Like most other parts of the nōgaku stage, the main stage (honbutai) is made of Japanese cypress wood (hinoki). It is square in shape, measuring approximately 5.9 sq. Meters. Traditionally, large clay pots were placed under the main stage to amplify sound. The main stage can be divided into nine named sections that help actors to navigate the stage. Some key locations on the main stage are the jōza (upstage right), the wakiza (downstage left), daishōmae (upstage center), and shōnaka (center stage). These are the areas where the majority of the action will occur.
These are the names for each section: