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Elegant Ghosts of Japan - Discover Noh in Kyoto

A Noh theatre experience at a winter temple in Kyoto & pre-performance walking tour

Insights into Japanese culture through the depictions of ghosts in Noh plays

Noh plays portray a world where the boundaries of past, present, and future blur. In this singular environment, the ghosts of courtiers and warriors, natural elements and demons appear and share nostalgic memories of their attachments and seek for solace. In this performance spirits and ghosts of the Noh repertory will manifest themselves through chant, dance, and music. Come share this unique chance to experience Noh theater in the intimate context of a Buddhist temple.

Pre-performance tour

2-hour walking tour exploring Kyoto. Starting with a visit to a hill-top shrine on Funaoka-yama, followed by a walk through the narrow streets of the Nishijin textile district to a Noh costume weaver’s studio where you will have a look at sumptuous Noh costume brocades, offering some background information about Noh and Japanese aesthetics before arriving at the venue for the performance. The tour will be conducted by a Kyoto Visitor’s Host certified guide.

Date & Time

February 28th (Fri), 2020
Walking Tour 14:00- Performance 17:00- 18:00 (Doors Open 16:15)


Walking Tour starting point: City Bus 'Funaokayama' (west-bound stop) (aprox. 10min from Subway Karasuma-line Kitaōji Station)

Myōrenji Temple - performance venue :
2min walk from City Bus 'Horikawa Teranouchi' (aprox. 30min from Kyoto Station)
10min walk from City Bus 'Horikawa Imadegawa' (Aprox. 5min from Subway Karasuma-line Imadegawa Station)


3.000 yen: performance
4.000 yen: performance + walking tour
Reservation recommended (walk-ins welcome)


Discover Noh in Kyoto project team


Concerts & Theatrical Arts