Hina-Matsuri, The Dolls Day Festival

Hina-Matsuri, The Dolls Day Festival

March Three is celebrated as Hina-Matsuri, or the Dolls Day Festival, with decorated sets of ornamental dolls and items representing the ancient Imperial court displayed on tiered platforms covered in red felt. Usually shown only in the family home, there are some public places to see these wonderful doll displays.

Nagoya CityTokugawa Art Museum

The Dolls of the Tokugawa Princesses

See the dolls only a princess of the mighty Tokugawa clan could own, gorgeously decorated with the richest of fabrics and with an exquisite amount of detail. The Tokugawa Art Museum displays the wonderful sets of high quality dolls handed down through the noble family.

Tokugawa Garden

Gardens of the Lords of Nagoya
Enjoy beautiful Tokugawa-En, the Tokugawa Garden adjoining the Tokugawa Art Museum. Formerly the gardens to the stately retirement home of the lords of Nagoya Castle, the Tokugawa Garden is an enjoyable, relaxing year round beauty spot.

Tokugawa Garden

Seto CitySeto-Gura

Enjoy Seto’s special Hina-Mid, a Pyramid of Dolls day Dolls

Every year the Seto-Gura complex in central Seto City sets up a huge display of Hina-Matsuri festival dolls on a stand of over 4m in height. The popular Hina-mid, as the pyramid of dolls is called, features hundreds of not just ordinary dolls, but pottery dolls of clay and ceramic, even glass Hina-Matsuri dolls too.

The Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) Museum

Get Lucky at the Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) Museum
See Japan’s largest collection of Maneki Neko lucky cat figures. Purchase some luck of your own, or paint your own original lucky cat. You’ll feel lucky just by coming here! Every February, the museum puts on a special display of Dolls Day Festival Lucky Cat figures too!

The Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat) Museum

Toyota-CityChuma Dolls Day Displays

Castle Town Asuke’s Chuma Dolls Day Festival Displays

The old castle town of Asuke really gets into the Dolls Day Festival, with over 130 general houses, shops, restaurants along a 2km stretch between the Asuke Hachiman Shrine and the Chuma area putting on a worthy display of dolls, some dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868). The popular displays draw thousands of visitors to the traditional town.

Asuke traditional Village and Asuke Castle

A Tranquil Town and A Castle Of Action Aplenty
Enjoy the cultural sights of old Asuke Town and its many traditional attractions. Feel the samurai spirit and discover the rich martial history behind the small but sturdy Sengoku Period Asuke Castle, scene of a number of fierce battles!

Asuke traditional Village and Asuke Castle

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