Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kiyosumi Shirakawa
1-6-12 Shirakawa, Koto-ku
Phone: (81) 3 5639 9311
Fax: (81) 3 5639 9160
Founded in 1893, the Meiji-za, which moved into its present premises seven years ago, enjoys the reputation as one of the bastions of Japanese traditional popular drama, specializing in Samurai period drama. It seats 1,400 and is immensely popular with middle-aged women who come from all over the Kanto region to see their favorite TV actors perform live the roles they play on television. Patrons can enjoy a makunouchi bento, a typical Japanese lunch box, or western snacks for one of the two coffee shops on the premises.
To check out the best of what the local talent's got in store, come to Fourvalley. An enigmatic music venue in the heart of Sumida-ku, Fourvalley is also known to host some of the best concerts in the city. The local as well as national artists come here to regale the audiences with their excellent shows and performances. Equipped with state of the art facilities and captivating interiors, Fourvalley is the perfect place to come along with your friends to dance to some of the grooviest beats.
Ryogoku Kokugikan is the largest indoor area in Tokyo; it can hold over 100,000 spectators comfortably at a time. The arena is designed keeping international standards in mind, as a lot of overseas tourists who associate Japanese with Sumo wrestlers, flock here during matches which are held every January, May and September. Refreshment stands serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and easy parking facilities are available. Do not forget to try out the legendary Yakitori which is Japanese style barbecue chicken, served during matches. A visit here is not merely a visit to an arena; it is a taste of a slice of the Tokyo life.
Although it is in east Tokyo and, therefore, a little bit off the beaten track for the average traveler, Sumida Triphony Hall is an excellent concert venue. It consists of two halls, one seating 1800 and staging orchestral concerts, the other seating 250 and presenting mainly recitals or chamber music. On weekdays, concerts usually start at 7p, while on weekends there are generally two shows, one at 3p and the other at 6p. Inside the hall there is a bar corner that serves drinks, including alcohol and light snacks such as sandwiches.
This cinema complex in east Tokyo has eight theaters in one building about one minute away for the station. The largest theater seats 474 and the smallest 110. The rest are somewhere in between. They show a balanced mixture of Japanese and American movies including the latest offerings from Hollywood. The only refreshments come in the form of candies, soft drinks and beer, but the nearby station building has a number of reasonable restaurants that serve the hungry before boarding a train home.
Pagoda specializes and takes pride in hosting live spot music shows. With a plethora of artists that have already played here before and regaled the crowd, the club also has a huge line of talented artists and musicians lined up. Having a loyal fan following, they're event schedules are always packed so make sure you book your tickets in advance. Pagoda also rents out it's venue space for events, shows and concerts. For this their equipment quality i.e light and sound is superb and adds an extra edge to the already vibrant performance. Pagoda also has it's own studio and live house that upcoming talents and musicians can make the most of. Head out here for some great music, premium drinks and events. Check website for updated events and details.
The Kurawood studio has seen several performances including orchestras, rock concerts and Jazz. Whatever be the genre, the shows are always brilliant. Equipped with the latest modern equipment the sound is excellent and makes not only listen but performing too a pleasure! It is always advisable to book a seat in advance, as tickets for these shows are always sold out well in advance!
One of the 23 wards of the city, Chūō-ku has always held a prominent position, commercially and administratively. The ward's central location in the heart of the city, earns it popularity with regards to tourism as well. Within Chūō-ku you will find Ginza, a famous district of the ward, which is home to several known fashion destinations. Being the commercial center of the city, this ward is also home to many of the country's premier financial institutions, including famous names like Richoh, who have headquarters here. The ward is also the venue for the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival. Call to know more.
Yabusame is another ancient warrior technique horse-mounted archery—dating back some 1200 years. Horse and rider gallop past a target and somehow the archer manages to fire at and hit his mark. This is one martial art you cannot see at Budokan. It can be seen at various cultural events throughout the year. Watch the listings of cultural events for displays of this art. Probably the best time and place at which to see it is when Baji Equestian Park hosts 'Equestrian Day' on September 23rd, Autumnal Equinox.
Kabuki-za, the main kabuki theater in Tokyo since 1889, usually features two daily performances each consisting of three or four plays, and the repertoire is changed monthly. For 650 Yen, non-Japanese-speaking visitors can hire earphones that give an explanation in English. The visitor who does not have time for an entire performance can buy a ticket for the 4th floor to watch part of the show, but earphones are not available. Five restaurants provide a wide range of Japanese food and refreshments for visitors.
This theater has three screens with seating for 200, 150 and 80 respectively. All three show mainly recent independent Japanese and foreign films. Refreshments are limited to the usual cinema fare of soft drinks and candy, but beer is also available. For those with a more substantial appetite, however, there are plenty of good restaurants nearby.
Tokyo International Forum is an excellent new venue for music, theater dance performances, cinema and art exhibitions. It consists of four buildings, each with its own venue hall. Live performances are usually staged in Hall A and Hall B. The facilities are marvelous and include variety of restaurants that cater to a wide range of culinary tastes. Concerts are also sometimes staged in the afternoon and evening.