National Bunraku Theatre


Art & Leisure


Osaka is the home of bunraku (a traditional Japanese form of theatre, which features large puppets on stage and narrative recited off stage) and in 1984 this 750-seat theatre was opened to keep the art alive. English-language summaries and audio guides assist you in keeping up with the storylines, but it’s enough just to watch the action and marvel at the expressions eked out of these puppets made of wood and cloth. There are several bunraku runs a year, with other forms of theatre filling the gaps in the schedule.

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Review updated October 2009



Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Transport Nipponbashi station (Sakaisuji line).

Telephone 066 212 2531

Open Shows vary.

Admission Admission ¥2,300-¥5,800.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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