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National Bunraku Theater

161 Reviews

National Bunraku Theater

161 Reviews
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1-12-10, Nippombashi, Chuo, Osaka 542-0073 Osaka Prefecture
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NippombashiOsaka Municipal Subway3 min
KinntetsunipponnbashiRailway4 min
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Osaka - Kansai Soul Private Evening Tour Including Japanese snacks
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Osaka - Kansai Soul Private Evening Tour Including Japanese snacks

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This fun evening tour will take you to the markets and nightlife districts of the underrated city of Osaka. See how locals live, work, and eat in an area well-known in Japan for its culinary variety.  You’ll see a part of the city that tourists normally miss out on with the help of a local English-speaking guide. As this is a private tour, you can go at your own pace and linger at places that interest you the most.
$217.45 per adult
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John Maruyama wrote a review May 2019
Calgary, Canada26 contributions10 helpful votes
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I attended the National Bunraku theatre to see a Bunraku (puppetry performance). Three puppeteers work in unison to make the puppets come alive and a narrator accompanied by a samisen player narrates the story. Absolutely masterful. Highly recommended. Headsets in English are available with a refundable deposit.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Fearless772328 wrote a review Jan 2019
Honolulu, Hawaii34 contributions21 helpful votes
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, it is better to sit as close as possible to the front. Order tickets on-line at National Bunraku Theatre. Earlier is better if you want better seats. 2) There is a small display/museum on the ground floor, where you enter the theatre. Visit this display/museum first before the play to increase your understanding of the genre. 3) The audio guides are a must! Pick them up on the second floor. Cost is Y700 with a Y1000 deposit. They provided not only the narration (I don't think it was a word for word translation), but background information, such as the training for Bunraku performers and explanation of background sets, etc. 4) Buy a bento lunch prior to arrival at the theatre. Although bento lunches are available at the theatre, you can be better variety and price from outside vendors. During intermission and breaks, the theatre goers merely broke out their bentos and ate them in their seats. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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osmosam wrote a review Jan 2019
Sao Paulo, SP13 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Tasrod wrote a review Dec 2018
Hobart, Australia76 contributions30 helpful votes
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 art form. A lost opportunity.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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sukumia wrote a review Nov 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia31 contributions5 helpful votes
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 session of a play unless one is willing to sit long hours to watch a performance. The cost per session is from ¥1000 onwards.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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