Use the

Planning a Trip to Japan?

Share your travel photos with us by hashtagging your images with #visitjapanjp

Iwatsuki 岩槻エリア

Iwatsuki Dolls Iwatsuki Dolls
Iwatsuki Dolls Iwatsuki Dolls

Dolls built this town, and you can make them here yourself

Iwatsuki is a small district of Saitama City that's nicknamed the "City of Dolls." Iwatsuki began making dolls in the 17th century, and the figures made here, from cute little girl dolls to fierce warriors, were used in festivals all over Japan.

Iwatsuki also has a long history as a post town on the Nikko-Kaido Road, and is located right at the center of the Kanto plain.

How to Get There

Iwatsuki is just 15 minutes from Omiya Station by train, and you can easily get to Tokyo from Omiya Station.

All kinds of figures, and workshops on making them

A wide variety of dolls is on display at the Togyoku Doll Museum near Iwatsuki Station, including dolls for major annual festivals, little samurai, puppets, windup mechanical dolls, and modern takes on the traditional forms.

The museum also displays doll-related artifacts and holds workshops on doll making.

Spectacular cherry blossom too

Iwatsuki Castle was built during the 16th century, and what remains of the fortress is located in Iwatsuki Castle Park , which is famous for its 600 cherry trees.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

Recommended for You

Ontayaki no Sato Ontayaki Pottery Village
Ontayaki Pottery Village
Iwatsuki Dolls

Please Choose Your Language

Browse the JNTO site in one of multiple languages