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Tourist Attractions and Experiences

National Bunraku Theatre

A theater where Bunraku, a traditional art of Japan that has been designated as one of the world's intangible cultural assets, can be enjoyed.

Basic information

The National Bunraku Theatre opened in April 1984 as a base to preserve, develop and pass on the traditional art forms of the Kamigata (Osaka-Kyoto) area, especially the art of ningyo joruri Bunraku, or puppet drama. The theater houses many facilities, including the main theater, a training institution and archives for historical materials. The building was constructed with a mix of tradition and modernity, with key elements from traditional Edo Era architecture incorporated abstractly throughout the design. The theater also uses modern technology in the stage and its functions to enhance the traditional characteristics of a Bunraku performance. Each of the plays performed here usually has about a two week run, and only a few plays are staged each year. During days without performances, the theater is also used for projects aimed at the preservation and promotion of traditional arts. Other types of traditional performance are also sometimes held.

  • Location

    〒 542-0073 1-12-10 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
  • Fax

    06-6212-1091
  • Tel

    06-6212-2531
  • Closed

    1 uncheduled closure/month
  • Open

    Varies by performance
    Exhibition hall 10:00 - 18:00
  • Price

    Varies by performance (exhibition hall free)
  • Languages

    English
  • Directions

    1-minute walk from Nippombashi Station on the Osaka Metro Sennichimae and Sakaisuji Lines
  • URL

    http://www.ntj.jac.go.jp/english.html
  • Tour guide

    Audio guides available
  • Restaurant Available
  • Barrier Free

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