Takarazuka Things to Do
Hana no Michi
Takarazuka's Hana no Michi is a park that sits between two roads. It starts just outside of Hankyu Takarazuka Station and extends past the Takarazuka Revue, ending just before you reach the Tezuka Osamu Museum, so it connects the main sites in the area. At most times of the year, it is just an ordinary, quiet park but during cherry blossom season, the trees create some nice sakura tunnels. It's one of the best places in the city to view cherry blossoms.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Takarazuka Fireworks Festival
This fireworks festival is held every summer.
If you visit Takarazuka in summer,please check the date and go!
The Takarazuka Revue is known throughout Japan as the famous all-female theater! The theater was first established in 1913 and has been a popular and unique form of entertainment in Japan ever since!
The otokoyaku (females who play male roles) are the stars of the shows, and it is very easy to forget that they are all women when watching the show! There are five different troupes, with the Flower troupe and Star troupes being the most famous. I saw the Cosmos troupe, and enjoyed the show a lot! Takarazuka performances are divided into two parts: First, there is the actual musical performances. This is the actual theater performance, so like a typical musical, it has characters and a plot. After the musical however, the show continues. The second show is often centered around a theme (mine was an "around the world" theme), but it is just dancing and singing. There is no story or plot, so you can just watch and enjoy without trying to figure out what's going on!
Takarazuka plays are performed only in Japanese, but they are still worthwhile for the unique experience of seeing the all-female production. The main stage is in Takarazuka however, there is another stage in Tokyo where you can see the shows.
If you plan to see a show, it's best to reserve tickets ahead of time. Costs vary from 3500-11000 yen, depending on where you want to sit. (I took the cheapest seats and still enjoyed the show!)Related to:
- Theater Travel
- Gay and Lesbian
Getting to Takarazuka
From Osaka Station, the Takarazuka Line goes directly to Takarazuka, so it is quite easy to go to Takarazuka from Osaka. The cost is only around 320 yen.
From Kobe Station, you can take the JR lines to Amagasaki. From Amagasaki, transfer to the Gakkentoshi Line to get to Takarazuka Station. It costs around 740 yen.
(Prices are subject to change)Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip