Yamanaka-za Theater 山中座、山中芸妓
Enjoy geisha performances of Yamanaka Onsen’s famous folk song
Yamanaka-za is a theater in the main square of Yamanaka Onsen, a hot-spring village. The theater is dedicated to preserving Yamanaka-bushi, Yamanaka Onsen’s iconic folk song. Geisha perform Yamanaka-bushi at the theater on weekends and national holidays. On weekdays, Yamanaka-za hosts more intimate performances in which visitors can play traditional games with geisha.
Yamanaka Onsen is famous for its lacquerware production, and the grand interior of Yamanaka-za is decorated with highly detailed lacquer motifs. Colorful silver and gold maki-e paintings depicting scenes from local festivals and the history of the hot-spring town decorate the ceiling.
The village was a popular relaxation destination for sailors of kitamaebune merchant ships in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Yamanaka-bushi originated when local women gathered outside of the public bathhouse attached to the theater created their own versions of the sailors’ shanties.
AddressMu-1 Yamanakaonsenyakushimachi, Kaga
Hours8:30 to 22:00 (baths open 6:45 to 22:30)
Closed daysOpen daily
Fees700 yen (350 yen for children)