Takarazuka Revue: Why Fans are Addicted to Takarazuka Musical??



Have you seen any shows by Takarazuka (宝塚)? Takarazuka Revue is a Japanese musical theatre, which is located in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture. They also have theatre in Tokyo.

Their show is unique and lots of fans enjoy their shows frequently.


What is Takarazuka Revue?

Takarazuka Revue provides musical shows and attracts a large number of Japanese fans. The most unique feature of Takarazuka show is that all the casts are female.

There are no men participating in shows. Female members would play male roles.




History of Takarazuka

The first Takarazuka show was played in 1914. Members of Takarazuka are all single females because founder, Ichizo Kobayashi, believed that it would boost sales of tickets for his company.

Kobayashi was a president of Hankyu Railways in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture. As a president, he was looking for something to gather people to Takarazuka City. He had inspiration from Kabuki, in which all performers are males.


As he expected, Takarazuka shows became popular and as a result, Takarazuka Revue in Tokyo was opened in 1918.


Structure of Takarazuka Performers



Only those admitted to Takarazuka school can play in Takarazuka Revue. Thus, young girls who dream of becoming a member of Takarazuka group try very hard since they are small.


There are five troupes in Takarazuka including Hana (Flower), Tsuki (Moon), Yuki (Snow), Hoshi (Star) and Sora (Cosmos). All those groups have top female-role-performers and top male-role-performers.


As soon as girls admitted to Takarazuka school, they would choose if they want to play female or male roles. It usually depends on height but there is no specific requirement. Some male-role-performers switch to female role while they are students.


Why is Takarazuka Popular?

Most of fans are women and they like to see top male-role-performers. Students of Takarazuka school have been trained well to behave manly manner. Fans are not necessarily lesbians but their performances are magnificent and attract audience.


The stage and costumes are also gorgeous and fans like to see different stages and shows. They would feel as if they are in movie or drama because the stage is extraordinary and costumes are gorgeous.


Where are Theatres? How to Get Tickets?

Takarazuka Revue is located in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture.

If you take Takarazuka Line, get off at Takarazuka Station. It would take about 35-40 minutes from Hankyu Umeda Station or Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station.


Takarazuka Tokyo Revue is located in Chiyoda Ward and just 5 minutes from JR Yuraku-cho Station. You can also take Hibiya Line or Chiyoda Line and get off at Hibiya Station.


Tickets are available online and prices range between 12,000 yen and 3,500 yen. You can also purchase same-day tickets at the theatre counter, but it might be sold out. The same-day tickets are 2,500 yen for B seats and there would be Standing room tickets for 1,500 if they are sold out.



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