chitose Junya

Chitose Junya

The Scarlet Princess

Kazuma Kawahara

Kazuma Kawahara

Onmyoji (Diviner)

Kentaro Araki

Kentaro Araki

Ronin (wandering samurai)

SEKAI

SEKAI

(EXILE / FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE)

The Gentleman Thief

Taishin Hirano

Taishin Hirano

(MAG!C☆PRINCE)

Tobi (Gallant fireman)

Toyotaka

Toyotaka

(Beat Buddy Boi)

Doctor

Hidefumi Takada

Hidefumi Takada

(DAZZLE)

Bandit

Kota Shinzato

Kota Shinzato

Leader of courtiers

Chitose Junya

Chitose Junya

The Scarlet Princess

Former female role star of the Takarazuka Revue in her first performance post-Takarazuka!

Chitose Junya is a Tokyo-born actress. In 2003, she joined the Takarazuka Revue, showed her talent as a female role in the company’s Cosmos Troupe. Renowned for her Classical Japanese dance skills and singing skills, she played the heroine in Rain that Stops a Guest From Leaving and Ace Attorney 2. She has taken on major roles including lead role performances in four productions, and the role of Princess Sophie in “Elizabeth”, setting herself apart as a top performer in the Cosmos Troupe.
In July 2019, Junya left the Revue with a heavy heart to appear in Oceans 11.
Junya also had a love of Classical Japanese dance from a young age, becoming an accredited master of the Nishikawa school in 2003 and adopting the name Nishikawa Koisei. In 2008, she became an instructor of the Nishikawa school.

Kazuma Kawahara

Kazuma Kawahara

Onmyoji (Diviner)

Prolific actor appearing in a number of films and stage productions! Also a high-level tap dancer!

Kazuma Kawahara was born on December 26, 1990 in Shizuoka.
He is a prolific performer across film and theater, with a bright, clean-cut look. His major roles have included the TV production of Hatsukoi Geinin, Ms. Sadistic Detective, and Inpei Sosa. He has also appeared in several stage productions including Musical: The Prince of Tennis, Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!!, MANGA Performance W3 (in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Osamu Tezuka), Musical: Yves Saint Laurent, ALTAR BOYZ 2019, Kenran toka Ranman toka, and In This House: Last Night, The First Morning.
Besides acting, he is also active as a DJ as part of the musical unit Carpe Diem. For this production he will exhibit his tap-dancing skills on the flattened stage, making use of his sense of rhythm, to play the role of an Onmyoji (Diviner) for the first time.

Kentaro Araki

Kentaro Araki

Ronin (wandering samurai)

Master sword fight performer! Star of the major hit production, Musical: Touken Ranbu!

Kentaro Araki was born on August 25, 1982, in Kumamoto.
In 2015 Kentaro was selected for the lead role of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in a trial performance of the runaway hit production, Musical: Touken Ranbu. Over the following four years, he reprised the role, including in performances in Paris, France, leading critics to praise him as “the only conceivable choice for the role of Yoshitsune”. Highly admired for his acting skills and the dynamic, beautiful sword fight skills, Musical: Touken Ranbu has become his representative work.
In addition, he has been a regular leading performer in numerous hit stage series including Rusted Armors, Messiah, and Musical: Hoshin Engi (Soul Hunter).

SEKAI

SEKAI (EXILE / FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE)

The Gentleman Thief

Winner of the Hip Hop section of Step Ya Game Up 2012 in New York!

SEKAI was born on February 21, 1991 in Kanagawa.
From 2001 to 2003, he performed the role of Simba in the Shiki Theatre Company’s production of The Lion King. On April 27, 2014, he was selected as a new performer in the group EXILE at the final of the EXILE PERFORMER BATTLE AUDITION, held at the Nippon Budokan. In 2015, he appeared in the reborn EXILE’s EXILE LIVE TOUR 2015 “AMAZING WORLD”. In December 2018, he made his major debut as the lead member of FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE with the song, “OVER DRIVE”, and in just over 11 months launched a solo hall tour. He was named one of the Best 5 New Artists (Japanese Music Section) at the Japan Gold Disc Awards 2019.

