Kaguwa Asakusa: Discover a New Charm in Tokyo's Asakusa

July 22, 2024
Kaguwa Asakusa: Discover a New Charm in Tokyo's Asakusa

Nestled quietly in the comfortable night of Tokyo's Asakusa is "Kaguwa Asakusa," a traditional Japanese show pub. Here, you can enjoy a unique performance that blends the graceful dances of dancer dressed as maiko and kimono-clad women with modern dance performances. Visitors can fully immerse themselves in the beauty of Japanese tradition while savoring select sake and local spirits alongside the visually stunning stage. This article introduces the captivating shows at Kaguwa Asakusa and the exquisite dishes offered there. Why not experience a special evening that colors the night of Asakusa?

What is Kaguwa Asakusa?

Performers on stage at Kaguwa Asakusa

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Kaguwa Asakusa is a Japanese-style show pub that offers a unique experience by seamlessly blending Japanese tradition with modernity. Opened in January 2024, this establishment features traditional Japanese dance shows and entertainment, making it highly popular among both domestic and international tourists. For visitors to Japan, it serves as a valuable place to experience Japanese traditional culture mixed with a modern flare. Below, we introduce the charm of Kaguwa Asakusa, the content of its shows, and some tips for visiting.

Facility Overview

Kaguwa Asakusa is located in Asakusa, one of Tokyo's prime tourist destinations. The exterior evokes the atmosphere of old Japan, while the interior enchants visitors with a sense of time travel. The venue is decorated in a traditional Japanese style, and the warm lighting creates a cozy ambiance. With both counter and table seating available, all guests can fully enjoy the show. One of the attractions is being able to enjoy the performances while sipping on drinks.

Show Content

At Kaguwa Asakusa, you can enjoy a wide variety of shows ranging from traditional Japanese dance to modern performances. Particularly popular are the stages that blend Japanese dance, kabuki, and contemporary dance. These performances respect Japanese traditional culture while adding new interpretations, allowing you to experience the classic beauty along with a fresh sense of surprise.

Website: https://www.asakusa-kaguwa.com/en

About History: The Revival of Kaguwa

During the nights of Tokyo's bustling Asakusa district, a small stage comes alive with dancers in historic Japanese costumes, reimagining the vibrant red-light districts known as "yukaku" that thrived during the Edo and Meiji periods. This enchanting performance, part of the show called "Kaguwa," features performers dressed as courtesans, geishas, and samurai, who captivate patrons with a dazzling array of dances and stage shows, all executed in complete silence.

"Kaguwa," a "neo-Japanesque" show that began two decades ago and was once a major attraction for foreign visitors, owes its continued existence to the dedication of its lead dancer and producer, who brought the show back from the brink of disappearance following the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Asakusa Kaguwa is actually the third incarnation of the show, which first debuted in 2004 at one of Tokyo's largest dinner theaters in Roppongi, an entertainment district renowned for its nightlife. Back then, Kaguwa was known for prominently featuring drag queens who performed while customers dined.

During its heyday, foreigners comprised around half of the audience, with many tour groups arriving from Russia and Taiwan just to see the unique performances.

A Modern Revival

In 2018, urban development forced Kaguwa to relocate to a smaller venue in Roppongi. The show was redesigned to cater to inbound tourists, and drag queens no longer performed. Despite these changes, Kaguwa retained its unique charm and appeal.

The revamped show includes a selection of dances in various styles, some exuding a historical flavor while others are more contemporary. The highlight, however, is a poignant performance depicting the harsh conditions courtesans endured in the past, made all the more powerful by the dancers' silence.

Although this show features kimonos and can be quite lavish, it's not just about something old-fashioned. There's also a glamorous aspect to it, which can be appreciated in the context of modern times. Set against the backdrop of legalized brothels that existed in Japan until 1958, the script for this evocative performance was written by a renowned screenwriter known for her work on popular live-action series and dramas.

"Kaguwa" continues to mesmerize audiences, blending the rich traditions of Japan's past with the vibrancy of its present. This unique show remains a testament to the enduring allure of Japanese culture, expressed through the universal language of dance.

Food and Drinks

One of the main attractions at Asakusa Kaguwa is the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals and a variety of drinks while watching a spectacular show. This unique experience ensures an unforgettable time for all guests.

The food and drink menu at Asakusa Kaguwa is diverse, featuring dishes such as karaage (Japanese fried chicken), pasta, and pizza. The drink selection includes local and international alcohols such as beer, whisky, plum wine, shochu, and sake. Notably, there are also premium champagne options. Food prices range from 800 to 1,500 JPY, and champagne prices range from 21,000 to 120,000 JPY. This wide range of choices caters to various preferences and budgets.

