The National Noh Theatre offers unforgettable performances of Noh and its lighter counterpart Kyogen in a stunning setting in Tokyo's Sendagaya area not far from Harajuku.
You can reach the venue by train and then on foot.
The theater is a five-minute walk from Sendagaya Station on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines, a five-minute walk Kokuritsu-Kyogijo Station on the Oedo subway line, and a seven-minute walk from Kita-Sando Station on the Fukutoshin subway line.
Opened in 1983, the auditorium seats 591 for performances of Noh and Kyogen. The facilities also include a rehearsal stage, an exhibition area and a lecture room.
Noh is a well-respected Japanese form of art and entertainment in which actors perform under rather restrictive, though carefully crafted traditional masks.
Offsetting the stylized and formal Noh performances are the comic interludes of Kyogen, full of humorous characters, misunderstandings and interactions.
The actors' understated movements and muffled voices create a fascinating and enigmatic atmosphere, all while telling fascinating stories of Japan's rich folk history. Kyogen offers a lighter, more accessible picture of life in ages past.
You can watch regular Noh and Kyogen performances here and explore the space throughout the week with the exception of Mondays. If a Monday falls on a public holiday, however, the National Noh Theatre will remain open and close the following Tuesday.