National Bunraku Theatre

National Bunraku Theatre © Iry

Description of the National Bunraku Theater

The National Bunraku Theater, located in Osaka, consists of a large and a small theater as well as an exhibition hall. It opened in 1984 as the fourth national theater of Japan. The large hall holds "ningyo-joruri or bunraku (puppet ballad-drama)," recognized by UENSCO as an intangible cultural heritage, and other plays and dances. The theater's small hall, "Engei (traditional popular performing arts)" such as rakugo (comic storytelling), manzai (comic dialogue), rokyoku (naniwabushi recitation), etc. is held. You can check the performance schedule on the official website (Japanese/English). Anyone with an interest in traditional Japanese performing arts should visit the theater.

How to buy a ticket

You can buy a ticket of performances online, at the box office, through the theater's Ticket Center, or a ticket agency. You can book a ticket online via the official website of National Bunraku Theater. When buying a ticket through the official website, both an entrance fee and a membership registration (no annual fees) are required. The box office of the National Bunraku Theater is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Ticket Center also accepts reservations by phone from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Ticket agencies such as Ticket PIA, e-plus, and Lawson Ticket handle tickets to the theater as well. When buying from a ticket agency, make a phone reservation or book online, then pay at a convenience store, etc. to get your ticket issued.


As National Bunraku Theater does not have a parking lot, you may as well use public transportation to visit there. It is located right outside of the No. 7 exit of Nihonbashi station of the Sakaisuji Line, Sennichimae Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway.

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Description: National Bunraku Theatre

Sights National Bunraku Theatre (国立文楽劇場)
Address 1-12-10 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / Fax Phone: 06-6212-2531
Duration 1Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: National Bunraku Theatre