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Doll’s Festival in Lake Biwa, Shiga

 Japan has a beautiful annual event called hina-matsuri (doll’s festival). Around March 3, the day of the festival, beautiful hina dolls are displayed in enchanting and quaint towns at the shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture.
(1) Hino Doll’s Festival
 Located in the southeastern part of Shiga Prefecture, Hino-cho is a nostalgic and quaint town with many merchant districts. The town will display hina dolls and other original dolls from the Edo period to modern times on the windowsills of merchant residences and various other places that form part of Hino’s unique streetscape.
◆ Period:  9:00 to 17:00, Sunday, February 12, 2017 to Sunday, March 12, 2017
◆ Venue:  Okubo and Murai, Hino-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga Prefecture
◆ Access:  Get off at Nishinomiya bus stop, which is 46 minutes by bus from JR Biwako Line, Omihachiman Station
◆ Inquiries:  Hino Town Tourist Association
Website (in Japanese): http://www.hino-kanko.jp/html/hino-hina2.html
Phone: 0748-52-6577
Email: hino-k1@hino-kanko.jp
(2) Omihachiman Hina Doll Display
 The Omihachiman City Museum and other venues will display hina dolls that have been passed down generation after generation in Omi’s merchant families. In addition to miniature tools such as kitchen utensils and tansu chests of drawers, you will see an impressive display of many historical dolls that have been cherished by merchant houses from the Edo period to the early Showa period.
◆ Period:  Saturday, February 4, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017
◆ Venue:  Castle town around Mt. Hachiman in Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture
◆ Access:  Get off at Shiryokan-mae bus stop, which is 6 minutes by bus from JR Biwako Line,  Omihachiman Station
◆ Fee:  An admission fee is charged for the Omihachiman City Museum. (No fee is required to enjoy displays at other shops.)
◆ Inquiries:  Omihachiman Tourism Association
Website (in Japanese): http://www.omi8.com/topics/hiina.htm
Phone: 0748-32-7003
Email: omi8@sweet.ocn.ne.jp
(3) Displays of Hina Dolls Handed Down in Merchant Families
 Gokansho in Higashiomi City—the hometown of Omi Merchants—will display Hina dolls handed down in merchant families. Four Omi Merchant residences and the Omi Merchant Museum will display 100 sets of hina dolls in total dating back to the Edo period and leading up to the current Heisei era. These include family heirlooms passed down through generations in merchant families.
◆ Period:  9:30 to 16:30, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to Monday, March 20, 2017
Closed Monday, February 6, 2017
◆ Location:  Omi Merchants’ Residences in Gokansho
Gokansho-kondo-cho, Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture
◆ Access:  5 minutes on foot from Plaza Sanpo Yoshi-mae bus stop, which is 10 minutes by bus from JR Biwako Line, Notogawa Station
◆ Fee:  1,000 yen for adults and 430 yen for primary and junior high school students to enter five facilities related to Omi Merchants
◆ Inquiries:  Higashi Omi Tourist Association
Website (in Japanese): http://www.higashiomi.net/feature
Phone: 0748-48-2100
Email: info@higashiomi.net