National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka

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Address: Japan, 〒542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nipponbashi, 1−12−10

Phone: +81-662122531

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About National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka

Bunraku puppet theatre is one of Japan's finest cultural offerings. This facility serves as the headquarters of the art form in Japan, which is fitting, as Osaka has been the Bunraku capital for centuries. The shows involve a puppeting team, musicians, and a narrator. Performances are usually held only on specific months, for three weeks at a time. These are January, April, June, July, August and November. Non-Japanese theatre-goers can avail themselves of English audio-guides with recordings that are perfectly synced to the performance. There are two halls, one for the main shows and the other for related arts performances. Check the theatre website for performance schedules.

National Bunraku Theatre Ticket Prices

  • English Audio guides: 700 yen
  • Prices depend on the show and are usually for about 1000 yen.

National Bunraku Theatre Opening and Closing Hours

  • Opening hours depend on show schedules. Check theatre website.

How To reach National Bunraku Theatre by Public Transport

  • Sakaisuji Line, Sen-Nichimae Line stop Nippombashi Station.
  • Midosuji Line, Sen-Nichimae Line, Yotsubashi Line stop Namba Station.
  • Bus 73 stop Nihonbashi chome (bus).

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National Bunraku Theatre, Osaka Reviews

  • Japanese culture is brought to life in theatres like these. Puppets play out stories that were written by the best in Japan. The plays are long and serious and wonderful. The foyer has many little shops from where you can purchase Bento boxs to eat in the intervals of long plays. An essential experience for those wanting to dive into Japanese culture.

  • You can get a one session ticket on the day for about 1000¥. This is a good opportunity if you are curious about the genre. I found the audioguide didn't provide translations of the dialogue, only the narration. It was therefore less engaging as a lot of the Japanese content was unavailable. I wouldn't recommend this if you don't understand Japanese.

  • What a theatre! Staff is friendly and the shows are amazing. As a tourist I've been to one of the final Bunraku acts, which was quite the experience. Definitely recommended for tourists in Osaka!

  • A nice experience if you appreciate traditional performing arts. The plays are pretty long, but there are tickets for small parts too.Audio-guides available in English. Very worthy since there is a lot of speaking. Funny to see all those old people wearing nice clothes and ready for 'a night at the theater' and then many of the families sleeping during the performance. Don't forget to step by the small museum before the play so you can see how the marionettes are made and controlled!

  • Good place to enjoy Bunrak, but not too many related product to buy. If but DVD, make sure it can be played in your country.

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