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Updated: May 13, 2019

Yubiningyo Shokichi 指人形笑吉

3-2-6 Yanaka Taito-ku Tokyo

Catch a show and commission your own personal puppet at Shokichi Hand Puppet Theatre

For one of the city's more unique theatre experiences, make your way to Shokichi Hand Puppet Theatre and workshop, located a two-minute walk from Sendagi Station. Run by local craftsman and an ex-art teacher Mitsuaki Tsuyuki, Shokichi Theatre hosts regular puppet performances suitable for all ages. The 30-minute long shows performed are pantomimes, so you don't need to know Japanese to enjoy them.

After the show, you can have your portrait drawn by one of the workshop's talented puppet artists. For a truly unique souvenir or gift idea, you can commission your very own puppet to look like whoever you want, providing you have a photograph available. It does take a little while to create, but it can be shipped internationally once it's ready.

How to Get There

  • Sendagi Sta. | Exit 1 | 2 mins on foot
    Chiyoda Line
  • Nippori Sta. | West Exit | 10 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line | Keisei Line | Nippori-toneri Liner

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00–18:00 Wed–Sun


Free (Admission is charged for scheduled puppet shows)

Discounts available for disabled visitors, groups

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Japanese | English |

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