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National Bunraku Theater

1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan
+81 6-6212-2531
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As featured in 3 days in Osaka and 3 other guides
Ranked #9 of 216 Attractions in Osaka
Type: Theaters
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... more » 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. « less
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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Although this was a planned stop on my itinerary, I was thinking more of looking at a "museum" type of display, and watching a show was optional. When I got to the theatre it was almost time for the show but I started with the "museum" part. There wasn't much to see, so I decided to rush and buy a... More

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Denton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Bunraku dates back to the 16th century and was a very appreciated cultural experience. We opted for the audio headsets which translated the narrative into English. We thoroughly enjoyed the show and the music while listening to the story-tellers on the stage. The musicians were absolutely commanding with strong voices, facial expressions and relentless spirit. It is a long program,... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have an interest in drama and loved the theatre!!!!! I did not have enough money on me to hire the english headset (to translate) so i shared with my husband. the first half i saw it in japanese and still it was easy to follow if you just look at the narator and get a feel for his emotions.... More

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