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Beautiful traditional performance

I wasn't expecting much from the National Bunraku Theater's performance, but it was quite beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel P
Little taste of Japanese culture

I really wanted to see a Japanese puppet show while in Osaka and this theatre did not disappoint... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2018
Montreal, Canada
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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, Chuo-ku, Nippombashi, Chuo, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-2531
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

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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

2  Thank DimasLaksani
Reviewed May 3, 2018

We purchased a single-act ticket (with about 2 minutes before the show started, I might add) and ducked out after a few minutes to grab the English audio guide. You really cannot enjoy the show much without it I quickly discovered (unless you're fluent in...More

3  Thank travelling_bumblebee
Reviewed May 1, 2018

Bunraku is the Japanese national puppet theater and can be a full day event. If all day is too long and you would still like to see some of the performance you can purchase a single act ticket. There is a nice exhibition room downstairs...More

2  Thank Alice L
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

A genuine Japanese cultural heritage puppet show not to be missed! 4 acts which started in 1700s. 4.5 hours long and you can bring your bento boxes. The actors were wonderful, truly one of the iconic treasures of Japan. You Must Check it out!

1  Thank Lolasuejen
Reviewed December 15, 2017

Absolutely brilliant! In Osaka, do yourself a favour and take in a bunraku program. Bunraku: "Japanese puppet theater in which puppeteers, dressed in black and visible to the audience, manipulate large puppets to the accompaniment of a chanted narration and musical instruments." [Dictionary.com] Bunraku dates...More

11  Thank Larry B
Reviewed August 7, 2017

The puppetry is amazing! The stories are typical of Japan in that they are about conquering (some, rather violently). I feel this is more of an adult type of experience because the two plays we saw, one dealt with virgins being captured and a fight...More

4  Thank Lee Y
Reviewed July 10, 2017

This is a very long performance, and we left at intermission. We made the mistake of not getting the headsets that would have provided a translation of the performance as well as information on the theater. It was interesting, but I suspect that with translation...More

7  Thank lespes
Reviewed June 20, 2017

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.

1  Thank robinsonashleigh
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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