Awa Jurobe Yashiki

Travel Guide - Awa Jurobe Yashiki


While the rich were being entertained with Kabuki, Ningyo Joruri papet play thrived in the farming communities in and around Tokushima as a popular form of amusement during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868).
The region's puppet theaters were then gradually dwindled and today Awa Jurobe Yashiki is one of the last remaining local theaters where puppet dramas can be seen.

The building of Awa Jurobe Yashiki is a former residence of Bando Jurobe.
Jurobe was an officer who was victimized and executed in 1698 as a result of being blamed the Awa Domain's illegal import of rice all on him.
Then the tragedy became the plot for the famous Joruri puppet play "Keisei Awa-no-Naruto" and Jurobe himself became the leading character of it.

At the theater visitors can watch their daily performances of Awa Ningyo Joruri puppet play, which is now designated as a national important intangible cultural heritage.
Also on display are wooden puppets and other items related to the traditional Joruri puppet play.

Opening Hours

  • 9:30 - 17:00
  • 9:30 - 18:00 (July - August)
  • Regular performance time: 11:00, 14:00
  • Regular performance time: 11:00, 14:00, 15:30 (August 11 - 16)


  • December 31 - January 3

Access / Public Transport

  • 20 minutes from JR Tokushima Station by the bus bound for Tomiyoshi-danchi. Get off at Jurobe Yashiki Bus stop.

Address / Location

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Japan's Local Treasures @J_LocalTreasure - 2021-02-19
If you’re interested in Japan’s traditional puppet theater, Awa Jurobe Yashiki is a must-visit. Here you can learn…
Japan's Local Treasures @J_LocalTreasure - 2021-02-14
If you’re interested in Japan’s traditional puppet theater, Awa Jurobe Yashiki is a must-visit. Here you can learn…
Samantha Southern @SamanthaSouthe9 - 2020-12-01
This weekend we performed a joint ningyo joruri show with narutoza at Awa Jurobe Yashiki Theatre. 😺

This collabora…
Paul Vincett @stitchesandglue - 2018-09-04
#Tokushima Prefectural Awa Jurobe Yashiki #Puppet #Theatre and #Museum. A performance and we did some #puppeteering
Tibetan Museum @TibetanMuseum - 2017-09-13
Museum group at Awa Jurobe Yashiki Puppet Theatre
John Daub @ONLYinJAPANtv - 2016-08-12
Japanese Pupper Theater called 'NINGYO JORURI' at the Awa Jurobe Yashiki theater. After a couple…
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