Kabukiza Theatre, an easy walk from the Ginza 4-chome Crossing, is one of Japan's most famous Kabuki theaters. It has been rebuilt several times since making its debut in 1889, with the most recent version, completed in 2013 and adding a 29-story tower, thankfully preserving its eye-catching Momoyama-style facade influenced by 16th-century castle architecture. Like all Kabuki theaters, its stage includes a revolving circle in its center, a platform that can be lowered below the floor level so that actors can magically appear and disappear to dramatic effect, and a runway that extends into the audience.  There are eight or nine Kabuki productions a year, with each production running from about the first or third of each month for 25 days (note that there are no shows in August). Generally, each production consists of two shows, with matinees staged from about 11 or 11:30am to 4pm and evening shows running from 4:30 or 5pm to about 9pm. Of course, you won't be able to understand what the actors are saying, but Kabuki plays, all written before the 20th century, have plots that are easy to follow, with love, duty, and revenge popular themes. Furthermore, because Kabuki developed as a form of entertainment for commoners in feudal Japan, it doesn't have any of the highbrow seriousness attached to, say, Noh, which was popular among the aristocracy. In fact, one of the things I most love about Kabuki is the level of spectator engagement, with fans shouting out approval during particularly good performances. And of course, one of the most interesting things about Kabuki is that all roles are played by men, even the female ones.  Luckily, there are English-language earphones for ¥700 (plus a ¥1,000 refundable deposit) that provide information about the plot, music, actors, and other aspects of Kabuki so you can follow what's going on. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in Basement Level 2 from 10am to 6pm and from automatic ticket dispensers. You can also make advance reservations by phone at 03/6745-0888 or online.  Because programs are long, you might wish to buy tickets for only a few acts. Or, if you think one act (makumi) is enough and you don't mind being up in the balcony, you can save money by taking advantage of single-act tickets. Note that one-act spectators are relegated a bit far from the stage, on the fourth floor, and that there are 96 seats available, with another 60 spaces for standing room only. A single act usually lasts about 1 or 1 and a half hours. These tickets, sold to the left of the main entrance (no credit cards are accepted), go on sale just before each act and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; you'll be assigned a number and allowed into the auditorium accordingly. Everyone in your party must be present and stand in line (that is, no substitutions and no one holding your place). If you wish, you can buy tickets for consecutive acts as well. English-language earphones for one act cost ¥500 and are available on the fourth-floor lobby.