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added on : February 25, 2020

Hina Matsuri, also known as the Girls' Festival or Doll Festival, is a traditional event held annually on March 3 to pray for young girls' health and happiness. Japanese households display red, cloth-covered, staircase platforms on which elegant hina dolls are placed. On the top tier are the Emperor, known as "odairi-sama," and the Empress, known as "ohina-sama." Accompanying them on lower tiers are dolls representing ladies of the court, musicians, and other attendants.

In celebration of Hina Matsuri and in anticipation of spring, several hotels and museums across Tokyo are hosting magnificent exhibitions of hina dolls. Come admire Japan's history and craftsmanship at these events!

"Hyakudan Hinamatsuri" at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

You can see culture from across Japan at this display of traditional ornamental dolls from over 20 regions. The dolls are presented in a beautiful, registered Tangible Cultural Asset of Tokyo: the Hyakudan Kaidan pavilion of Gajoen, a luxurious hotel of historical value.

This year's exhibition focuses on the western Japanese cities of Izumo, Inaba, and Hagi. Diverse dolls are featured—from elegant kokin-bina (hina dolls from the Edo period, 1603–1867) to miniature folk toys. Take this rare opportunity to see these gorgeous dolls away from their home region.

Hina Matsuri Exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo transforms its lobby with a dazzling display of more than 6,000 ornate handmade dolls and other traditional handicrafts. Wooden Mataro dolls from Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto are displayed alongside intricate hanging decorations made from old silk cloths and kimonos.


You can also enjoy a range of special Hina Matsuri-themed events, including a themed lunch with seasonal ingredients, ikebana (flower arranging) and craft workshops, as well as a concert featuring traditional Japanese instruments.

Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family at the Mitsui Memorial Museum

"Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family" is an annual exhibition displaying dolls that belonged to the women and girls of the influential and wealthy Mitsui family. As the dolls belonged to multiple generations of Mitsui wives and daughters, you can admire the changes in kimono design and styles in different eras.

Be sure to look out for the adorable gosho dolls, originally treasured by the Kyoto Imperial Court before becoming popular among the public at large. You'll also have a special chance to admire the work of Hirata Goyo, the first dollmaker to be designated as a Living National Treasure for his craftsmanship.

Hina doll (the empress) by Heizo Oki V (1934), Mitsui Memorial Museum

Gosho (imperial court) hina dolls by Heizo Oki V (early Showa era),
Maruhei Bunko Collection

"Hyakudan Hinamatsuri" at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Address 1-8-1 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro City, Tokyo
Hours 10:00-17:00 from January 24 through March 15, 2020
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closing days Open daily
Access Meguro Station | West Exit | 3 min on foot
JR Yamanote Line | Meguro Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL "Hyakudan Hinamatsuri" at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Hina Matsuri Exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel

Address 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
Hours Available for viewing daily from February 1 through March 26, 2020
Note: On March 26, the dolls will be on display until 15:00
Closing days Open daily
Access Shinjuku Station | West Exit | 5 min on foot
JR lines | Keio Line | Odakyu Line | Shinjuku Line
Tochomae Station | Exit B1 | Right outside
Oedo Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Hina Matsuri Exhibition at Keio Plaza Hotel

Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family at the Mitsui Memorial Museum

Address 7F Mitsui Main Building, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi-muromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo
Hours 10:00-17:00 from February 8 through April 5, 2020
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closing days Mondays
Access Mitsukoshimae Station | Exit A7 | 1 min on foot
Ginza Line | Hanzomon Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family at the Mitsui Memorial Museum