Information about the 93rd Azuma Odori Dance Festival where you can experience the beauty of Japanese culture and stylishness of Edo
The Azuma Odori Dance Festival is an event where you can enjoy Shimbashi geisha dance and ryotei cuisine. This is the 93rd year of the festival that began in 1925 and is a traditional sight of the start of summer in Tokyo.
Featuring glamorous dancing by stylish geisha, Japan’s top ryotei cuisine from Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Tokyo Kitcho, and others, and delicious sake,
this four-day-only event at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theater is held in the style of an enormous ryotei restaurant.
In the second floor lobby, you can join a tea ceremony by geisha or enjoy Dom Perignon with Japanese-style appetizers and get original Azuma Odori souvenirs.
The event offers a place of Japanese culture where visitors can enjoy interacting with geisha and one another, providing a chance to reconsider Japanese culture and find one’s identity as a Japanese person.
We hope that people from around the world will also come to enjoy this once in a year festival of one of the top geisha quarters of Japan that ranks on par with the Kyoto entertainment quarters.
Time & Date: Thursday, May 25 to Sunday, May 28, 2017
Two performances on the 25th and 26th
Afternoon performance (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Evening performance (doors open at 3:20 p.m.) 3:50 to 5:20 p.m.
Three performances on the 27th and 28th
First performance (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Second performance (doors open at 1:10 p.m.) 1:40 to 3:10 p.m.
Third performance (doors open at 3:20 p.m.) 3:50 to 5:20 p.m.
Venue: Shimbashi Enbujo Theater, 6-18-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, 104-0061
Advance tickets: General tickets go on sale on Friday, April 14
[Ticket Phone Shochiku: 0570-000-489 or 03-6745-0888]
||Performance enjoyment: Choreography for the 93rd performances by the heads of the Onoe, Hanayagi, and Nishikawa schools.
||Cuisine enjoyment: Only for Azuma Odori, the Shimbashi ryotei restaurants (Shinkiraku, Kanetanaka, Tokyo Kitcho, Matsuyama, Yonemura, and Wanofu) all come together to stake their reputations and compete against each other to create the best shokado bento (square bento with four compartments each containing a separate dish) and sushi bento.
||Venue enjoyment: Tea ceremony, exhibits, souvenir sales, and information about the event.
Geisha sometimes comes out during intermission…
For details, see the Official Azuma Odori Website.