By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies.
See our privacy policy for more information. This site uses machine translation, so content is not always accurate. Please note that translated content may differ from the original English page.

  1. Home
  2. Experience a Deeper Kyoto Through Noh with a Theatre Fan - Discover Noh in Kyoto

Experience a Deeper Kyoto Through Noh with a Theatre Fan - Discover Noh in Kyoto

Experience a Deeper Kyoto Through Noh with a Theatre Fan - Discover Noh in Kyoto

Seeing Kyoto through classical stage art

Noh is a traditional performing art embodying the stylistic beauties of Japanese art. Performers wearing distinctive masks and exquisite costumes perform a stylized form of dance and chant on a purpose-built stage. It developed from an entertainment called “Sangaku” imported from China in the 8th century and was refined under the influence of the urban and court culture of Kyoto, eventually evolving into a masked drama. By the fourteenth century it had developed into something akin to the noh of today. In other words, Kyoto is the “stage” on which the art of noh evolved.

Kyoto is still “a city of noh” today, and the two are inextricably linked. It is home to many noh theaters, actors, musicians, mask makers, costume makers and locations where the stories of the noh plays are set. Even now, seasonal noh performances are a regular fixture at many temples and shrines.

Discover Noh in Kyoto is dedicated to providing access and deepening the appreciation of noh among international audiences. It’s led by highly knowledgeable interpreter-guides and researchers, acting as a “noh concierge” offering noh-themed tours and assistance in attending performances, as well as coordinating noh-related events.

Walk, learn, and experience noh theater up close

Discover Noh in Kyoto is an experienced operator of tours for training interpreter guides and students as noh concierges, which are led by a specialist guide and visit the locations of noh plays, including Nonomiya Shrine, the setting of the play Nonomiya, Kifune Shrine, which is strikingly depicted in Kanawa, and Fushimi Inari Shrine, which appears in a pivotal scene in Kokaji. These programs have been newly redesigned for international visitors in Kyoto, offering the chance to experience the wonderful world of noh from a range of different perspectives.

Passing on noh to the next generation

The various projects of Discover Noh Kyoto are aimed to support the transmission of of this 600-year-old performing art and its related cultural assets to future generations. They hope that the experiences offered will encourage interest in noh among both visitors to Kyoto and students studying in the city, while fostering the skills to impart knowledge about noh and related traditional crafts such as the costumes in both present and future interpreter guides.

Why not join a Discover Noh in Kyoto tour and experience the beauty of noh for yourself?

Discover Noh in Kyoto

For more information and reservations


Activities & Experiences


Arts & Crafts

A city with traditional crafts and innovative art