Sample Food Menu

  • Japanese Fried Chicken (Karaage): 1,200 JPY
  • Pasta: 1,200 JPY
  • Pizza: 1,400 JPY
  • Seasoned Green Soybeans (Edamame): 800 JPY
  • Cheese Platter: 1,500 JPY

Sample Drink Menu

  • Beer: 1,000 JPY
  • Whisky: From 1,300 JPY
  • Plum Wine: From 900 JPY
  • Shochu: From 800 JPY
  • Japanese Sake: From 1,400 JPY
  • Soft Drinks: 700 JPY

Food and Drink Page: https://www.asakusa-kaguwa.com/en/fooddrink

Show Schedule and Tickets

Kaguwa's performace scedule and prices

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Show Schedule

Asakusa Kaguwa holds two performances each operating day, each lasting approximately one hour. The detailed show schedule is as follows.

1st Show

  • Opening time: 4:00 PM
  • Starting time: 5:00 PM
  • Closing time: 6:00 PM

2nd Show

  • Opening time: 7:00 PM
  • Starting time: 8:00 PM
  • Closing time: 11:00 PM


Ticket prices vary depending on the seating category, with all prices including one drink and taxes.

  • Regular Seats: Priced at 6,600 JPY per person, this is the most affordable option, offering a good view of the entire stage.
  • Premium Seats: Located in the front row with sofa seating, these seats include a commemorative photo with all the dancers. Priced at 11,000 JPY per person, with a total of 22,000 JPY for two people.
  • VIP Seats: Semi-private seating with privacy and a commemorative photo on stage with all dancers. There are two types, VIP1 and VIP2, each seating four people. The show charge is 6,600 JPY per person for VIP1 and 4,400 JPY for VIP2, with an additional table charge of 27,500 JPY for VIP1 and 16,500 JPY for VIP2. The difference between VIP1 and VIP2 is the table location, with VIP1 offering a more central view of the stage, hence the price difference.
  • Limited View Seats: Due to the building's structure, some seats have an obstructed view and are offered at 4,400 JPY.

[Additional Information]

Detailed pricing information is provided at the time of booking, and it's recommended to confirm in advance. Additionally, please note that VIP seats cost an additional table charge.

Show Schedule and Tickets Page: https://www.asakusa-kaguwa.com/en/system


Reservations can be made through the official website, which is also available in English, making it easy for you to book your visit.

Reservation Page: https://www.tablecheck.com/en/asakusa-kaguwa/reserve/message?isServiceCategoryFlow=true

A screen capture of Kaguwa's reservation page

Image Source: https://www.asakusa-kaguwa.com/en/system

Guidelines for Enjoying Asakusa Kaguwa

To fully enjoy the captivating performances at Asakusa Kaguwa, it's important to understand and follow the following etiquette and guidelines. Please adhere to these rules during your visit to ensure a comfortable experience for all guests.

Interaction with Performers

Respect for performers and staff is crucial. Any inappropriate contact or touching of performers is strictly prohibited. Express your admiration through applause and cheers, and avoid physical contact to maintain their privacy and dignity.

Alcohol Consumption Regulations

Moderation is key to a pleasant evening. There are rules in place to deny entry to those who are overly intoxicated, so please manage your alcohol intake responsibly. Excessive drinking during the performance can affect not only your own experience but also that of other guests. Enjoy your drinks with restraint.

Maintaining Manners

When watching the show, please be considerate of others by remaining quiet and not causing unnecessary noise. Loud talking and using your mobile phone during the performance can disturb other guests, so please refrain from these activities.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy

Shows at Asakusa Kaguwa are very popular, and seating is limited. Therefore, it's advisable to make reservations as early as possible and check your schedule to avoid unforeseen changes. Same-day cancellations are non-refundable, so if your plans change, please cancel as early as possible.

No Smoking Policy

This venue is entirely non-smoking to maintain a healthy and comfortable environment. If you wish to smoke, please use the designated outdoor smoking areas. Smoking is only permitted in these areas.

Show Program

A screen capture of Kaguwa's website

Image Source: https://www.asakusa-kaguwa.com/en/program

Here's an introduction to the Asakusa Kaguwa Program Summary.

  1. Opening - "Kaika Jishin" 

The opening act features an intense Shishi (Lion) dance amidst a fantastical sea of clouds. As the mist dissipates, Oiran (elite courtesans) make a grand entrance, initiating a splendid dance with the lion. This segment highlights the Oiran, who were not only high-class figures in the pleasure quarters but also trendsetters and symbols of lofty beauty.

