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Floating Dolls | IWATSUKI

March 3, 2019 @ 10:00 - 14:00

Sandawara floating dolls iwatsuki

Floating dolls Iwatsuki – A truly enchanting event of the Dolls festival is the floating dolls of Iwatsuki. The dolls festival is celebrated every year on the 3rd of March in homes where there are girls. People display their hina dolls leading up to the festival and take them down promptly after March 3rd as an old wives’ tale predicts the longer you leave your dolls up the longer it will take your daughter to get married!

In celebration of this unique and warming Japanese festival heritage homes and museums also exhibit historic doll displays. And there are events around the country. Iwatsuki in Saitama is famous for its hina dolls and is a recognised hina doll production and historic area. They have a lot of special events leading up to the dolls festival on March 3rd. Including this magical ceremony where “sandawara” dolls are floated on the pond.

The event takes place from 10 am to 2 pm with the dolls floated from 11 am. The location is the beautiful grounds of the Iwatsuki Castle now a park central to the dolls festival celebrations.

There are lots of other events and celebrations in the area on the same day and you can see doll displays in many places in Iwatsuki.

For more doll festival events and seasonal events in Saitama, please see the main event pages.


March 3, 2019
10:00 - 14:00
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Iwatsuki Castle Park
3-3-4 Ota
Iwatsuki, Saitama 339-0052 Japan
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