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Four ways to increase your enjoyment of Bunraku!

We attended the 11:00 performance of the Bunraku theatre which lasted until 3:15. It was... read more

Reviewed January 26, 2019
A Fascinating Puppet Opera performance

A must do in Osaka, the Japanese capital of Bunraku. A top opera type performance, with each puppet... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1-12-10 Nippombashi Chuoku, Nippombashi, Chuo, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed January 26, 2019

We attended the 11:00 performance of the Bunraku theatre which lasted until 3:15. It was fantastic! Here are four ways to increase your enjoyment of the Bunraku performance: 1) As the puppets are not life size, costuming exquisite, and hand movements of the puppets extraordinary,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Fearless772328
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

A must do in Osaka, the Japanese capital of Bunraku. A top opera type performance, with each puppet manipulated by three puppeteers, playing century olds Japanese operas, sang by fantastic singers, under the stupendous sound of the three strings instrument: the Shamisen.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank osmosam
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

I was hoping the theatre would have a display, exhibition or tour when there weren't performances on. I was disappointed upon visiting that there was nothing of the sort. It would be advantageous to use puppets and scenery to show visitors a glimpse of this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tasrod
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

An interesting experience for visitors to enjoy Japanese puppet art form. A synopsis of the play and an audio guide is available for non Japanese speakers. Amazing vocals and great detail is taken to perform a single play. It is enough to watch a single...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

We had an amazing visit and if you are considering to attend, my recommendation is to attend at least once in your life. Here are my tips, which are similar to other reviews. Buy tickets in advance on-line for either part one or part two....More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank GroovyM
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

You can buy one act tickets on the day of the show. Box office opens at 10am. The single act seats are at the back and the side, but slightly raised over the centre, so the view of the stage and the narrator & musician...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank CaseyBe
Reviewed September 21, 2018

I really wanted to watch Bunraku (Japanese traditional doll show). and the dream came true for 3 years ago. I was impressed to watch the show which name is "double suicide in Sonezaki" and "Kusunoki fairy tale'. They have English and Japanese guide so you...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank miyumiyupowerjp
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I wasn't expecting much from the National Bunraku Theater's performance, but it was quite beautiful and engaging. They have translation devices in several different languages, so you can enjoy the show even if you don't understand Japanese. The show features several puppeteers and shamisen players....More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Daniel P
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

I really wanted to see a Japanese puppet show while in Osaka and this theatre did not disappoint. Apparently the show runs all day, lasting many hours. However we saw just one act and felt it was sufficient. The act ran from 2pm-330pm. English audio...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank raykz
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

After i eat a nice lunch, i am going to this theater, National Bunraku Theater, with just 6000 yen or 2400 yen in the last two or three seat in the back, you can see how interesting this puppet show, traditional show mixed with modern...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank DimasLaksani
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July 18, 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