A theatre which is the place to see Geisha dances and sings at the stage on weekends.

Yamanaka-za Theater

Located next to the Kiku no Yu Public Bathhouse
1)Located next to the Kiku no Yu Public Bathhouse
2)Their ceiling is decorated in Japanese traditional craft Yamanaka lacquerware
3)Exhibited some photos and old books written about Geisha in Yamanaka Onsen

See Geisha Singing and Dancing

Surrounded by the serenity of the mountains, Yamanaka Onsen boasts more than a 1300-year history as a hot spring town that has nurtured a unique culture and various entertainment arts. Yamanaka-za is the town’s theatre which is adjacent to the ladies’ public bathhouse (Kiku no Yu). Possessing an elegant stage made of cypress and a back panel featuring a drawing of a pine tree, the theatre is dedicated to preserving Yamanaka-bushi, Yamanaka Onsen’s iconic folk song. The town used to be a popular relaxation destination for sailors of Kitamaebune merchant ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. Yamanaka-bushi originated when local women created their own versions of the sailors’ shanties. Nowadays geisha perform Yamanaka-bushi at the theatre on weekends and public holidays. Yamanaka Onsen is also famous for its lacquerware production, and the grand interior of the theatre is decorated with highly detailed lacquer motifs and designs.

Information

Yamanaka-za Theater

Open: Daily 8:30-22:00
Traditional dance performances: Sat.-Sun. and national holidays 15:30-16:10; adults ¥700, children ¥350
Access: 30 minutes from JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at ‘Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal’, 6 minutes on foot.
Tel: 0761-78-5523
Address: Mu-1 Yakushimachi, Yamanakaonsen, Kaga, Ishikawa 922-0123