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[Akita / Kosaka Town] Behind-the-scenes tour of the active playhouse "Korakukan"

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  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Recommended for foreigners
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Solo participant
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Children welcome
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    0Age ~ 100 Age
  • Duration
    Within 1 hour
Plan description

Kosaka Town, Akita Prefecture, is located in the southwest of Lake Towada and prospered at the Kosaka Mine. Korakukan was built in 1910 as a welfare facility for Kosaka Mine employees. It is characterized by making a mix of Japanese and Western styles, which was rare at that time. Korakukan is still an active playhouse. From the end of April to the beginning of November, popular plays and review shows are performed once to three times a day. Performances are closed in winter and the museum is open as a tour facility. The staff will guide you through the hall! You can also see the scenery from the audience seats, the abyss (underground part), the dressing room and the stage. * Option information After the tour, why not take a break with freshly brewed coffee? (350 yen per cup)

Winter is a holiday, so you can take a leisurely tour.

You can see the audience seats, the dressing room where the actor's graffiti remains, the revolving stage that is moved by human power, and the soft-shelled turtle (raising device).

Revolving stage experience (reservation required)

You can experience turning the revolving stage, which you cannot do during the performance. Please apply with 4 or more people as much as possible. If you wish, please let us know in the message field.

Coffee (optional)

Hot coffee (350 yen per cup). Please let us know in the message field.

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    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 1 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 1~30
    About duration
    Within 1 hour / 1~2 hours
    Facility guided tour: Approximately 20 to 30 minutes Start time (approximate): 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
    Operating period 2021/11/28〜2022/3/31
    Non-visitable days: December 7, December 29-January 3
    Assembly time * 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 (approximate time) Non-visitable days: December 29-January 3
    Booking deadline until 16:59 2 days before

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Dress code - Must bring items There is nothing special, but it will be cold during the winter at Korakukan and you will be asked to take off your shoes, so please wear warm clothes and socks etc.

    Matters require attention * Please refrain from bringing in food and drink from outside.
    Other notifications * For customers from overseas, audio guides in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Korean are available. * Preschoolers are free of charge with their parents.

    Plan attractions

    プランの魅力 National Important Cultural Property "Korakukan" の画像

    National Important Cultural Property "Korakukan" A national important cultural property that was born in 1910 as a welfare facility for the Kosaka Mine. The exterior is modern Western style, and the interior is pure Japanese style, featuring a rare Japanese-Western style with a traditional Kabuki hut.

    プランの魅力 Graffiti on the dressing room wall の画像

    Graffiti on the dressing room wall A dressing room is a room where actors make up and change clothes. Many old graffiti of actors have been left on the walls of the dressing room and the front wall since the Meiji era. You can still see graffiti by Mikijiro Hira, Tatsuya Nakadai, Eijiro Tono, Yusuke Takita, etc. when you were young.

    プランの魅力 Dressing room の画像

    Dressing room There are 2 large rooms on the 1st floor and 5 private rooms on the 2nd floor. The graffiti of the actor who stepped on the stage of Korakukan is left as it is on the wall and door.

    プランの魅力 Cut hole (soft-shelled turtle) の画像

    Cut hole (soft-shelled turtle) A device that raises an actor in Hanamichi's seventy-three (Shichi-san). It is an eco-friendly elevator operated by two people using a rope and a wooden pulley. I use it in regular plays almost every day.

    プランの魅力 Rotating stage の画像

    Rotating stage The rotating stage with a diameter of 9.73m is one of the largest in Japan. The stage of Korakukan is almost a rotating stage. It has been used in regular performances almost every day for more than 100 years. The circular part in the center of the stage is turned in the abyss (under the floor of the stage) by a "potter's wheel" mechanism by four people.

    プランの魅力 ceiling の画像

    ceiling The ceiling in the building is Western-style board, and the tulip-shaped lamps are still from the Meiji era. At the time of its foundation (Meiji 43), when there was no electricity in Tohoku, the Kosaka Mine had the second hydroelectric power plant in Japan, so it was a playhouse with a very rare electric lamp at that time.

    プランの魅力 The other side of the pier の画像

    The other side of the pier The second-floor pier is called the "opposite pier". The last part, "Omukai," was a seat for people with excellent appreciation to call the actor's name.

    プランの魅力 Honhanamichi の画像

    Honhanamichi We have adopted the style of a playhouse from the Edo period, which is equipped with a "soft-shelled turtle" in a place where important performances are performed as an extension of the stage.

    Access - Map

    2 Matsunoshita, Kosaka Mine, Kosaka-cho, Kazuno-gun, Akita Prefecture 017-0202
    Assembly point

    "KORAKUKAN (康楽館)" a playhouse from Meiji period / a national important cultural property.
    2 Matsunoshita, Kosaka-kozan, Kosaka-machi,  Kazuno district, AKITA 017-0202

    If you arrive by car

    About 5 minutes (2.6km) from the Tohoku Expressway "Kosaka IC" to Lake Towadako (Hakka Touge Observatory) about 30 minutes (about 20km) via the Jukai Line

    If you arrive by train

    From JR "Morioka Station", highway bus "Asunaro" bound for Aomori-Kosaka High School (about 90 minutes) Kosaka High School-Korakukan about 2km (about 3 minutes by taxi)

    If you arrive by other means of transportation

    Shuhoku Bus bound for Kosaka from JR Odate Station (about 50 minutes) / bound for Kosaka from JR Towadaminami Station (about 20 minutes) 1 minute walk from the Korakukan-mae bus stop

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    There are some steep stairs during the facility tour. The staff will call your attention during it.

    Authorization issued by Akita Prefectural Odate Public Health Center (former Akita Prefectural Kazuno Health Center), box office business license
    Insurance information Insurance company: Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. Type of insurance: Facility manager / product Compensation for 1 accident: 100,000,000 yen
    Number of staff 12

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