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A Museum of Fanciful Figurines and Delightful Dolls


Journey through Japan and its history through this collection of quality-crafted traditional dolls


Nestled in the heart of Kanazawa City's historic Nishi Chaya district, Dolls Museum is home to a host of intriguing residents. Ornate tiered displays of Hina dolls, representing the Imperial court, and delicate Arita ceramic figurines are set alongside sweet childlike Ichimatsu dolls and plump infant figures with glowing white skin. Step inside this converted wooden teahouse and discover an incredible range of traditional dolls and lucky ornaments, all much-loved in Japan for centuries.

Take a guided tour (available in English or Japanese) to delve deeper into the history, craft, and unique features of traditional Japanese dolls. You can also paint your own cylindrical wooden Kokeshi doll.



Linger a bit longer and admire the museum's elegant interior while sipping freshly brewed coffee and chatting with staff about their recommended Kanazawa highlights. Before you set off, you might also like to pop into the gift shop and choose a favorite take-home companion.

An art and culture hotbed in the Edo period (1603–1867), Kanazawa is an important destination for all those who seek out quality craftsmanship and fine art.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station (about two hours 30 minutes), then take the Hokutetsu Bus to the Shiragiku-cho stop (about 14 minutes) and walk about two minutes.




Dolls Museum


2-24-1 No-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken


Approx. 30 minutes or more




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