Taishin Hirano

Taishin Hirano (MAG!C☆PRINCE)

Tobi (Gallant fireman)

A world record holder with unbelievable physical attributes!

Taishin Hirano was born on February 15, 1995, in Aichi.
With Taishin serving as the leader of MAG!C☆PRINCE, the group’s 7th single, “Summer Love,” reached number one on the Oricon Single’s Chart. Taishin is a regular on numerous television and radio shows and has appeared in a number of TV commercials. He was a member of the winning male rhythmic gymnastics team of the Inter-High School Championships. Taishin fascinates the audience with his delicate yet powerful expressions.
Taishin also broke the world record in “Monster Box jump” (at 23-levels) on the TBS television program, Male Sports Grand Prix.

Toyotaka

Toyotaka (Beat Buddy Boi)

Doctor

Winner of the Best Performance Award in UK!

Toyotaka was born on November 5, 1987, in Osaka.
As a member of the hip-hop creative group, Beat Buddy Boi, he became the world number one in street dancing. In addition to his recent success as a “human beatboxer”, he has also been active in the underground scene together with EXILE’s SEKAI as a member of the dance team, FTHEB. He is also active both in Japan and internationally as a member of the group, BREAK FREE, led by Go Ueki.

Hidefumi Takada

Hidefumi Takada (DAZZLE)

Bandit

Japan’s most experienced immersive theater dancer demonstrates his spirit!

Hidefumi was born September 15, 1982, in Saitama.
Hidefumi began practicing dance independently after graduating from high school, then joined the avex artist academy. While taking part in numerous shows and contests and studying a wide variety of dance styles, he came into contact with the dance company DAZZLE, which he joined in 2013.
Hidefumi has developed a unique dance style that combines street dance with elements of contemporary dance and theatrical expressions, which led him to become a dominant presence within DAZZLE’s oeuvre.
Takada has also been working as a live dancer for the voice actor Mamoru Miyano and appears in various promotional videos as a member of “Team Mamo.”

Kota Shinzato

Kota Shinzato

Leader of courtiers

An accomplished singer with a powerful voice!

Kota Shinzato was born on September 9, 1995, in Tokyo.
In 2011, Kota was a finalist at the 24th Junon Superboy Contest. Because of his latent ability found in his performance of “Olivia wo Kikinagara” during the contest, dozens of production and recording companies approached and offered him contracts.
His major debut song “HANDS UP!” was selected as the theme song for the Fuji Television anime, One Piece. He won the New Artist Award at the 46th Japan Cable Awards, and the Best New Artist Award at the 55th Japan Record Awards.
Besides his work as a musician, he is also active as an actor.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

Schedule

The Scarlet Princess - Sakura Hime -

Duration : approx. 70 minutes (no intermission)

Friday, January 24th, 2020 - Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

  Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
            24 25
1           13:30
2           16:00
3           19:30 19:30
  26 27 28 29 30 31 1
1 13:30 13:30 13:30 13:30
2 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00 16:00
3 18:30 19:30 19:30 19:30
  2 3 4        
1 13:30 13:30 13:30        
2 16:00 16:00 16:00        
3 18:30        

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

Price

Program

The Scarlet Princess - Sakura Hime -

① First level area (free-moving interactive) : 7,700 JPY

Audience members will take on the role of “townsfolk,” freely making their way about the main floor area while viewing the performance, in response to events on stage.

② Second level area (seated viewing) : 5,500 JPY
③ Third level area (seated viewing) : 3,300 JPY

Audience members will take on the role of “courtiers,” viewing the events on stage from on high, and participating in deciding (i.e. voting on) the outcome of the story.

