Music and Theater in Fukuoka
Both modern and traditional Japanese theatre are well represented. Hakata-za is Fukuoka’s famous “kabuki” theatre, where the biggest names in Japanese theatre come to perform. It’s not cheap, but the spectacle is definitely worth it! For a more affordable option, there are often free noh and kabuki performances in the Ohori Park noh theatre.
The theatre at Canal City shows world-famous long-running musicals, such as Disney on Ice, and the Lion King, though in Japanese of course!
The best of Japanese and Western musicians regularly play at Fukuoka’s multiple major venues, including the International Center, Zepp Fukuoka, Drum Logos, and Marine Messe.
Fukuoka is famous for its local music scene, called “mentai rock”, which you can hear at smaller venues all around the city. With tickets starting from 1000 yen, this is a great way to get a feel for upcoming bands!
Finally, the area around the central Tenjin train station is a meeting-place for unsigned bands to busk for small crowds, hoping to make their debut.
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The most spectacular of traditional Japanese theatre comes here.
The premier location for long-running musicals such as Aida, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and more.
3. Zepp Fukuoka
A star-studded list of Japanese and overseas bands play at Fukuoka’s premier concert hall.
Many free performances of noh and kabuki theatre, and the great location in one of the city’s most beautiful parks, make this a must-visit.
5. Sun Palace
This giant concert hall hosts the biggest international stars.
6. Fukuoka International Center/ Marine Messe
Two more giant halls where the world’s top stars play.
With four different small concert venues around the city, the Drum Group is the first place to look for a taste of local music.
8. Tenjin Train Station
Visit at night and you’ll typically see five to ten bands set up on the streets around the station, playing their hearts out for tiny groups of dedicated fans.
9. ACROS Concert Hall
The beautiful tree-covered ACROS building hosts a variety of classical music concerts, including orchestras from around the world.