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National Bunraku Theater

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Address: 1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 6-6212-2531
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: One of the few places where bunraku, traditional Japanese pupper theater...
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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If you are staying nearby, drop in and see the puppets

We were staying nearby and the Nippombashi subway was our local stop, so one afternoon we dropped into the National Bunraku Theatre not with the idea to sit through the very long... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We were staying nearby and the Nippombashi subway was our local stop, so one afternoon we dropped into the National Bunraku Theatre not with the idea to sit through the very long play but just to learn a little more from the small exhibit located on site. We found a very welcoming staff member who spoke good English who allowed... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We decided to go to the theatre to get some culture into our trip of Japan and weren't disappointed. It was great to see some traditional Japanese theatre that has been around for centuries. A word of warning though - these performances are LONG. We stayed for part of the performance only (still spent over 2 hours in the theatre... More 

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New York
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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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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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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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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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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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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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