Kyoto Kanze Noh Theater

Kyoto Kanzekaikan

Location and History

The Kyoto Kanzekaikan is located in Okazaki, a center for culture and the arts within the city of Kyoto. It is located near other famous sites such as Heian Shrine, the National Museum of Modern Art, the ROHM Theatre Kyoto, the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Miyako Messe, the Kyoto City Zoo, and the Kyoto City International House. It is a lovely area with water flowing from the Shirakawa River and Lake Biwa and scenic views that change with each passing season. The cherry blossoms in spring and the red and yellow leaves of autumn are particularly beautiful. Visitors planning to come to the Kyoto Kanzekaikan should by all means take time to enjoy the scenery in Okazaki Park.

The Kyoto Kanzekaikan Noh stage was previously located in the Kawaramachi Marutamachi area before the second world war, but sadly, it met the unfortunate fate of being closed down just before the end of the war on April 15, 1945. However, our predecessors had a strong desire to perform Noh on their own Noh stage, and, with the efforts of a great many people who shared in this understanding, were able to build the Kyoto Kanzekaikan on its current location on March 25, 1958. We also owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the many theatergoers and other guests who have supported us from the early days until 2018, when the Kyoto Kanzekaikan celebrated its 60th Anniversary, and beyond.

The Kyoto Kanzekaikan Noh stage is made entirely of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, and the old pine tree on the kagami-ita (scene panel) is by Japanese painter and Kyoto native Domoto Insho. Domoto’s style of painting, considered fresh and modern at the time it was made, makes ample use of gold and verdigris and has aged quite well with the stage over the passage of sixty years. It has created an exciting new appeal in the present day.

This hall serves as a base for shite-kata (performers who play the main roles in Noh plays) who follow the Kanze-ryu Noh style that is based in Kyoto. It has hosted a number of events such as independent performances by Noh performers, including regular performances by Kyoto Kanzekaikan members, as well as seasonal Noh performances by each Noh family, individual performances, Kyogen performance groups, and rehearsals.

All of the performances listed on this site are open to the general public, so please feel free to come and watch.

The Facilities

There is a total of 337 seats on the first floor, with 153 center seats, 99 side seats, and 85 corner seats. There is also a barrier-free area.

Note: Please refrain from eating and drinking in the seating area.

There are 115 seats on the second floor.

Note: Please refrain from eating and drinking in the seating area.

Visitors can find the reception counter (for performances), a Hinoko Shoten bookstore stand, a Hirobeshoji Noh costume store stand, vending machines, chairs, tables, a television monitor that shows the stage during lives performances, and restrooms in the first-floor lobby. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the hall. Visitors who wish to smoke should use the designated smoking area set up outside the main entrance.

Visitors with tickets, online reservations, and telephone reservations should come to the reception counter. It is on the right just after entering the main entrance.

Hinoki Shoten Ltd, publisher and bookstore specializing in books related to Noh and Kyogen, was established in 1659.

In addition to publishing vocal scores of the Kanze and Kongoh Schools of Noh, Hinoki Shoten offers a wide selection of books introducing the traditional arts of Noh and Kyogen from various perspectives.

HINOKI Books Tokyo head office

03-3291-2488 ※Mon-Fri 10:00~16:00
03-3295-3554 ※24 hours
Web site

Coin lockers and pay phones are located on the staircase landing in front of the restrooms in the first-floor lobby.

The Gojo Café is located in the second-floor lobby (open during performances). Visitors can also enjoy tea available in the lounge area on the second floor, so please enjoy any snacks you may have brought with you here.

Restrooms are also located in the second-floor lobby.

The Gojo Café is open during performances and serves coffee, tea, and light meals. There is also a television monitor that shows the stage during live performances.

Visitors can view Noh costumes and stage props in the second-floor lobby showcase during regular Kyoto Kanzekai performances and Kyoto Kanze Noh performances.

Traffic access

  • From JR Kyoto Station

    Get off at "Okazaki Park Art Museum / Heian Jingumae" at Kyoto city bus Number5, 100

    Transfer to Tozai line at Subway Karasuma Line "Karasuma Oike"(K08, T13) and get off at "Higashiyama"(T10)

  • From Hankyu Kyoto Kawaramachi Station

    Get off at "Higashiyama Niomon" at Kyoto city bus Number31, 46, 201, 203

  • From Keihan Sanjo Station

    Get off at "Okazaki Park Art Museum / Heian Jingumae" at Kyoto city bus Number5

    Get off at "Higashiyama"(T10) by Subway Tozai Line

  • From JR Nijo Station

    Get off at "Higashiyama"(T10) by Subway Tozai Line

  • From the direction of Yamashina and Daigo

    Get off at "Higashiyama"(T10) by Subway Tozai Line

  • From Subway Tozai Line "Higashiyama Station"(T10)

    About 5 minutes on foot from Exit 1.

There is a chargeable parking lot on the east side of the Kyoto Kanze Nohplay Theater, but there are times when you crowd in nearby events etc.