Guide - Experience - Noh Theatre

Noh Theatre

The oldest form of Japanese theatre, designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Opening Hours 10am - 6pm; closed on Saturday, Sunday and Holiday)

Noh is a classic form of theatre involving music, dance and drama. Unlike Kabuki, Noh’s performers wear masks instead of make-up and it is very calculated and subtle. Being the oldest form of theatre in Japan, it is rather well preserved and has not been modified much in the past 600 years. There are a total of about 250 Noh plays, nearly all of which were created before 17th century. The major themes of the plays are the myths of Shinto gods, tragic romance stories and tales of the war time heroes. The actors’ performances are accompanied by the chanting and playing of the drums and flute by musicians. The show is performed in Japanese, and English audio guide is provided.

Transport Sendagaya Station (5-minute walk) or Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station, Exit A4 (5-minute walk) or Kitasando Station Exit 1 (7-minute walk)
+81 3 3423 1331
National Noh Theatre, 4-18-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051

1. Watch tradition merge with modernity with this classical roofed stage housed within a contemporary theatre.

2. The three entrances for easy access are proof of the theatre’s popularity among locals and tourists.

3. The greenery and traditional designs of the National Noh Theatre disguises the acoustic technology concealed within.

4. The theatre has installed screens in front of each seat to ensure everyone in the audience can enjoy the show to the fullest.

5. Within the tranquil environment is a performance of Japan’s oldest theatre still in practice today.

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