Hina Staircase Atago Shrine Iwatsuki ward Saitama City

For six days only, during the larger Iwatsuki Dolls Festival, Atago Shrine has a beautiful display of Hina Dolls on the stairs that lead to the shrine. The dates for 2024 have been announced…

Atago Shrine Hina Staircase Display in 2024

Atago Shrine Hina Staircase

In 2024, the Iwatsuki Dolls Festival is on from public holiday Friday February 23rd to Sunday March 10th. However, you can only see this stunning display on the stairs of Atago shrine on six select dates. In 2024, that is:

  • Friday February 23rd
  • Saturday February 24th
  • Sunday February 25th
  • Friday March 1st
  • Saturday March 2nd
  • Sunday March 3rd
Hina Staircase Atago Shrine for the dolls festival

Pre-pandemic the shrine also had live entertainment on the select dates of the Hina Staircase display. But since pandemic there doesn’t seem to be any live entertainment. Last year they had one festival stall on the precincts of the shrine and one food van by the main road where you turn into the shrine. On my visit on a Friday in March 2023, the shrine was quite busy and we had to wait in turn to get a photo. Presumably, its even busier on the public holiday and Saturdays and Sundays.

Kawazuzakura Atago Shrine where there is a hina staircase on select dates in early spring

The Atago shrine is located at the top of the stairs. You can use another staircase on the side of the mount to get to and from the shrine while the dolls are displayed! There are two kawazuzakura on the grounds of the shrine. They were nearing full bloom in early March last year.


Event: Atago Shrine Hina Staircase Display

Dates: on February 23rd, 24th, 25th and March 1st, 2nd and 3rd only. Please note, if it rains the dolls will be taken down.

Time: not specified.

Cost: free, but its customary to offer a donation at the shrine.

Venue: Atago Shrine, 3 Chome-21-25 Honcho, Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama, 339-0057. View on Google Maps.


Iwatsuki Station on the Tobu Urban Park line is just a five minute walk from the shrine. Please note, that there is no parking available at the shrine for the six days of the hina staircase display. There are several coin parking lots within walking distance of the shrine.

Information for the shrine on Saitama’s directory of shrines.

Information for the Iwatsuki Dolls Festival in English and the official website.



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