Kabuki has been around for almost four centuries, and the Kabukiza Theatre (4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo; +81-3-3545-6800), is one of the city’s best venues to watch a colorful production. Destroyed and reconstructed five times since its opening in 1889, the theater has succumbed to a fire, an earthquake, and shelling during World War II. In 2010, it was torn down. Rebuilt in 2013, it now adjoins a 29th-floor skyscraper, where on the fifth floor you'll find an open-air garden and a gallery devoted to the history of the art. In the costume area, visitors can dress in dramatic garb, and have photos taken. The theatrical performances themselves are lengthy—typically four hours—and made up of several acts, so to get the flavor of the show without the commitment, buy a single-act ticket, hitomaku mi seki, where spectators watch from an upper gallery.
Shinbashi Enbujo (6-18-2 Ginza, Chuo; +81-3-3541-2600), another celebrated theater, is the place to experience Super Kabuki, a combination of the traditional spectacle reimagined with modern pop culture influences. Shinbashi is known in particular for its contemporary music, special effects, aerial artistry, and over-the-top costumes.