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National Bunraku Theater

1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-2531
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So cultural

Really enjoyed attending the National Bunraku Theatre. It was cultural, colourful and musical. Even... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
North Ryde, Australia
Truly an art-form

We weren't quite sure what to expect from Bunraku but decided to give it a go based on the... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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One of the few places where bunraku, traditional Japanese pupper theater, can be enjoyed, this theater combines the latest in theater technology with architectural elements from the Edo period in Japan.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good30%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-2531
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really enjoyed attending the National Bunraku Theatre. It was cultural, colourful and musical. Even though it wasn't in English, it didn't matter - it was a truly unique Japanese experience.

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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We weren't quite sure what to expect from Bunraku but decided to give it a go based on the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. It was definitely worth seeing this incredible art form that is hundreds of years old! The puppets were so beautiful and intricate,...More

2  Thank Mousa2015
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Bunraku is recognised as one of very few intangiable cultural heritage traditions in the world and after seeing it there is no surprises as to why. An amazing experiences steeped in tradition. I would highly recommend this to all travellers to Osaka. Definitely splurge the...More

1  Thank eloisehoffman
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Bunraku was for sure a very interesting form of art! Never seen anything like that before. Unfortunately you couldn't understand what they were saying (obviously) if you don't speak japanese... But interesting indeed!

1  Thank Elina K
Reviewed 26 July 2016

An afternoon at the National Bunraku Theater was a highlight of our trip to Japan. Bunraku began in Osaka and is drawn from kabuki theatrical traditions. It uses elaborate puppets--large ones, maybe half the size of people--and scenery to act out serious dramas. The main...More

7  Thank NGfromPGH
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

What a place and what an experience!! Enjoyed the elegant and meticulous performance of this traditional puppet art. All of the performance was in Japanese and it grows on you. Ushers brought us a. English translation of the story which made it more enjoyable. Our...More

Thank Venkat C
Reviewed 10 May 2016

I enjoyed the performance, even though those puppets creep me out a little. The music, costuming, etc, was a great visual.

1  Thank Jillian T
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Kabuki mixed with the tireless detail of Japanese arts are featured in Bunraku. These are serious plays (same plays performed in kabuki) acted out with elaborate puppets. You can easily get lost in the story and the fine detail of the puppets. Definitely pick up...More

3  Thank ctro
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Had human sized puppets that are handled by puppeteers who dressed in black. Fun and interesting for all ages. The show is divided into several sections, you can choose to watch one or add sections. Bus pass holder may be able to get a discount,...More

2  Thank Pik-Kwan C
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Attending a performance at the National Bunraku Puppet Theatre in Osaka is a highlight. Check the schedules in advance, as the troupe only performs at certain times of the year. It is fascinating to see and hear how the troupe works together to bring these...More

5  Thank Kiku2
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Will be in Osaka Late October to mid November 2016. Are there performances scheduled?
19 July 2016|
Response from Pik-Kwan C | Reviewed this property |
I think the Autumn Banraku schedule starts Oct 29- Nov 20. There is website, English version. Just make sure you choose the right theater. The site is for several theaters in Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka. The website... More
We are in Osaka with a guide for a few days but will have one day (May 9th) on our own. We would like to see the Bunraku Theatre but have some questions: Times of performances? Cost of well-located tickets? Is there some form of translation for non-Japanese speakers? How do we book? What is the nearest train station? (we are by Juso station) Many thanks for any help you can provide.
7 May 2016|
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Response from Pik-Kwan C | Reviewed this property |
It is not far from Nihonbashi subway station. The station attendant always helpful to show you where to go. The signs and map t the station are very clear. We just walked in to get ticket. If you want better seats... More