A Museum of Fanciful Figurines and Delightful Dolls

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

Ensconced 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 feature 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.

Available in Japanese or English, take a guided tour to delve deeper into the history, craft and unique features of traditional Japanese dolls. You may also like to 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. And before you set off, why not pop into the gift shop and choose a favorite take-home companion?

An art and culture hotbed in the Edo period (1603–1868), Kanazawa remains a top draw for all those who seek out quality craftsmanship and fine art. Located near the Sea of Japan, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture is accessible from Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train in around two and a half hours.

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