Truly beautiful and elegant Japanese dolls and great local food.
Iwatsuki, a town which produces more Japanese dolls than anywhere else in Japan, is located to the east of Saitama city, and is known as the Town of Dolls. Japanese dolls are artistically valuable for their gentle features and beautiful costumes. On this tour you will see Japanese dolls from every decade of the past 400 years, and also get the chance to make your own doll! With your otomo tour guide to help you with translating, you can choose your favorite color and pattern for the kimono to dress your doll in. Do not forget to try Iwatsuki's local soul food; tofu ramen as well. The local restaurant you will be visiting on this tour became famous for serving the best tofu ramen in Saitama.
・Make your very own kimekomi doll!
・Have a look at the ways in which Japanese dolls, including kimekomi dolls, have changed over the years, and also at the ways in which they have stayed the same. The oldest dolls you can see on this tour date back to the Edo period (1603-1868).
・Taste the local gourmet: tofu ramen.
・Tokyu Doll Museum: Make your very own kimekomi doll!
・Restaurant Otemon: Try Saitama prefecture's excellent local dish at the restaurant that was awarded first place for it!
・Togyoku Dolls Museum: Visit this museum to see dolls from every decade for the last 400 years.
・Togyoku Dolls Museum: Visit the biggest doll shop in the Kanto region of Japan to see gorgeous Japanese dolls.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・Please be aware that depending on the type of doll you make (how much time is needed to make them), the tour may overrun.
・There is a 30 minute walk to get from location 1 to location 2. You may order a taxi if you wish not to walk, but please note that the taxi fare is not included in the tour fee.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
In front of the information counter by the Central Ticket Gate Exit at the JR Line, Omiya Station