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National Bunraku Theater

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Address: 1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6212-2531
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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One of the few places where bunraku, traditional Japanese pupper theater,...

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.

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An excellent example of intangible cultural heritage

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 little extra for an English audio guide, if Yu bring your own head phones you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 repertoire seems to be from the 18th- and 19th-centuries. The most important caution I want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 friends also helped us with a synopsis. The experience was unforgettable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 an English audio guide to understand the full story, context, symbolism, and action on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Had human sized puppets that are handled by puppeteers who dressed in black. Fun and interesting for all ages. The show is divided into several sections, you can choose to watch one or add sections. Bus pass holder may be able to get a discount, don't forget to ask

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Attending a performance at the National Bunraku Puppet Theatre in Osaka is a highlight. Check the schedules in advance, as the troupe only performs at certain times of the year. It is fascinating to see and hear how the troupe works together to bring these puppets to life. You haven't seen teamwork and discipline until you have seen one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

The National Bunraku Theater in Osaka is located on Nippombashi Street near the Nippombashi subway station. This is around the busy Dotonbori district. I had heard of the Bunraku art form many years ago, so this was one of the first places I "bee lined" toward upon our arrival in Osaka. Bunraku is a large sized puppet show. The puppets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

If you are in Osaka and have the opportunity to see a real Bunraku performance at this venue - do it. The plays are rather long at around 4 hours which is a bit daunting,but there is plenty going on and it is very interesting to watch the narrator or singer(s) and shamisen players telling the story-even if you don't... More 

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