National Bunraku Theater

Sightseeing information about National Bunraku Theater in Japan.

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This national theater is designed to exclusively show the traditional puppet-mastery of bunraku. Each puppet is manipulated by three puppeteers - one operating the feet, another the left hand, and the main artist the head and the right hand. The performance is accompanied by the narrator and the shamisen player.

There are two performances a day, each lasting about 4 hours. Don't forget that the theater is usually open for 3-week runs in January, April, June, July/August and November. Single act tickets are available at the counter on the same day. English pamphlet and audio guide are available.

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4.0a year ago

Worth a visit even if you don’t watch a show! Free small and informative exhibit about Bunraku (Japanese Puppet Theatre essentially), I didn’t catch any show but it was still fascinating to read about every aspect of putting the show together. There’s also free wifi, a toilet and nice seats if you want to make it a pit stop.

5.09 months ago

Nice athmosphere, interesting plays. Has bigger and smaller halls to see plays. Liked it. If you want to learn Japanese culture, you should definately see Japanese cultural dancing and singing.

5.0a year ago

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.

5.0a year ago

We had such a wonderful time watching the Bunraku show and learning about the theatre. The English guidance was really great too.

4.09 months ago

A really nice theatre with very traditional bunraku. The puppets are much smaller than many would expect, but that's due to the traditional technique. Invest in binoculars and a headset. It's worth it.

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