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National Bunraku Theater

1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-2531
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Very interesting and beautiful

The puppetry is amazing! The stories are typical of Japan in that they are about conquering (some... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Lee Y
Lumberton, New Jersey
Might have been exceptional

This is a very long performance, and we left at intermission. We made the mistake of not getting... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Redlands, Ca
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6212-2531
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Reviewed 7 August 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

3  Thank Lee Y
Reviewed 10 July 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

2  Thank lespes
Reviewed 21 June 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.

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Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We weren't quite sure what to expect from Bunraku but decided to give it a go based on the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. It was definitely worth seeing this incredible art form that is hundreds of years old! The puppets were so beautiful and intricate,...More

5  Thank Mousa2015
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Bunraku is recognised as one of very few intangiable cultural heritage traditions in the world and after seeing it there is no surprises as to why. An amazing experiences steeped in tradition. I would highly recommend this to all travellers to Osaka. Definitely splurge the...More

1  Thank eloisehoffman
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Bunraku was for sure a very interesting form of art! Never seen anything like that before. Unfortunately you couldn't understand what they were saying (obviously) if you don't speak japanese... But interesting indeed!

1  Thank Elina K
Reviewed 26 July 2016

An afternoon at the National Bunraku Theater was a highlight of our trip to Japan. Bunraku began in Osaka and is drawn from kabuki theatrical traditions. It uses elaborate puppets--large ones, maybe half the size of people--and scenery to act out serious dramas. The main...More

11  Thank NGfromPGH
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

What a place and what an experience!! Enjoyed the elegant and meticulous performance of this traditional puppet art. All of the performance was in Japanese and it grows on you. Ushers brought us a. English translation of the story which made it more enjoyable. Our...More

Thank Venkat C
Reviewed 10 May 2016

I enjoyed the performance, even though those puppets creep me out a little. The music, costuming, etc, was a great visual.

1  Thank Jillian T
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Kabuki mixed with the tireless detail of Japanese arts are featured in Bunraku. These are serious plays (same plays performed in kabuki) acted out with elaborate puppets. You can easily get lost in the story and the fine detail of the puppets. Definitely pick up...More

3  Thank ctro
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19 July 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
7 May 2016|
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Response from Pik-Kwan C | Reviewed this property |
It is not far from Nihonbashi subway station. The station attendant always helpful to show you where to go. The signs and map t the station are very clear. We just walked in to get ticket. If you want better seats... More