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Transforming the entire Kagurazaka neighbourhood into a stage for a festival to enjoy Japan’s various traditional performing arts

Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2019 is a two-day event giving a large trans-generational audience including overseas visitors an accessible way to see, hear and have contact with Japan’s foremost traditional performing arts, combined with the charms of Kagurazaka where the flavor of old Edo still lingers.

*For details of the Main Festival please click here.

On the day of the event, we will announce program changes and cancellation on the official website, SNS(Twitter / Facebook) and at the festival venues.


Shop strolling / Live Performance of Japanese Traditional Arts

Performers of Japanese traditional arts related to Kagurazaka will give small-scale concerts at hip restaurants, cafes and live music venues in Kagurazaka. As well as zokkyoku traditional folk music and koto music, this year an additional stage performance of shinai-bushi music will give visitors the chance to kick back and enjoy this music, familiar to festival-goers from the roving shinnai-nagashi shamisen music event that takes place on the streets of Kagurazaka during the festival.
You can also enjoy comparing the sounds of iori-uta music, passed down in the Johana area of Nanto in Toyama, to Edo hauta music which iori-uta derives from.

Saturday, May 11 16:00 – 19:40
*Rain or shine
Venue and performances
16:00 – 16:40 Hiyama Umekichi (Zokkyoku music)
17:00 – 17:40 Tsuruga Isekichi (shinnai-bushi music)
19:00 – 19:40 Honjoh Maruhide & Honjoh Hidekuni (hauta music)
Guest Houtetsu Kai (Johana iori-uta music troupe)
Kagurazaka Monogatari
19:00 – 19:40 Yoshinaga Mana (koto music)
Free (separate charge for food and drink)
*Admission tickets will be distributed at each venue one hour before the start of each event.

Kagurazaka Rakuza – Storytellers′ Theater

In the past, people got their information from lecture areas set up in the grounds of shrines and temples. This year visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the lecture area replicated inside Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji during our pre-Main Festival event,“Eve.” Have a good laugh with the opening rakugo comic storytelling performance, and then towards evening lend your ears to a historical kodan tale.

Date/Time and Performances
Saturday, May 11
15:00 – 15:10 Opening
15:10 – 15:40 Cyril Coppini (rakugo performance)
18:00 – 18:30 Kanda Orine (kodan storytelling)
*Approximate performance times

The streets of Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka is renowned for its atmospheric back alleys and side streets, with their cobblestones and black wooden walls and fences. If you take a wander around them, as if by chance you will come across a roving musical performance. The stylish-looking strolling performers will be performing their traditional shinnai-nagashi shamisen music around the streets of Kagurazaka again this year.
Likewise, the immensely-popular iori-uta music of the Hikiyama Matsuri festival from the Johana area of Nanto City in Toyama Prefecture will be performed again this year by a young troupe parading through Kagurazaka’s streets. As the musicians become one with the old-world look of the streets, the atmosphere of old Edo is brought back to life for a short time.

【Shinnai-nagashi performance】
Date / Time
Saturday, May 11, 16:30-17:30 / 18:30 – 19:30
*Approximate performance times
The streets of Kagurazaka (Starting from Jinai Park)
Tsuruga Wakasanojo shamisen troupe (Tsuruga Isekichi and others)

【Johana folk performance of iori-uta music】
Date / Time
Saturday, May 11, 15:00-16:00 / 17:30 – 18:30
*Approximate performance times
Streets of Kagurazaka (Starting from Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple)
Houtetsu Kai (Johana iori-uta music troupe)

*Programs are subject to change.


Kagurazaka Street Stage / O-edo Tour 2018 Office (inside Koten Kukan Office)
TEL: 03-5478-8265


Kagurazaka area



Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), NPO Ikimachi Club
Supported by and in cooperation with
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Supported by
Shinjuku City and Shinjuku Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cooperated by
Tokyo Kagurazaka Association, Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple, Akagi-jinja Shrine, Ikimachi Co., Kagurazaka Avenue Association, Kagurazaka Merchants Union, Edo Tokyo Guide Group, Kosho-ji Temple, Enpuku-ji Temple, Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Consumer Center, Wakamiya-Cho Self-Government Association, Tokyo University of Science, Hosei University, KPMG AZSA LLC, Dai-Ichi Kangyo Credit Cooperative (Kagurazaka Branch), Chikaken Co.,Ltd and Mind