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One of the oldest kabuki theatres in the Kansai region that is still in use today. Visitors tour is available.

Izushi Kabuki Theatre
Built in 1901, this is the oldest Kabuki theatre in the Kansai region. It is the oldest Kabuki theater building in Japan that is still standing in the same place it was built.
After being closed in 1964, this Kabuki theatre was restored and reopened to the public in 2008. Various performances such as grand Kabuki, Kyogen, and Rakugo are performed even today since its restoration.
With its reopening, tours began letting visitors see up close the features of the Kabuki theatre. Visitors are taken behind the scenes on a guided tour, where they can see the main runway, the original production signs, below the stage and into the dressing rooms.
This Eirakukan Kabuki theatre is still in use today、with performers of Rakugo (storyteller performances), Kabuki and others taking to the stage every year in this impressive Kabuki theatre.
(Pictured Above: Promotional paintings of current Kabuki actors are displayed above the entrance in November. Eirakukan holds annual Kabuki performances only during the month of November.)
POINT OF INTEREST
Stepping into the Eirakukan Kabuki theatre feels like slipping back 100 years in time. 
Visitors are able to stand on the Kabuki stage and take photos. Standing on the Kabuki stage will make you feel as if you are one of the many famous performers that have performed here.
Take a tour of the behind the scenes and discover the interesting stage tricks of the world of Kabuki theatre.
Stage
Stage
This is the main area of Eirakukan. Look out from the stage out onto the house seating for an exhilarating view. Side stage is named Hana-michi (flower road). Hana-michi was named after the Kabuki actors who looked beautiful like a flower in their exquise Kabuki clothes.
Name plates of Kabuki actors
Name plates of Kabuki actors
The names of featured Kabuki actors are written on these wooden plates. They compliment the theatre's old-fashioned style.
Paper lanterns
Paper lanterns
A nostalgic light shines from behind the logo mark of the Kabuki theatre's lanterns.
Kabuki drawings
Kabuki drawings
The synopsis of Kabuki plays were illustrated in these drawings, today posters are used instead.
These can be displayed above the main entrance during November.
Above the Mawari-butai
Above the Mawari-butai
View of what the revolving platform on the Kabuki stage looks like from the top. This is used to change the plays set.
Below the Mawari-Butai
Below the Mawari-Butai

In order lo be able to change Kabuki scene quickly, the stage can bece rotated manually from below with a contraption that reaches 6,6m in diameter. Incidentally, the Japanese for underneath the Kabuki stags Is “Naraku” , which can also mean “Hell” in Japanese.

Hanamichi
Hanamichi
Literally translated to "flower path". This is a walkway that projects out through the audience from the back of the Kabuki theatre to the stage. The hanamichi is used the Kabuki actors to make dramatic entrances and exits.
Yudono
Yudono
An old bath found in the Kabuki theatre. An iron bath is heated by a fire below. Kabuki actors would use this place to wash off their make-up and take a bath, In the corner of the room, the pump used for wafer still remains. 
Izushi tours from Kinosaki Onsen
Eirakukan, the Kabuki theatre is located at Izushi area, which is about 30 minutes by bus.
SOZORO, tourist information center at Kinosaki onsen prepare Izushi tours for travelers.
Book 'Izushi Snack and Stroll Course' tour now from following page. (New window will open at SOZORO website)

Izushi Snack and Stroll Course
INFORMATION
17-2 Yanagi, Izushi-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture 668-0234
To get to Izushi take a city bus bound for Izushi from Toyooka JR train station(about 30 minutes)
(Kinosaki to Toyooka by train takes about 10 minutes)
0796-52-5300(Japanese Only) www.izushi-tmo.com(Japanese Only)
Open 9:30am to 5:00pm (doors close at 4:30pm).
Closed every Thursday and December 31 to January 1.
Tours: Adults 300 yen, students 200yen(group 160yen/person), children (under 12) free
See home page for performance schedules and ticket prices.
17-2 Yanagi, Izushi-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture 668-0234
To get to Izushi take a city bus bound for Izushi from Toyooka JR train station(about 30 minutes)
(Kinosaki to Toyooka by train takes about 10 minutes)
0796-52-5300(Japanese Only)
www.izushi-tmo.com(Japanese Only)
Open 9:30am to 5:00pm (doors close at 4:30pm).
Closed every Thursday and December 31 to January 1.
Tours: Adults 300 yen, students 200yen(group 160yen/person), children (under 12) free
See home page for performance schedules and ticket prices.
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