Right next to the hallowed National Theatre, the Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre is a small museum that displays the props and elaborate costumes used in kabuki and other traditional Japanese stage arts. There are also historical documents and digital exhibits with images and sounds of performances.
The Centre has about 230,000 books on performing arts, 5,000 of which you can view
There are exhibitions featuring costumes and props from classic plays
The museum is accessible by train or taxi.
The Centre is behind the National Theatre, a five-minute walk from Hanzomon Station on the Hanzomon Line or a 10-minute walk from Nagatacho Station on the Yurakucho, Hanzomon and Namboku lines.
Get to know more about the culture of bunraku puppet theater, noh and kabuki in the Information Exhibition Room, where you can see the actual costumes and props up close. There's a guided tour after the "What Is Kabuki?" presentation over coffee or tea.
There are also displays of dogucho, kabuki manuscripts and nishiki-e woodcut prints of actors. Dive into the rhythm and sounds of these ancient art forms through digital exhibits and recordings.