Hiroshima Kagura Performance

Attraction Shareo 地下街-100 Motomachi Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture Japan Published on: 27-02-2016

1 hours 30 mins
06:30 PM - 08:45 PM
07:00 PM
08:45 PM
First-time visit
Must see
9.00 - 10.00 USD

Hiroshima Kagura Performance is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Kagura is a Shinto theatrical dance based on some stories, performed by dancers, who dressed in gorgeous costumes and expressive masks, and by musicians who play drums and pipes.

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Selling points

  • Kagura is so captivating
  • A variety of costumes and performance styles
  • Magnificent and colorful costumes
  • Comfortable seats
  • A diverse art form
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3.0 days
78.00 USD
Total travel distance
Number of places
14 places




Shareo 地下街-100 Motomachi Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture Japan

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Tips for you

  • Performances are held only on Wednesdays.
  • It's conveniently located downtown – near the Peace Memorial Park at the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen's Culture Center .


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Kagura dance is a diverse art form, with a variety of costumes and performance styles which was originally dedicated to the deities of Japanese myth and may date back to the 8th century. Music and dance are combined in a performance lasting just over 2 hours, (2 halves of approx 45 mins) The music alone is worth the entry fee, two drums, a flute and a small set of cymbals. As there is no musical score the musicians and dancers follow the beat and tempo of the large drum. The story told by the dancers is easy to follow and there are no spoken words. The costumes are magnificent and colorful. All the performers are traditionally male, even those playing the part of the females. We found out about this by accident and were lucky enough that we were in Hiroshima on a Wednesday night which is the weekly performance there. There are no pre booked/reserved seats but tickets are easily obtained at the venue and while the crowd is usually large seats can always be found. If you are a photographer there is a complete block of seats reserved for people wishing to photograph the performance and don't be surprised by the sight of cameras and tripods in the seating area. The venue is modern and seating comfortable. Check the following url to obtain performance and other details. http://wwwtb.mlit.go.jp/chugoku/kagura/dat/kagura_sheet03.pdf If you are in Hiroshima and have the time to attend a performance it is a must do. This was without doubt a cultural highlight for us.

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