ひな人形花飾り Flower Hina Dolls at Pansy House near Hana no Oasis in Konosu

As part of the annual Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival, Pansy house in Konosu have an extravagant, stunning flower display depicting the ‘Daira-bina’, the Imperial couple, as you can see in the featured photo above. This life size flower hina doll display, ひな人形花飾り, is unique to Pansy House. They also have another display, a pyramid of dolls. Moreover, this is the first satellite site, of the larger Surprising Dolls Festival, to display their hina dolls annually. Just one month to go…

Pansy House

Bakery and rest area at flower center Pansy House in Konosu
Bakery and rest area at Pansy House

Pansy House is the Konosu Agricultural Products Market for flowers. It is an icon of the flower town of Konosu. Moreover, according to the prefecture, the area is the birthplace of floriculture / flower production in Konosu City. There is also an udon restaurant and bakery on the grounds. Both use locally sourced ingredients. And both are extremely popular. There is also a rest area beside the bakery. They have public facilities too, such as toilets, vending machines and a smoking area.

Pansy House is located in a rural area of Konosu amid dozens of paddy fields. The market is located along what is known as ‘Flower Street’. There is a beautiful community garden near the flower market, about a six minute walk away or just one minute in the car. It is landscaped by volunteers through the seasons and is best known for its tulips in spring and its sunflowers in autumn.

Hina Dolls Displays

Hina pyramid at Konosu Agricultural Products Flower Market Pansy House near Hana no Oasis

For the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival annually, Pansy House have two key displays. One is the aforementioned flower dolls and the other is a three-sided, pyramid shaped, dolls display. But there are also various other smaller displays too. The pyramid shaped dolls displays are quite popular these days and you can find them in scores of locations around Japan. However, Konosu is famous for having the largest in all of Japan. It is located in Elumi at the main site of the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival. Pansy house is just a ‘satellite site’ as they call it. You can also find another pyramid display in another of the satellite sites, at Kakyu no Sato.

Flower Hina Dolls Display

flower hina dolls Konosu

The flower dolls display is really beautiful. I was half expecting it to be creepy, like some of the chrysanthemum flower dolls! But thankfully it wasn’t, at least I didn’t think so. Reportedly, the heads / faces of the life-sized dolls were made by a local hina doll artist from Konosu City. In addition, most of the flowers that decorate the body are also grown in Konosu.


Information 2024

Event: Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival Pansy House Flower Hina Dolls 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り・パンジーハウス ひな人形花飾り

Date: from Tuesday February 6th to Sunday March 10th 2024.

Hours: from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Konosu agricultural products direct sales store Pansy House, 鴻巣農産物直売所 パンジーハウス, 165-3 Teraya, Konosu, Saitama 365-0071. View on Google Maps.

Access

There is free parking for about 100 cars. Pansy House is about ten minutes by taxi from the east exit of Konosu station. By public transport you can get a community bus “flower go” from Kita Konosu Station on the Takasaki Line. It costs 200 yen per adult, 100 yen for school aged children and it is free for children under 6 years old. Alight at Teraya Higashi bus stop「寺谷東団地」. There is also a special free shuttle bus on weekends during the exhibition period. The information for the free shuttle bus in 2024 has not yet been released.

Pansy house official website.

Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival information in English. | Official website.

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