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
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.
- English Audio guides: 700 yen
- Prices depend on the show and are usually for about 1000 yen.
- Opening hours depend on show schedules. Check theatre website.
- 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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2.29% of people who visit Osaka include National Bunraku Theatre in their plan
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Foreigners are only allowed to sit in the last two rows of the theatre, even half the place is empty they refuse to sell foreigners other tickets. As a foreigner you are also not allowed to enter the hall right away. You are required to wait in a separate area while the Japanese alone enter without being “disturbed” my foreigners. Some look at you with resentment anyway. It’s also really hard to follow the performance from those backseats. The whole thing is, sadly, legal in Japan. Even more it is very sad to read positive reviews of Americans here who were so ignorant not to realizes the racial segregation at the theatre. They should know better. Well, all of us should.
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.
Unique experience of Japan culture. Must have!
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.