Awaji Puppet Theatre & Bunraku Viewing
Puppet shows that began as Shinto rituals in Awaji Island are spreading throughout Japan!
Awaji Puppet Theatre
The Awaji Puppet Theatre has a history that spans over 500 years. Three people in each group operate a single puppet, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that the performances that carry with them an elegant tone and that have been passed down for generations are the essence of Japan's proud performing arts. The puppets that are shown to be even more animated than humans express emotional drama that invites spectators to a dream world.
The Awaji Puppet Theatre Company is the permanent venue for the Awaji Puppet Theatre. Inside a theatre lit by paper lanterns, they conduct four performances per day every day. Use the translated audio guide to listen to the program's story before the performance begins. If you understand the story beforehand, you are sure to better enjoy the performance.
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The backstage tour was very interesting and also the play involving the snow was stunning. The puppet, the snow, the temperature of the room, the music and the background gave life to the play. It felt so real.
Access to the backstage and talks with the theater representant
Irene Comas Chercoles
Explanations at the backstage and learn how they move the puppet
The explanation of how they move the part of the puppets and the behind the scenes explanations where great! I learned a lot.
This was AWESOME! Got to experience Japanese puppet theatre by having everything explained by the people that have been working on/behind the stage for a whole life. Beautiful, a must do when in Japan!
Backstage access and learning about the stage and puppets from the masters was a real highlight of the tour
Going backstage and getting to talk with the main actor was the best time of the whole trip. He was very knowledgeable and nice. Ningyo-joruri was something I had never seen before and a total Discovery, which is what I'm looking for during trip.
Great entertainment, the backstage access was really interesting!
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- Name of facility
- Awaji Puppet Theatre
- Name of experience
- View a Awaji Puppet Theatre performance
- 1528-1 Fukurako, Minamiawaji City, Hyogo 656-0501
- Business hours
Performance start times: 10:00 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Extra performances: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. *The extra performances are for groups of 30 or more people, and a reservation is required 15 days in advance.
- Off days
- Wednesdays (December 25th–31st is the New Year's closure. There are also temporary closures.)
- Admission fee: Adults: 1,800 yen, junior high and high school students: 1,300 yen, elementary school students: 1,000 yen, young children (ages 3 and up): 300 yen
- Payment methods
- Cash only
- Number of guests accepted (groups)
- From 1 person
- Telephone number
- Multilingual support
- None (There is a translated audio guide service to explain the story.)
- Official Website
- Official Website(English)