*All prices are in Japanese Yen (tax included)

Note: Attendees in the first level area will be able to move around freely and will participate actively in the performance. Attendees in the second and third level areas will be seated throughout the performance.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

FAQ

Q: What time is the performance scheduled to conclude?
Each performance is scheduled to run for roughly 70 minutes, but this may be shorter or longer depending on circumstances.
Q: Will there be somewhere to leave my belongings?
The cloakroom on the right-hand side of the first floor accept hand luggage (500 JPY per person, cash only).
Q: Are you able to reissue or refund my ticket?
We are unable to reissue or refund tickets at the behest of customers, including in cases of lost or stolen tickets. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.
Q: Is there a possibility of the performance being canceled?
The performance may be canceled due to unavoidable circumstances, such as natural disasters. In event of such an incident, please contact the theater for information about transferring or refunding tickets. The theater is unable to offer compensation for transportation costs, travel costs, or cancellation fees in the event of a canceled performance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.

Access

Main Access

  • Bus :
    Get off at [Shijo-Kawahara] Stop
  • Hankyu Railway :
    3 minutes walk from [Kawaharacho] Station, Exit 1
  • Keihan Railway :
    One-minute walk from [Gion Shijo] Station, Exit 6
  • Taxi :
    15 minutes from Kyoto Station

Address

605-0075 Higashizume, Shijo-Ohashi, Kyoto
TEL: 075-561-1155

History of Minamiza Theater

Minamiza is the theater that holds the longest history in Japan. Where kabuki origins here at Shijo-Kawahara, Kyoto, 1603. Minamiza Theater began at this prosper place. Kabuki performance that over 400 years often take place at Minamiza. In 1991, the chairman of Shochiku Co. Takeomi Nagayama decided to renew the interior and facilities of Minamiza Theather, but at the same time keep its old appearance that suits Kyoto. The reform was accomplished in November of the year.

Minamiza has been recognized as the Designated Cultural Property of Japan, as well as [Historic Designed Building]. To improve the earthquake-resistant of the building, it has been closed in 2016 for the construction. And re-open in autumn, 2018.

Minamiza Theater located at Kyoto, the so-called international culture city of Japan. As the theater that has the longest history, Minamiza will continue to pass on the [traditional art], and at the same time, combine with the modern entertainment. Spread the culture all over the world through the newly born Minamiza.

Theater Policies

  • Posting spoilers about this production is forbidden. Please be mindful of posting such content when posting about the production on social media.
  • Violent conduct, or conduct that disturbs performers or other audience members is strictly forbidden. In the event of such behavior, the offending audience member may be ejected from the theater.
  • For safety reasons, please obey any and all directions issued by attendants.
  • Some parts of the theater may have unsure footing.

*Tickets for performances marked "Sold Out" may still be available direct from the Minamiza Theater. Please inquire by phone or at the box office for information about availability.

Please Note When Purchasing Your Tickets

  • Children over the age of 4 must purchase tickets to enter.
  • Although this play is primarily dance and does not require its audience to have a deep understanding of Japanese language, a synopsis will be available in English and Traditional Chinese upon request.
  • All audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area (free-moving interactive) will be required to put on costumes (over your own clothes). We appreciate your cooperation in attending the lobby on the right-hand side of the first level, where you will deposit your coat and outerwear, and take a costume (this must be returned after the performance) prior to entering. Additionally, any bags or other items that would interfere with your ability to move around freely should be deposited (500 JPY per person, cash only) at the cloakroom at the entrance to the theater.
  • The schedule shows the start time of each stage. The entry after the performance starts will not be permitted. Please make sure to arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time. Especially for audience members who have purchased tickets to the first level area, you will have to deposit your belongings at the cloakroom and put on costumes (over your own clothes). Please arrive at the venue with time to spare in advance of the start time.
  • Audience members in the first floor area (free-moving interactive) will be asked to move around throughout the 70 minutes of the performance, and as such are advised to wear suitable, comfortable footwear.
  • We request that wheelchair users please contact the theater in advance of the performance.
  • Performers may touch members of the audience as part of the performance. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. For safety concerns, even if a performer enters in close proximity, please do not touch the performers.
  • Commercial resale of tickets is strictly prohibited.
  • The theater is not responsible in the event of theft, loss, or damage of valuables, nor in the event of accident, injury, sickness, or any conflict between audience members.
  • In the event of the cancellation of a performance for any reason, the theater shall not provide compensation for any costs, other than the cost of admission to the performance.