  1. Set Yourself Free

This performance merges dance, acrobatics, and flag movements to inspire audiences to break free from limitations. Choreographed by Kazumi and styled by Eri Koda, it embodies a powerful message of liberation and self-expression.

  1. Haikara Girls

This act reflects on the Meiji era's embrace of Western fashions through a contemporary interpretation of the lace kimono, a popular choice among today's youth, embodying Japan's "kawaii" (cute) cultural aspect.

  1. I Miss You

A narrative dance piece about a daughter mourning her deceased mother and her father's attempts to support her, showcasing the emotional storytelling and familial themes prevalent in Japanese culture.

  1. Libertango 

A fusion dance featuring Oiran and tango, this act creatively combines traditional Japanese and Western styles, symbolized by the innovative mix of kimono and dress attire.

  1. Shishimai (Lion Dance) Festival 

Capturing the vibrant atmosphere of Japanese festivals, this lively performance encourages audience participation, especially during the 'lion bite', a moment believed to dispel evil and bring good fortune.

  1. Four Seasons

Utilizing traditional Japanese dance and various props, this performance artfully represents Japan's four beautiful seasons, connecting the audience with the cyclical nature of life and the environment.

  1. Main Story - "Reiroudaiguren"

The central narrative tells the heartrending story of a girl forced into a red-light district by her parents' debts. It explores the enduring spirit and camaraderie among the courtesans, penned by Michiru Egashira and performed without spoken dialogue to highlight the emotional expressiveness of the cast.

  1. Finale

The climax of the show features dancers in extravagant kimono-based dresses using fans in a Kaguwa-style Japanese dance, culminating in a visually stunning finale. This part of the show is notable for being the only segment where video recording is allowed.

All throughout the performances, Asakusa Kaguwa seamlessly blends traditional Japanese cultural elements with modern performance art, delivering an engaging and memorable experience.


A street in Asakusa

Image Source: Google Street View

Here’s how to get to Asakusa Kaguwa, conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from Asakusa Station. The station is accessible via multiple train lines, including the Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, and Tsukuba Express, making it extremely easy to reach. Situated near popular tourist attractions such as Senso-ji Temple and Kaminarimon Gate, Asakusa Kaguwa is an ideal spot to include in your sightseeing plans.


  • 111-0032 Tokyo, Taito Ward, Asakusa 1-12-10 2F

Access by Train

  1. From Tokyo Station to Ueno Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. This ride lasts about 6 minutes.
  2. From Ueno Station to Asakusa Station: Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line directed towards Asakusa. This leg of the journey takes about 5 minutes.

The total travel time by train is about 20 minutes, not including transfer times, and the cost is approximately 300 JPY.

Access by Bus

From Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit to Komagata Bridge: Catch the Toei Bus from Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes. Buses run every 30 minutes, and the cost is about 200-300 JPY​.

Access by Taxi 

Taking a taxi from Tokyo Station to Asakusa Kaguwa is also an option. The journey typically takes about 20 minutes, depending on traffic, and the estimated cost ranges about 2,000 JPY​​. This is the most convenient option if you're looking for a direct and quick route, though it is more expensive compared to public transportation.

*The required time, costs, and access methods mentioned above may vary depending on the time and day, so please check the latest information for yourself.

Experience the Charm of Asakusa Kaguwa Through Video

This video introduces Asakusa Kaguwa, a traditional allure thriving in the heart of Tokyo. Through the footage, you can experience the rich atmosphere and the unique charm that captivates viewers. You will also catch a glimpse of the passion of the artists performing, and see how these elements come together to create a cohesive and thrilling show. We invite you to use this video as a guide to step into the world of Asakusa Kaguwa.

Neo Japanesque Kaguwa / 和物ダンスショー【浅草香和】Asakusa Kaguwa

The following video features Roppongi Kaguwa, which has since closed down. While some aspects may differ from Asakusa Kaguwa, we believe you will still be able to get a sense of the atmosphere. Please use it as a reference.



Asakusa Kaguwa offers a unique cultural experience that blends traditional and modern elements of Japan, making it a must-see show club for visitors to Japan. With delicious food, spectacular shows, and warm hospitality, it showcases the charm of Japan to all who visit. When in Tokyo, be sure to visit Asakusa Kaguwa to immerse yourself in Japanese culture.

PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer, a seasoned connoisseur in his 40s based in Japan, boasts an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience within the vibrant landscapes of both drinking and gambling, alongside his well-documented ventures into various red-light districts. This extensive exploration encompasses not just the nocturnal delights of Japan's red-light areas but also its myriad of bars, horse racing, pachinko, and many others. Drawing on his firsthand experiences, he conveys the appeal and characteristics of Japan's diverse adult entertainment districts and his enjoyment of the nightlife scene through his writing for PIJ.

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