Japan Travel Guide - Let's go to Japan!
HOME > Kyoto Prefecture > Minamiza theater

Minamiza theater

Minamiza theaterMap of GionMinamiza is an old theater in Kyoto and is located at the south side of Shijo Street and near Kamo River.
The eastern district of the theater is Gion.

Originally it is a Kabuki theater, and the Kabuki performances held from last day in November to late December is a signature early winter event of Kyoto.
The performences are called "Kaomise" ("Showing all faces", in English), and all actors of a troupe appear on the stage.
And the names of all actors are written on the wooden boards individually, and all of them are displayed above the front gate.
(It is called "Maneki". The meaning is "inviting guests".)

During the other season, various dramas or comedies are held.

In 1603, Izumo-no-Okuni performed a drama in Kyoto.
She was a female attendant of Izumo Shrine, and had been traveling around Japan to raise money for the shrine.
Her performance gained much popularity, and it became Kabuki later.

After that, seven theaters for Kabuki were built around current Shijo Street around 1620.
One of them has been Minamiza. "Minamiza" means "South Theater". Because this theater is on the south side of Shijo Street.

By the late 19th century, six theaters of them had been discontinued.
Then only Minamiza has been using, even now.
The current building was rebuilt in 1929, and has been completely remodeled without changing the appearance in 1991.

How to get to here

By subway

  1. From Kyoto station, about 4 minutes to Shijo station, by Karasuma Line of subway.
  2. From Shijo station, about 2 minutes to Kawaramachi terminal, by Hankyu Line. (The next station of Shijo)
  3. About 3 minutes walk from there.

Minamiza theater
Maneki of Minamiza

Copyright © travel-around-japan.com. All Rights Reserved.
Sponsored Links

Popular spots in and near Kyoto Prefecture

Yasaka Shrine
Nishiki Market
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Nijo Castle
Shimogamo Shrine
Moss temple

Hozu Gorge