Music, theatre & dance
The Japanese are highly committed to preserving their traditional arts, and it is thanks to this fact that you can still see, hear and participate in all kinds of music, theatre and dance today.
Take a lesson in taiko drumming on Sado Island; watch the spring geisha dances in Kyoto; attend Awa Odori, the largest traditional dance festival in Japan; enjoy a scene of Kabuki at Tokyo's newly restored theatre; or eat your dinner to the sound of the three-stringed shamisen. Japan's traditional performing arts are alive and well in the modern age, and there are all kinds of ways that you can watch and learn about them through InsideJapan Tours.
If you're interested in something more modern, Japan's contemporary music, dance and theatre scene is also extremely exciting. Japan's pop music market is the second-largest in the world (a staggering 44 of the world's 50 top-selling albums last year were Japanese!), avant-garde theatre groups such as the Takarazuka Revue are flourishing, and dance crazes such as para para sweep through the youth population so that every evening you can find groups of teenager practising their moves in parks and squares.
There are all kinds of ways to get involved in Japan's performing arts - whether as a spectator or a participant. Just have a look below for a few ideas!