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  • National Bunraku Theatre
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    4.5
    162 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...

  • Osakajo Hall
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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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.

    The Hall and the surrounding park had turned to a popular spot for local and tourists. It was really nice to stroll around. There were eateries and shops available for visitors. Pleasant area...

  • Tenma Tenjin Hanjo Tei
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    4.0
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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...

  • Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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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.

    Located at Used (Osaka) station, near Chaya-machi. Its next to Starbucks, various musical is seen at this theater, you should visit. I went to see Takarazuka revue, you should visit ticket center...

  • Dotonbori ZAZA
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    4.5
    26 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.

    Even tho GOTTA performance was in Japanese, the performers portrayed the story in the most enjoyable way. Incredibly talented skit by the five on stage, worth the 40 mins.

  • Yoshimoto Manzai Theater
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    4.5
    31 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.

    初めて、生で新喜劇をみました。 漫才もおもろく、新喜劇も笑い転げました。 よしもとの笑いの奥深さを 発見しました。

  • Minato-machi River Place
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    3.5
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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。

  • 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."
  • 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。

  • Joruri Theater
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Osaka Toyono-gun Nosecho Shukuno 30
    A puppet theater situated along Prefectural Route 104 in Shukuno, Nose Town, Toyono County, Osaka Prefecture. Dedicated to Nose joruri puppet theater, a traditional performing art designated a National Intangible Folk-Cultural Property, the theater holds joruri performances by the Rokkakuza puppet theater troupe, workshops, and other events. In addition to joruri puppet performances, the theater is also used for concerts and traditional rakugo comedic storytelling performances.

    タイトル通りとても清潔感があり、使い勝手が良いので気に入っています。駐車場も広く、非常に良い環境だと思います。

  • Osaka Shochiku-za Theatre
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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.
  • May Theater (Suita City Cultural Hall)
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    3.0
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    Osaka Suita-shi Izumicho 2-29-1
    A cultural facility located close to Suita Station in Izumi-cho, Suita City. Facilities include a 1,400 seat large performance hall, medium sized hall, reception hall, and exhibition room, and the facility is used for concerts, operas, plays, classical Japanese theater, and other performances; as well as parties; and art exhibitions. There is also a rooftop garden and a restaurant.

    コンサートに出演しました。 (と、言ってもアマチュアですが) 客席はわかりませんが、 楽屋などの設備は普通です。 とにかく駅から近い! それが最大の利点です。

  • 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."""
  • Madoka Hall
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    Osaka Kishiwada-shi Arakicho 1-17-1
    A culture hall adjoining Kishiwada City Central Park in Araki-cho, Kishiwada City. Used for concerts, ceremonies, and exhibitions, facilities include a 500 seat performance hall as well as a rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, conference rooms, an audiovisual room, ceramic arts studio, and exhibition space. There's also an adjoining cafe.
  • Izumisano Municipal Culture Center (Ebuno Izumi no Mori Hall)
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    Osaka Izumisano-shi Ichiba Higashi 1-295-1
    A culture complex located in Ichibahigashi 1-Chome, Izumisano City. Facilities include a 1,400 seat large hall used for concerts, opera performances, plays, and lectures; a small hall; multipurpose space; gallery; reception hall; special conference room; large, medium, and small conference rooms and Japanese rooms; tea room, and practice rooms. In the adjoining Restaurant Izuminomori, you can enjoy a delicious meal along with gorgeous scenery. The facility also offers a variety of plans for parties held in the reception hall.
  • Asahi Theater
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    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 2-1-26 Bowl Sri Jes 2F
    First opened in 1910, the facility was later remodeled and reopened as a rentable theater to serve as a taishu engeki (“theater for the masses”) theater for the Shinsekai area. With fixed audience seats as well as box seats and a kabuki-style “hanamichi” stage extending into the audience area, the facility has a true playhouse design. In addition to taishu engeki, the theater is used for a variety of performances, including musicals and “kayo” ballad shows. On weekends, the facility is host to the Shinsekai Asahi Theater Yoshimoto Live comedy show. The closest stations are Dobutsuen-mae Station and Ebisucho Station.
  • NMB48 Theatre
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 12-7 YESNAMBA Bill B1
    This is the theater where the pop idol group produced by Mr. Yasushi Akimoto “NMB48” has their headquarters, which is located in the building opposite “Namba Grand Kagetsu” in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The theatre is used as a concert venue for NMB48 and its sister group AKB48, with a feature being the close proximity of the seating to the stage. There are photographs of all the members of the NMB48 group and name plates of members who have left the group posted on the walls of the passage leading into the theatre. It is necessary to apply in advance for tickets for public performances.
  • Osaka International House Foundation (Osaka Conference Center and Hotel)
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Uehonmachi 8-2-6
    "Osaka International House Foundation is adjacent to the Osaka International Conference Center& Hotel, located in Uehonmachi, TennojiWard,. Popularly referred to as ""i.house,"" it contains small and large halls, conference rooms, a restaurant, a gallery, and similar facilities and is adaptable to many uses, including symposia, workshops,concerts, and exhibitions. It even has a hall with 1,006 seats with attached rehearsal rooms, and equipment for simultaneous interpretation of up to six languages. The adjacent hotel is furnished with luxurious semi-double beds with high-bounce mattresses made in Italy, creating a perfect environment for rest and relaxation."
  • 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.
  • Namba Grand Kagetsu
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    4.5
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Chuo-ku Nanbasennichimae 11-6

    We enjoyed the first session Sunday. Laughed a lot. We believe our immune system was strengthened thanks to laughing. Some comedians there were not well-known but really gave us fun. One of...

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