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Zao Kokeshi Museum

蔵王こけし館 | Zao Kokeshi Museum

Japan's largest collection of handcrafted traditional dolls

Photo by Zao Kokeshi Museum

Photo by Zao Kokeshi Museum

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

  • Located a stone’s throw from Togatta Onsen, the Zao Kokeshi Museum boasts boasts a collection of kokeshi dolls 5,500 strong—the largest in Japan! Kokeshi are a traditional craft that originated in the hot springs regions of northern Japan. Characteristics such as the shapes and facial features of the dolls are unique to each region. At the Zao Kokeshi Museum, you can wander through displays of kokeshi from all over the Tohoku region. If you time your visit right, you may be lucky enough to witness a kokeshi artisan at work. Visitors can also try their hand at painting their own original kokeshi.

     

    WEBSITEhttp://kokeshizao.com/

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ADDRESS

Shinchinishiurayama-36-135 Togattaonsen, Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-0916

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By highway bus: 70 minutes from Sendai Station, followed by a 10-min walk.

Board bus bound for Murata・Zao・Togatta (村田・蔵王・遠刈田) at Sendai Station Bus Stop 33. Alight at the Togatta Onsen (遠刈田温泉) bus stop. See timetable here.

ADMISSION

Museum entry: Adults 300 yen, children (primary/junior high) 150 yen, infants free.

Kokeshi painting: 750 yen

CREDIT CARDS

Accepted

LANGUAGES

Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

Yes

HOURS

9:00–17:00 (Last entry 16:30)

RESERVATION

Museum entry: recommended for individual visitors; required for a group of 10 or more people (3 days in advance)

Kokeshi painting: required

CLOSED DAYS

New Year's holiday period (Dec 29–Jan 3)

PHONE

0224-34-2385

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