Japan Arts Council

  • Bunraku
  • National Bunraku Theatre

Summer vacation Bunraku performance

Performance Date

Saturday, July 20 – Monday, August 12, 2024 
※No performance on Tuesday, July 30 / Tuesday, August 6
※part 1 on July 26 is fully booked

Performance Time

Part1 10:30 - 12:35
Part2 13:30 - 17:25
Part3 18:00 - 20:25
*End times are estimates and could vary.


【Part1: Family Summer Holiday Show】10:30
 -Hyoutanike no Ōnamazu (The Fight with the Giant Catfish of Gourd Pond)
 -Introduction to Bunraku
 -Saiyūki (Monkey: Journey to the West)

  Gogyosan (Mt. Gogyō)
  Hitotsuya (The Lonely House)
【Part2: The Masterpiece of Bunraku】13:30

 -Shō Utsushi Asagao Banashi (The Tale of the Morning Glory)

  Uji Gawa Hotaru Gari (Firefly Viewing on the Uji Rive)
  Akashi no Ura Funa Wakare (The Parting by Boat at Akashi Bay)
  Hamamatsu Koya (The Beggar's Hut at Hamamatsu)
  Shimada no Shuku Waraigusuri (The Laughing Medicine at the Inn in Shimada)
  Yadoya (Jirōzaemon's Room at an Inn in Shimada)
  Ōi Gawa (The Crossing at the Ōi River)

【Part3: The Summer Late Show】18:00
 - Onna Koroshi Abura no Jigoku (The Woman Killer and the Hell of Oil)

  Tokuan Zutsumi (The Tokuan Dike)
  Kawachiya Uchi (The Kawachiya Residence)
  Teshimaya Abura Mise (The Teshimaya Oil Shop)


National Bunraku Theatre
  1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0073
  Tel. +81-6-6212-2531

How To Get Here?

By Trains
 - 1min. walk from Nippombashi Station
   (Exit 7, Osaka Metro Sakaisuji and Sennichimae Lines)
 - 1min. walk from Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station
   (Exit 7, Kintetsu Nara Line)
*You can find a lift at Exit 10.

Ticket Prices (tax included)

Adult 5,000yen / Student 2,500yen / Child (18 years old and under) 2,000yen

Part1 Seating Plan
1st grade 6,700yen (Student 4,600yen) / 2nd grade 4,700yen (Student 4,600yen)
1st grade 5,500yen (Student 3,800yen) / 2nd grade 4,000yen (Student 3,800yen)

Part2, Part3 Seating Plan

*Audio guide: English commentary for Part 2 & 3 through the Audio Guide service will be available, starting from the first day of the performance. (Rental Fee: 800 yen incl. tax)
*Subtitles: Available only in Japanese. Displayed on screen above the stage.
*English synopsis is available. It is included in the paid Japanese program.

Short Trip in Bunraku with Single-Act Ticket
Our regular tickets are to appreciate a whole part of the performance. In addition, we provide singleact tickets to see only one act in short time and at affordable prices. Just drop in and enjoy Bunraku!!

Booking Opens

Online & Telephone : 10:00 Saturday, June 8, 2024
Box Office : 10:00 Sunday, June 9, 2024

Box Office
(From overseas: +81-3-3230-3000)
in Japanese and English
(10:00 - 18:00)

Click here to find the details about how to buy tickets.

Book Online

(updated April 6, 2024)


BUNRAKU is one of the representative traditional performing arts in Japan, designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2003.
Please see An Introduction to Bunraku to learn more about BUNRAKU.