The National Noh Theatre, located just a five minute walk from Setagaya Station, is the perfect place to watch one of traditional Japan's oldest performance arts. Noh, recognized as an Intangible Cultural Property by UNESCO, is an ancient musical drama characterized by the use of intricate masks and gestures in the telling of traditional stories. The theater, run by the Japan Arts Council, boasts a 400-year-old cypress stage, and hosts performances throughout the year. Enjoy a show with English subtitles, available at your seat with the press of a button.
You can easily spend the better part of a day watching a full program, consisting of two Noh performances, with a kyogen (comedic Noh) interspersed between. If scarce on time, you can catch a short performance on certain days. Either way, you're sure to be dazzled by the remarkable skill and artistry of the performers, and drawn in by the traditional craftsmanship of the theater itself. You can pick up tickets online through the National Theatre Ticket Center, reserve tickets by phone, or buy them at the theater on days with performances.
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Ticket prices vary by performance