Movies / Theater / Hall / Live House Spots in Osaka Area

  • National Bunraku Theatre
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    4.5
    161 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-12-10
    The National Bunraku Theatre, which opened in 1984, is located in the Chuo Ward of Osaka City. The 753-seat Large Hall is mainly used for performances of Ningyo Joruri (Bunraku) puppet theatre, one of Japan’s traditional performing arts; it is also used as a venue for theatrical productions, dance performances, etc. The Small Hall is used for performances of Rakugo, Manzai, Rokyoku (Naniwa-bushi recitation), etc. The National Bunraku Theatre also holds special performances for schoolchildren etc. who may not be familiar with Bunraku, with explanations. The Exhibition Hall in the National Bunraku Theatre has permanent exhibitions of books etc. relating to the history of Bunraku, as well as holding special thematic exhibitions.

    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...

  • Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre
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    4.0
    77 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-9-19
    This theater located in Dotonbori 1 Chome is modeled after Milan's Scala Theatre, and opened in 1923 as Japan's first steel and reinforced concrete cinema. Its neo-Renaissance-style arch in the main entrance is impressive. The first floor has a European-style entrance, the second floor lobby has shops and sofas, and there are 1,033 seats from the third to fifth floors. In addition, while the exterior was left the same, the facilities with updated and reopened in 1997. Centered on kabuki performances, dramas and Shochiku comedies, the theatre holds operas, musicals and concerts.

    We were excited to go to see a live Kabuki performance......but it was not what we expected.......we asked what was showing....my friend speaks Japanese......and paid for one act........NO photos are...

  • Tenma Tenjin Hanjo Tei
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-34
    An entertainment hall dedicated to rakugo traditional comedic storytelling which opened in 2006 and the only dedicated rakugo facility in the Osaka-Kyoto area. Rakugo masters belonging to the Kamigata Rakugo Association perform daily. The matinee program changes weekly while the evening show changes daily. The theater seats up to 216 and attendees can enjoy the performances of young newcomers and veterans up close and personal. The theater also provides “yose” variety shows featuring magicians and manzai comedy duos. Outside, the theater is decorated with a red rickshaw, a recreation of the one used by Katsura Harudanji I, and this has become a popular spot for taking commemorative photos. The closest station is Minamimorimachi Station.

    This was my first time to see Yose, Rakugo, comedy story telling & shows. If you speak Japanese, I should say this or Yose must to go place!! Only 2500 for about three hours show!! I guess they...

  • Osakajo Hall
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Osakajou 3-1
    Situated inside Osaka Castle Park in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, this is the largest event hall in western Japan with a capacity of 16,000 people. It was built in 1983 as the site of the “Osaka Chikujo 400-year Festival,” and the main part of the building was built underground out of consideration for the surrounding scenery. Aside from the arena, there are several halls and restaurants on the site. Popular domestic and overseas artists’ concerts and various ceremonies are held here, as well as a number of events attended by a large number of people throughout the year.
  • Dotonbori ZAZA
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-7-21 Kobayashi Building B1
    Dotonbori ZAZA located in the first below ground floor of Nakaza Cuidaore Building in downtown Dotonbori in Minami district of Osaka is a theater divided into two halls; “HOUSE” and “POCKET’S”. It holds live comedy by young performers daily as well as a range of events such as rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling), theatrical performances, and music. “HOUSE” accommodates up to about 150 people and “POCKET’S” can hold up to about 80 people. The stage and audience are close enough to enjoy immersive entertainment. The closest station is Namba Station.

    My family and I enjoyed the musical so much, we kept singing the theme song gotta gotta! all the way back to our home country! Kudos to the five actors and also to their kind manager who went out...

  • Kishiwada City Namikiri Hall
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Osaka Kishiwadashi Minatomidorimachi 1-1
    The multipurpose hall is approximately ten-minutes by foot from Kishiwada Station. It was opened in April, 2002 as a symbol of the Kishiwada Bay Area and looks over Osaka Bay. In the building you'll find various sized halls, a multipurpose hall, a cultural exchange hall, conference rooms, and studios. When arranged for its primary use of the appreciation of traditional Japanese performance art the main hall holds 1,552 seats but it can be rearranged to serve a multitude of functions, anything from theater, opera, ballet and classical concerts to conventions.

    4階の会議場を利用しました。廊下からは海が見渡せて心地よいですね。毎日のように地元のおじいちゃんっぽい人が歩き回っていて少し不気味ですが…

  • Minato-machi River Place
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Minatomachi 1-3-1
    Exiting the underground Nanba Station from exit 26-B, you will see a building resembling an octagonal UFO across the Hanshin Expressway. The Minato-machi River Place is a facility complex built around the Live House, Namba Hatch. Various live events including rock and hip-hop are held in this building. There are also three plazas set up outside for use as outdoor event zones. Mini live events, exhibitions and other events, such as flea markets are also held here. The Dotonbori river flows past the complex, and with its beautiful nighttime views, is a popular date spot.

