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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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Ranked #1 of 217 Attractions in Osaka
4.5 of 5 stars 58 Reviews
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of the few places where bunraku, traditional Japanese pupper theater, can be enjoyed, this...
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.

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New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This theater offers Bunraku AKA Joruri puppetry by Gidayu masters. Some stories are same as Kabuki plays, but this is performed by singing along Shamisen. It is long and hard to understand the lyrics, so you have to either love or interested in this type of art. Hiroshi Sugimoto (artist) produced a remake of old Bunraku and toured in Europe... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a must see in Osaka. There is an English translation headphone which is a must. We bought tickets for one act and it was a couple of hours. The only disadvantage is that the seats are in the far back for one act. In hindsight I would have purchased tickets up closer and left at intermission. It is... More 

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San Jose. Ca.
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Enjoyed a performance of this classical Art. Tickets we easy to get on spot worth while in my opinon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

If you are interested in arts and would like to learn more about a traditional form of art - puppetry in this case - born in Osaka, this is the place to go.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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15 reviews 15 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

While Bunraku puppets are one of Japan's great serious theatrical art forms, and are often mentioned along with Kabuki and Noh, they are much more accessible to foreign visitors. Tickets are affordable and easy to come by. Plays are highly varied and offer English headphone translation. Make sure to sit close to the stage, on the right if possible, and... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Purchased tickets as I had heard it was wonderful. I was not disappointed by the amazing puppetry and theater, but no one warned me about the length of performance. The play I attended was 4 hours in total. While amazing it was honestly just too long. BUT, I'd still suggest you go. It is a national icon, and quite frankly... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We travelled across town to here and really wished we had not bothered, the exhibition was in a single small room, uninspiring. We tried to see if there was a show on during our visit, but it seemed not. Disappointing.

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Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Each puppet is manipulated by three puppeteers in the show, which enables the puppet to move like a human. If you are visiting Osaka, check out their schedule on their website. If you are lucky, bunraku is on the theater during your stay there. Don't forget that professional bunraku can be seen in limited periods mainly in Osaka and Tokyo.

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Renton, Washington
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71 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I'm certainly not a theater/Broadway type of person, so I typically would not visit this type of venue. However, I knew it was a unique aspect of Japanese culture and theater, so I decided to visit anyway. I purchased the tickets online - at the lowest rate (I recall it was 2300 yen), i.e. worst seats, and hoped for the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Bunraku Theater is a nice touch to Japanese culture. If you don't understand Japanese language better take an English libretto and read it thoroughly before the performance begins. Dolls are expensive looking and the show is great itself. There will be a short break and you can it some food you bring with you or buy it from a... More 

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