Mar 21, 2010

Mar 25-Apr 3 Miyajima Hina Doll Festival

Discover the beautiful Hina doll heirlooms, and learn about the significance of the festival for Japanese girls. Private antique dolls are on display at over 30 locations throughout Miyajima.

Get a free event map and directions from English speaking volunteers at Miyajima-guchi ferry terminal during the event. You can orgnize your visit with their help at the Doll Festival Information Center in Omotesando Shopping Arcade.

A ticket is required for the four main exhibition sites. Get a passport ticket at the pier or at the four main sites (Ticket Adult:300yen/Age15-18:170yen/Age6-14:150yen).

With this ticket you can see the dolls at the four main sites:

* Miyajima History and Folklore Museum (English-speaking guides)

This museum is in a 170 year-old merchant house. It contains many interesting folkloric exhibits.

* Daishoin Temple

This is the oldest temple in Miyajima, with lots of attractive Buddhist pavillions and statues. The 14th Dalai Lama visited this temple to celebrate its 1200th year in 2006. Apart from the Hina doll exhibit, the Japanese culture workshop / International Cafe and the spring tea ceremony are also located here.

* Yamanaka House

This historical residence is open to the public for the first time this year during Hina Doll Festival.

* Konishi House

The Konishi family once brewed sacred sake (rice wine), dedicated to the gods of Itsukushima Shrine.

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