Osaka Shinkabukiza Theater 新歌舞伎座
Kimono-clad singers pour their hearts out
Experience modern and traditional Japanese stage entertainment. Located in Tennoji's northern Uehonmachi neighborhood, the Shinkabukiza Theater Osaka showcases popular enka singers from the mid-20th century.
How to Get There
From Osaka/Umeda Station, walk five minutes to the neighboring Tanimachi subway line at Higashi-Umeda Station. Ride the southbound train five stops to Tanimachi 9-chome Station, then walk five minutes east up the hill. Shinkabukiza is on the sixth floor of the Yufura shopping complex.
The Sennichimae Subway Line and Kintetsu Line also stop directly adjacent to the theater, at Uehonmachi Station.
Discovering the raw emotion of enka
Enka is a genre of Japanese folk music that became popular in the postwar period that melds traditional Japanese melodies with western ballad structures. Though you may not be able to understand the lyrics, typical topics center around universal themes such as broken hearts, growing up, and seasonal nostalgia.
Planning your trip
This is a night performance, so consider eating afterward at one of the many surrounding restaurants and izakaya in the Uehonmachi neighborhood.