Japan Arts Council

FAQs

1. Performances Organized by Japan Arts Council

  • Can I enter even if I am late for the performance?
  • Are there any age restrictions on admission?
  • Do you have English subtitles or programs for the performance?

2. Ticket Sales for Council-organized Performances

  • How can I buy a ticket?

3. Getting Here

  • Is there a parking lot?

4. Facilities

  • Do the theaters have any restaurants or cafés?
  • Are there places to leave my luggage and coat at the theaters?
  • Can I use a credit card at the shops or restaurants in the theaters?
  • Can I use the shops and restaurants in the theaters without a ticket for the performance?
  • Do you have accessible facilities and services?

5. The Use of Books and Audiovisual Materials of Reading/Audiovisual Rooms

  • Can I borrow materials?

6. Others

  • Can I put a link to the website of Japan Arts Council?
  • Can I use the images and the videos on the website of Japan Arts Council?
  • Inquiries/Opinions

1. Performances Organized by Japan Arts Council

Can I enter even if I am late for the performance?
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We may restrict entry during the performance due to the nature of the production or the inconvenience to other customers. So please follow the instruction of the theater staff. The venue will open 30 minutes to 1 hour before the performance starts. We recommend you arrive with time to spare.
Are there any age restrictions on admission?
A
There are no age restrictions on admission. However, for example, if a child is disturbing other guests by being loud, the theater staff may advise parents or guide them to the lobby to watch the performance on the monitor.
Do you have English subtitles or programs for the performance?
A
You will find the outline in English in the programs of monthly events such as Kabuki and Bunraku. Please do not hesitate to contact us from here about the other performances, as it depends on the performance.

2. Ticket Sales for Council-organized Performances

How can I buy a ticket?
A
Please refer to Ticket Information.

3. Getting Here

Is there a parking lot?
A
National Theatre and National Engei Hall have a parking lot on the premises. With the presentation of the performance ticket of the day, you can use it for 500 yen until the end time. While there is no parking lot at National Noh Theatre and National Bunraku Theatre, they are easily accessible by using public transportation.

4. Facilities

Do the theaters have any restaurants or cafés?
A
National Theatre (Large Theatre, Small Theatre) and National Noh Theatre have restaurants/cafés. While there is no restaurant at National Bunraku Theatre, the shop offers lunch boxes, drinks, souvenirs, etc. The shop at National Engei Hall is currently closed.
Are there places to leave my luggage and coat at the theaters?
A
While we do not have cloakrooms, coin lockers are available.
Can I use a credit card at the shops or restaurants in the theaters?
A
It depends on the stores. For more information, please contact us in advance from here.  
Can I use the shops and restaurants in the theaters without a ticket for the performance?
A
Except for some theaters, they are accessible for only those who watch the performance.
Do you have accessible facilities and services?
A
Our theaters endeavor to make sure that all customers, including people with disabilities and elderly customers, have a comfortable experience, aiming to make facilities as accessible as possible. Please refer here for more about our commitment to accessibility, such as concessionary rate tickets.

5. The Use of Books and Audiovisual Materials of Reading/Audiovisual Rooms

Can I borrow materials?
A
We do not lend out books and audiovisual materials as a general rule. However, you may use materials (such as photographs of past performances) for a fee for academic research or publication if permitted by the Council. Contact us from here for individual cases.

6. Others

Can I put a link to the website of Japan Arts Council?
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If you would like to link to this website, please contact us from here. All or part of the contents of this website may not be reprinted without permission from Japan Arts Council, except for private use or quoting and other acts permitted by the Copyright Law. For details, please refer to "Terms of Use."
Can I use the images and the videos on the website of Japan Arts Council?
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As a general rule, materials on this website (including UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage contents and Cultural Digital Library sites) shall not be used beyond the scope of personal use. (Reprinting in publications, etc., is not permitted.) Materials mentioned above include, for example, archival records of performances (videos and photographs) and multi-colored woodblock prints (Nishiki-e). Please refer to "Can I borrow materials?" for academic research and publication.
Inquiries/Opinions
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For other inquiries or opinions, please contact us from here.