Kenban Yose (rakugo comic storytelling)
Rakugo is a Japanese performance art that involves a lone storyteller, seated on a raised platform and only using a folding fan and a small cloth as props, conveying a humorous story and handling all speaking roles through clever gestures and voice changes.
Anyone can see a live rakugo performance at Yugawara Onsen on Saturdays and Sundays, during a range of dates throughout the year, for just one coin (500 JPY). It’s the perfect way to experience this traditional Japanese artform firsthand, and add some cultural enrichment to your day!
※Please note that rakugo performances are given entirely in Japanese.
|Dates (2021)||Saturdays and Sundays only, subject to change and cancellation:
April 3rd to May 16th
June 19th to July 18th
September 4th to November 28th (closed on November 13th and 14th)
|Hours||About 60 minutes|
|Venue||Yugawara Geikoya Association, 3rd-floor performance hall|
From Yugawara Station, take the bus bound for Oku-Yugawara/Fudodaki, and get off at Mitsukecho (about a 10-minute ride).
The bus to Oku-Yugawara/Fudodaki departs from Yugawara Station every 15 minutes.
|Inquiries||Yugawara Tourism Association
Kenban Yose - Saturday & Sunday afternoon performances
|Starting Time||1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)|
|Admission||Adults: 500 JPY / elementary school students and younger: free|
|Venue|| Yugawara Onsen Kenban (Geigi Assignation Office) ,Yugawara Onsen Geigi Offices Association, 3rd-floor performance hall
(458 Miyakami, Yugawara Town)
|Access||Take the bus for Oku-Yugawara/Fudodaki from Yugawara Station, get off at Mitsukecho (about a 10-minute ride), and walk for 1 minute.|
|Inquiries|| Yugawara Onsen Tourism Association
Onsen Rakugo (comic storytelling) - Saturday evening performances
|Starting Time||8:40 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 p.m., performance runs for about 40-60 minutes)|
|Admission||<Rakugo only> Adults: 500 JPY / elementary school students: 300 JPY / preschool children: free
<Rakugo and a bath> Adults: 1,000 JPY / elementary school students: 500 JPY / preschool children: free
|Venue||For April and May performances: Seiranso (697 Miyakami, Yugawara Town)
Take the bus for Oku-Yugawara/Fudodaki from Yugawara Station, and get off at Oku-Yugawara Iriguchi (about a 20-minute ride). Seiranso is very close to the bus stop.
Yugawara Onsen Tourism Association