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The Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum, Saitama City
(The Iwatsuki Doll Museum)

A museum where you can experience craftsmanship and Japanese doll culture in the town famous for Japanese dolls.

Museums/Galleries

Iwatsuki is located in Saitama Prefecture, the largest producer of Japanese dolls in Japan, and is known as the very town of dolls. Many doll makers still live here, and the Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum, which opened in 2020, is a facility that will preserve the culture and history of the Japanese doll for future generations.

Japan has a unique culture of dolls, such as the "Hina Dolls" displayed at the "Hina Festival" (an annual event held on March 3 to pray for the healthy growth of girls) that has continued since the Edo period (1603-1868).

There are two main exhibits in the permanent collection. One is a display of the process of making Japanese dolls with tools and a video showing the production process (English narration is also available). The second is an exhibition of the museum's own collection of dolls, mainly from the collection of Nishizawa Tekiho, a Japanese painter active between 1889 and 1965. A wide variety of Japanese dolls can be viewed at all times, including dolls for the Hina Festival and other handmade dolls.

Currently, the museum has a collection of over 5,000 dolls of high quality and wide range of genres, and holds special exhibitions regularly.

Highlights

  • You can learn about the traditional skills of doll making in Iwatsuki.
  • You can see old dolls that are historically valuable.
  • The English edition of the guidebook is on sale at the museum store.
  • At the adjacent Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki, visitors can have a meal and experience making dolls.

Photos

  • Exhibition Room

    Exhibition Room

  • Collection of Hina Dolls "Kokinbina"

    Collection of Hina Dolls "Kokinbina"

  • A craftsman applies lipstick to a doll.

    A craftsman applies lipstick to a doll.

  • "Arrow Root" by Sashiro Kubo

    "Arrow Root" by Sashiro Kubo

  • Exterior of the Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

    Exterior of the Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

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Details

Name in Japanese
さいたま市岩槻人形博物館
Postal Code
339-0057
Address
6-1-1 Honcho, Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama City, Saitama
Telephone
048-749-0222
Admission
300 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students and those over 65, 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students
Closed
Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open.), Year-end and New Year's holidays (Dec. 28 - Jan. 4)
Business Hours
9:00am-5:00pm (Admission until 4:30pm)
Access
10 min. walk from Iwatsuki Sta. on the Tobu Urban Park Line (Noda Line)
Official Website
Official Website (English)