Yajiro Kokeshi Village(Traditional craft)

Adorable kokeshi dolls welcome you

This is a popular spot to introduce the attractive, traditional craft of Yajiro Kokeshi dolls, which is representative of Shiroishi City. In addition to an exhibition room, a shop selling Yajiro Kokeshi dolls, and a hands-on Kokeshi doll painting corner, there are many workshops in the village. The cylindrical building that resembles a kokeshi doll is the landmark! Please stop by!

The Yajiro Kokeshi dolls are characterized by pottery wheel patterns and large heads decorated to look like they are wearing berets.

These kokeshi dolls were first made as toys for children, but now they are collected as ornaments, pleasing as they are to adults' eyes.

Until the middle of the Meiji era (1868-1912), Kokeshi dolls were made using an original two-person potter's wheel, but now they are made using a motorized potter's wheel.

The patterns unique to the Yajiro Kokeshi dolls that were once hand-drawn are now done using a potter's wheel, creating the modern patterns of today.

General Information

Free Admission
Opening Times
(Until 16:00 from November to March)
Approx. 20 minutes by car from Shiroishi Station (JR East Tohoku Main Line)
Approx. 20 minutes from Shiroishi-Zao Station (JR East Tohoku Shinkansen)
Approx. 15 minutes by car from Shiroishi Interchange (Tohoku Expressway)


Yajiro Kokeshi Village
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