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history of the shuzenji cultural journey

The Noh stage "Gekkeiden" was donated to the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine by Viscount Toshika Maeda, and was relocated to Asaba in the late Meiji period by seventh generation Yasuemon Asaba. 40 years have passed hosting the "Shuzenji Cultural Journey", where top class artists of Japanese traditional arts like Noh, Kyogen, Shinnai, Bunraku, and Biwagaku have been invited to give a seasonal performance. Hearing such subtle and profound music echo through the night is a once in a lifetime experience.


Noh combined the Kabuongyoku music of the Nara and Heian periods, loved by ordinary people, and dancing rites offered to the gods, firmly establishing itself in the Kamakura and Muromachi eras. In the Muromachi era, it was influenced by popular arts, Zen Buddhism and ink-wash painting, and has been refined through the ages through the patronage of the shogunate and aristocracy.


Kyogen is a spoken theatrical form centered on conversation. Without using any flamboyant stage setups, everything is expressed through words and gesture.
One of its key features is humor. Based on the everyday lives and tales of ordinary people in the middle ages, it cuts sharply into the heart of human habits and nature, finding broad laughter and humor.


The one and only Edojoruri (Edo period narrative music). Considered to be created by Satsumanojo Fujimatsu in 1745.Group suicide stories were common, "nakigatari" (crying while proclaming) and calling out sadly in a melody gathered masses of people.Playing shamisen while walking around the city and inviting spectators for a "nagashi" (procession) became famous.Also featured in Kabuki and historical plays.

Shuzenji Cultural Journey 2024

SAKURA SHINNAI [Ippongatana Dohyoiri]

Nakasaburo Shinnai, a Living National Treasure in Japan

Wednesday, April 3
Thursday, April 4
Friday, April 5
<Starting at 17:30>
BUYO - Traditional Japanese Dance [Kitsune to Yajirobe]

Koshiro Matsumoto

Monday, June 3
<Starting at 17:30>
KYOGEN [Nasu no Yoichi no Katari][Akutaro]

Mansaku Nomura, a Living National Treasure of Japan

Tuesday, June 11
<Starting at 17:30>
BUYO - Traditional Japanese Dance [Hiroshige Hakkei]

Kikunosuke Onoe

Sunday, July 28
<Starting at 17:30>
A Joy of Full Moon Night - Japanese flute [Gekka Gakuyu]

Hiroyuki Matsuda

Friday, September 13
<Starting at 20:30>
KYOMAI - Japanese Dance in Kyoto style [Yuki / Aoi no Ue]

Yachiyo Inoue, a Living National Treasure of Japan

Friday, September 20
<Starting at 17:30>
※The date has changed to Thursday, September 19.
KYOGEN [Souhachi][Kagyu]

Mansai Nomura

Wednesday, October 2
<Starting at 17:30>
A Joy of Full Moon Night - Japanese flute [Gekka Gakuyu]

Hiroyuki Matsuda

Thursday, October 10
<Starting at 20:30>
NOH [Futarishizuka Tachiide no Issei]

Tetsunojo Kanze

Friday, October 25
<Starting at 17:30>

Nakasaburo Shinnai, a Living National Treasure of Japan

Friday, November 1
Saturday, November 2
Sunday, November 3
<Starting at 17:30>
WAGAKKI - Traditional Japanese musical instrument
[Momiji no Shirabe]

Tagatayu Shinnai

Friday, November 15
<Starting at 17:30>


Booking Number +81-558-72-7000

3450-1 Shuzenji, Izu, Shizuoka 410-2416, Japan

  • * Telephone reservations accepted from 8:00am on Sunday 28th January 2024.
  • * The price doesn't include tax.
  • * Reservations may only be made for children aged 7 and above.