The Konpira Grand Theater (also known as Kanamaru-za) is the oldest surviving kabuki theater in Japan.

Konpira Grand Theater

Located in Kotohira in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, it was constructed in 1835 and has been completely restored to its Edo period appearance.

Konpira Grand Theater

Outside of the occasionally held performances, the theater is open to the public. Unlike modern playhouses, it retains the traditional tatami seating and manually-operated rotating stage.


A visit is well worth it for people interested in Japanese theater and makes for a nice addition to visiting nearby Kotohira-gu or Konpira Shrine.

Kanamaruza Lanterns

These pictures were taken in summer 2015.

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