    JRなんば駅の付近にあります。 少しわかりづらい場所にあるからか、人通りは少なめ…… なにをするでもなく、階段でのんびりしている人が多いです。 ここに繋がる地下道は、薄暗くて閑散としていて、ちょっと心細い感じです。

  • Subaru Hall
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
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    Osaka Tondabayashishi Sakuragaokachou 2-8
    Subaru Hall is an eight-minute walk from the Kintetsu Nagano Line's Kawanishi Station. It is a multipurpose facility, located to the east of Meijiike Park, with a residential area between the two. The large hall has room to seat 806 people, and the small hall can accommodate up to 2,50 people. Both halls are venues for events such as live performances, concerts and theatrical performances. The planetarium's domed ceiling gives a complete view of the starry sky and the domed ceiling also doubles a giant movie screen. Business meetings are also held in the facility, in addition to lectures and activities organized by the public.

    富田林市主催のコンサートなどを開催しているほか、プラネタリウムがあります。小さな子どもがいる家族連れの方には良い施設かもしれませんが、車でないと行けない場所にあることが難点です。

  • Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Chayamachi 19-1
    The Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall is located inside the Chayamachi Applause in Chayamachi. It was previously known as the Umeda Koma Theater. It moved to its current location from the west of the HEP FIVE building in 1992 and in 2005 it was renamed. You can enjoy a wide variety of performances from Takarazuka Revues, plays, modern and classic musicals, opera, and ballet. The auditorium holds 1,905 seats with a large chandelier in the center. You can enter on the first and second floors with a lobby on each floor, as well as shops and restaurants.
  • Yoshimoto Manzai Theater
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 12-7 YES-NAMBA Building 5F
    Originally named the 5up Yoshimoto theater, this center for young comedians was reopened in December 2014 after remodeling. The manzai and other comedic shows held here feature up-and-coming young and currently popular Yoshimoto entertainers, key Yoshimoto players, and comedic veterans, and the theater’s programs include a 120 minute “yose” variety theater which includes performances by the newest of the new comedians. Seating up to 305, the theater is notable for the closeness with which audience members can enjoy the acts on stage. The Namba Grand Kagetsu is located opposite the theater and both are visited by large numbers of tourists. The closest station is Namba Station.

    漫才が安くで見れます。 客層は女性が多く、特に若いお笑い好きの女子が多いです。 いつの時代もお笑い好きな女子はいるもんだなーと思いました。 内装はきれいですし、客席も広く、落ち着いて座れて良いと思います。 スケジュールはネットで見ることができます!

  • The Phoenix Hall
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nishitenma 4-15-10 Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance inside Phoenix Tower
    This is a concert hall in the Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Phoenix Tower. It's near the junction of the Keihan National Route and Midosuji, and also near JR Osaka Station. It seats a maximum of 335. Behind the stage is a massive window, and the view from atop the tower sets a wonderful atmosphere for the audience. Performances are mostly highly artistic, with lots of western Classical music featured. There are also more casual musical events, such as Teatime Concerts with drinks and snacks.

    高層ビルとは言いませんが割と高いビルの中にある音楽ホールです。あいおいニッセイ同和損保が運営しているらしく「ザ フェニックスホール」の名と並列に表記されていました。梅田新道交差点に有ります。

  • Club Joule
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi 2-11-7 Minamiyaruya Town Building 2-4F
    This venerable all-genre club is one of Osaka's largest in scale, and offers a huge range of club music like trance, hip hop, psych, reggae, and more. The interior is built around a wide, spacious dance floor, with DJ booths, stages, and bar counters. The sound equipment is all top quality, including TW Audio speakers, offering up impressive, high impact but clear sound for its many clubgoers.

    I went to this club last night friends expecting to have a good time, having been to other clubs in the area before. Prices at the door were 3,000 yen, so not bad but then they make you pay 3,600 yen...

  • Kawachinagano City Foundation of Culture Lovely Hall
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Osaka Kawachinaganoshi Nishidaichou 12-46
    This multipurpose hall is located seven minutes' walk from the Nankai Koya Line's Kawachinagano Station. The hall's nickname Lovely Hall was chosen by the public. Various events, such as concerts, movies and plays are held here. The large hall (seating 1,308 people) has an orchestra pit, and the small hall (seating 464 people), conference rooms, a rehearsal room and a sound recording. Rooms are available to be used for a fee, on a time-based system. Many people also visit the hall for regular dance lessons and fitness and yoga classes.

