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Nishinomiya Noh (Nogaku) Theatre

Noh is the oldest theatrical performance in the world with a history of over 700 years.

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Noh (Nogaku)

Composed of "Noh" and "Kyōgen", "Nōgaku" is one of Japan's representative traditional performing arts. Passed down from generation to generation for over 700 years, starting from the samurai society of the Muromachi period, it is said to be the oldest existing theatrical performance in the world. It has greatly influenced other theatrical performances such as Bunraku, Kabuki, Opera, and even modern theatre plays. In 2008, it was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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  • The trial program on the Japanese Cypress stage is a valuable experience.

    The trial program on the Japanese Cypress stage is a valuable experience.

  • Upon entering the Noh theater you must change to white tabi, an imperative part of Noh tradition.

    Upon entering the Noh theater you must change to white tabi, an imperative part of Noh tradition.

  • A demonstration of "Suriashi" from master Umewaka. You can see his toes are not arched.

    A demonstration of "Suriashi" from master Umewaka. You can see his toes are not arched.

  • It is important to calmly sharpen your senses, and walk slowly without hurry.

    It is important to calmly sharpen your senses, and walk slowly without hurry.

  • When taking a Noh mask, it is mannerly to hold them by the holes where the strings go through. It is important to be careful to never touch the face.

    When taking a Noh mask, it is mannerly to hold them by the holes where the strings go through. It is important to be careful to never touch the face.

  • Experience "Suriashi" with the Noh mask on. With limited visibility, it's difficult to even walk straight.

    Experience "Suriashi" with the Noh mask on. With limited visibility, it's difficult to even walk straight.

  • An exciting performance just like in an actual play from the Hayashi-kata.

    An exciting performance just like in an actual play from the Hayashi-kata.

  • The Hayashi-kata give detailed explanations of each instrument.

    The Hayashi-kata give detailed explanations of each instrument.

  • Break time with local Nishinomiya Sake, while listening to explanations from staff.

    Break time with local Nishinomiya Sake, while listening to explanations from staff.

  • Trying on the costumes is a valuable experience you can't get from a regular viewing.

    Trying on the costumes is a valuable experience you can't get from a regular viewing.

  • Watch a part of the play "Hagoromo", played in the same way as an actual main performance.

    Watch a part of the play "Hagoromo", played in the same way as an actual main performance.

Reviews

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  • LaurierTiernan

    I really enjoyed the hands-on experience with the masks and drums, being told to go slowly, and being told not to touch the face of the masks; in order to preserve them.

  • Daphne

    It was great to experience every part of Noh before seeing it on the stage. It made it easier to appreciate it.

  • Jeff

    A strange yet entertaining show, really need to use your imagination. Delight for the senses, the music, sights and smell. It was nice to be invited into the sacred stage space to learn how to wear and walk with the masks. The Sake at the break was also beautifully presented.

  • Martin Collado Francisco Javier

    Play the differents instruments

  • Sebastien

    Music performance and explanations about the instruments.

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Experience information

Name of facility
Nishinomiya Noh Theatre
Name of experience
Experience the oldest theatrical performance in the world Noh with your five senses.
Address
3-6-20 Naruo-cho, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo 663-8184
Business Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed
No scheduled holidays
Budget
starting from 25,000 Yen per person (Minimum number of visitors for the program to be held: 3. Price might change according to the content of the program.)
Payment methods
Cash only
Number of guests accepted (groups)
From 1 person
Telephone number
0798-48-5570
Foreign language support
English
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)