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FEB 26 UPDATE (Coronavirus) Iwatsuki Dolls Festival 2020
February 22 @ 13:00 - March 8 @ 17:00Free
Iwatsuki Dolls Festival – Iwatsuki is a very famous “Hina”, traditional Japanese doll, town often referred to as the “city of dolls”. Dolls have been made in Iwatsuki since the 17th century. The doll making of Iwatsuki was awarded the prestigious Traditional Craft Product designation by both the prefecture and the country.
Iwatsuki Dolls Festival
Until this year the city has two doll museums; Togyoku Doll Museum and Tokyu Doll Museum. But this year the Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum will open on the same day that this festival starts: February 22nd. This year the festival appears to be taking place in Tokyu Doll Museum and Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum. You used to be able to watch dolls being made in Togyoku Doll Museum, unfortunately information is not yet available as to whether you can do that in 2020 too, but it seems unlikely.
Coronavirus February 26th update
On February 26th changes were made to the Iwatsuki Dolls Festival event due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The event is still open to the public, but several of the special events scheduled for during the period have been cancelled. Including the Tsurushi bina (decorative hanging dolls) experience event that was scheduled for February 29th and March 8th.
They have also cancelled the events scheduled for March 1st which included a Hina Dolls parade and the floating dolls event;
On March 3rd, girls day, there is a usually a second opportunity to see the dolls parade and enjoy the traditional performances.
Throughout the period of the dolls festival they have several events including stamp rallies and you can also take a tour of the various doll attractions with a guide.
In the general area of the east exit of the Iwatsuki station (Tobu Urban Park Line), map below:
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.