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Info/images of the Takarazuka Revue, Japanese all-female theatre troupes that perform musicals.

Takarazuka Dai Gekijou & Takarazuka Bow Hall
In Takarazuka city
From Osaka: 1 hour by Hankyu train
From Kobe: 1 hour, 5 minutes by JR local train & Hankyu train
From Kyoto: 2 hours by JR local train & Hankyu train
From Tokyo: 4 hours by JR bullet train & Hankyu train
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Takarazuka city is easy to access, so I recommend visiting it as a day trip. During my two vacations in Japan I've stayed in Kyoto and just took the train to Osaka & on to Takarazuka, spent the morning in Takarazuka, went to Osaka for the afternoon, and back to my accommodation in Kyoto at night. You could day trip from Tokyo; it would probably take about 4 hours to get to Takarazuka from Tokyo.
It sounds like a lot of traveling time, but actually, when riding the pleasant shinkansen (bullet trains), even a 4 hour trip back and forth in one day (8 hours total) is perfectly easy and enjoyable. You just sit, sleep, read, whatever. The trains are comfortable, no hassle and not at all tiring. =)
You can watch a performance, visit the petit museum, sit in on the video theatre and get your photo taken dressed in a Takarazuka costume all in one day.
Starting from nearly anywhere in Japan, you can take the JR line to Osaka. Switching trains in Osaka from the JR station to the Hankyu station is effortless, thanks to the clear signs in English and Japanese. The two stations are connected by a walkway.
Alternately, switch trains to go from Osaka to Takarazuka on the JR line (that is, not switching train stations). If you're unsure about switching trains, just say "Takarazuka" to a rail attendant and he will tell you the platform number you should go to.
Takarazuka Dai Gekijou (Takarazuka Grand Theatre) is about a 7 minute walk from Takarazuka station of the Hankyu rail line. Takarazuka station is the end of the line so you can't miss it. After exiting the train station, you will see a building that is like a shopping mall. The first floor is a passageway lined with shops and has some stairs. Walk straight through this and come out on the other side. (If you cannot use stairs, just walk around the building by the right side. The street curves right but ends up at the opposite side of the shopping building.) Keep going straight along the street. On your right side you'll pass an area of small shoppes set below ground level (to get to them you would go down a little walkway with iron fencing). There are stores along the right side of the street, and you'll soon reach the theatre. It is a large building with ivy growing on it and has the name clearly displayed in English. Takarazuka Bow Hall is attached to Takarazuka Dai Gekijou, as part of the same building.

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