National Bunraku Theatre
- Address: Japan, 〒542-0073 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nipponbashi, １−１２−１０
- Phone: +81-662122531
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Stage Show, Theatre, Family And Kids
National Bunraku Theatre - Review
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
Absolutely a must do in Osaka. We saw the 11.00 show and it was a fantastic experience. The puppetry and music are outstanding. Definitely get the English headphones for narration, they also include general details and history of bunraku.
I've seen about a dozen shows here (some bunraku, some gagaku and one kabuki performance) and all of them were topnotch.
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.
It was a lot of fun but can be frustrating to get tickets. You have to be there to buy them and they seem to sell out quickly even on slow days. I'd also strongly recommend getting a translator if you don't speak Japanese.