A standard kabuki performance consists of two or three acts, but catching only one act is also possible at the Kabukiza, Tokyo’s main kabuki theatre. Tickets for these are sold on the day and prices vary by show – most go for anywhere between ¥800 and ¥2,000. You’ll be seated on the fourth floor and have very nice views of the action. If your Japanese is up to par, check out www.kabuki-bito.jp for the schedule and prices. Kabukiza Theatre
With scores of inexpensive restaurants, bars and hotels for those in the know, Tokyo’s reputation for being an expensive city is mostly undeserved. However, even long-term residents often lament how pricey its art, entertainment and family-friendly options can be. Here’s how and where to beat the system, one ticket at a time.