    広い多目的ホールでした。今日は友人が所属しているオーケストラを見に行きました。館内は綺麗で、全席までの距離がゆったりとってあって、満席でも窮屈ではありませんでした。駅から10分程度は、雨でなければお散歩にちょうど良い距離でした。

  • Umeda Arts Theater
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Chayamachi 19-1
    This underground theater is located in the Umeda Arts Theater, inside Chaya-machi's Chaya-machi Applause Tower. It has 898 seats, half that of the main hall, but because of this, the seats are that much closer to the stage, giving the audience a much more intimate view of the performances here. The theater is primarily used for non-musical plays, but musical performances are also held here, and it is also a venue for Takarazuka Revue amateur performances, Youth Theater Japan performances and by the Rakugo Asahi East-West Association and Kamigata Rakugo performances. There is a bar with a counter in the lobby, where visitors can relax before performances begin and during the interludes.
  • Shinkabukiza Theater
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Uehonmachi 6-5-13
    "The Shinkabukiza Theater has convenient, direct access to and from Kintetsu Railway's Osaka Uehommachi Station. Part of the appeal of this theater is that the audience members are very close to the performers on stage. The Shinkabukiza Theater hosts a wide range of difference types of performance, from Manzai (stand-up comedy performed by a pair of comedians) to performances by popular singers. The original Shinkabukiza Theater, which had become rather dilapidated, was closed in 2009, and the Theater moved into its current premises, which opened for the first performance in 2010. For the Kokeraotoshi (inaugural performances in a new theater), the ""21st Century Kabuki Gumi"" troupe performed ""Taiko Sanbaso"" and ""Yoshitsune Senbonzakura Yoshino Yama."""
  • Billboard Live OSAKA
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Umeda 2-2-22 Herbis PLAZA ENT B2
    A live music club and restaurant located inside the HERBIS PLAZA ENT mall in front of Nishi-Umeda Station in Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Located one floor B1 and connected via an underground passageway, here customers can enjoy a meal while watching live performances by artists from a variety of genres. The table and counter seating areas are unreserved and customers can sit anywhere they like. There's also a members' seating area, box seats, and casual self-service area which includes one drink.

    国内外のトップアーティストのステージを間近に見ることができます。カジュアル席ではビルボードの豪華な食事は頂けませんが、ドリンク込みで、カウンター席で気軽に音楽を楽しめます。

  • Circus Osaka
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi 1-8-16 Nakanishi Building 2F
    Near to Yotsubashi Station, this club is inside Americamura and is a great place to enjoy techno and house music, especially bass-focused music like dubstep and Drum & Bass. Every weekend they host popular artist(s), from in or out of Japan, for a live event with lots of high-energy crowds!

    Osaka has good vibes and also has so many place for clubbing. This one has amazing sound system, Good events and good DJs!! If you are looking for the place for clubbing, I highly recommend to visit...

  • Higashiosaka City Children's Culture and Sports Center Dream 21
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    Osaka Higashiosakashi Matsubaraminami 2-7-21
    "Located a 15-minute walk from Higashi-Hanazono Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line, Dream 21 is a children's culture and sports center. This combined facility includes a ""Universe Plaza"" with a planetarium, an ""Exploration Plaza with science exhibits, where children can enjoy experiential learning, as well as an indoor play space equipped with a trampoline and swinging rope. It is also used for theatrical presentations and cultural activities aimed at children. A 189-seat multipurpose cultural hall is also available for use. The facility offers lessons in such things such as crafts, unicycle riding, and nature study, and it serves as a venue for self-directed learning for large numbers of children."
  • Noon+Cafe
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakazakinishi 3-3-8JR Under the Kyoto Line Underpass
    This venerable cafe is under the elevated structures near Umeda Station. The retro-chic shop offers select drinks, including Lavazza coffee, sweets, and hamburgers, pasta and other meals. The back of the shop features a club space, and at night and during events it becomes a club and live venue.

    JRの高架下にあり、おしゃれなカフェやセレクトショップなどが集まるスポットにあるカフェです。インスタ映えを意識した店内です。笑 中はカフェとお酒が飲めるところとゆる-く分かれてます。

  • Osaka Sayama City Cultural Hall Sayaka Hall
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    Osaka Osakasayamashi Sayama 1-875-1
    This multi-purpose hall is located in Sayama City. The hall includes a large hall, small hall, convention hall, exhibition hall, meeting room, Japanese-style tatami room and art room. The main large hall has 1,208 seats. With second floor seating and a spacious environment, it is characterized by the feeling of closeness to the stage. Theater performances, concerts and musical recitals are held there. The small hall has 368 seats with luxurious chandeliers. There are restaurants on the fourth floor where you can enjoy full meals in addition to drinks and snacks.

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