【Festival】 “Hina no Tsurushi Kazari Matsuri” in Inatori Onsen. The Gentle Tradition of Wishing for Girls’ Health and Wellbeing. Izu Peninsula, Inatori Onsen. Jan. 20 – Mar. 31.
The Hina Matsuri, or Doll Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd to pray for the health and happiness of girls all over Japan. The people of the tiny seaside hot spring resort of Inatori Onsen still celebrate the tradition by hanging hand-sewn dolls and decorations next to the hinadan (the tiered stand on which hina dolls are displayed). Along with Yanagawa City’s “Sagemon” festival in Fukuoka Prefecture, and Sakata City’s “Kasafuku” festival in Yamagata Prefecture, Inatori’s “Hina no Tsurushi Kazari Matsuri” on the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, is one of Japan’s top three “hanging hina doll decoration” festivals. 2019 is the 22nd public celebration of this festival in Inatori Onsen.
With displays set up throughout the Higashi-Izu area, there are plenty of places to see the brightly-coloured, loving-sewn decorations. Last year the local Hachiman Shrine was added as an extra venue and this year the decorations will also be on display at Shōjōji Temple, one of Izu Peninsula’s 88 holy sites.
The display on the 118 steps leading up to Susanoo Shrine ranks as one of the “most-tiered” hina doll displays in Japan. Various events take place throughout the festival period, including the “Hina Fes” on March 2 and 3, with displays, hands-on workshops and stalls. The “Hina Fes” will be held in the township of Inatori Onsen itself, in the streets between Izu-Inatori Station and the main display venue, Hina-no-kan Hall in Inatori Bunka Kōen Park.
What better way to wish for the health and happiness of your own daughter, than a visit to Inatori Onsen’s Hina no Tsurushi Kazari festival!
Period: January 20 (Sunday) – March 31 (Sun)
Location: Throughout the town of Inatori Onsen in Higashi Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Main Venues: Hina-no-kan Hall, Inatori Bunka Kōen Park (300 yen); Mukai-an (300 yen)
Additional Venues: Naburatoto (100 yen); Futatsubori (free); Hachiman Shrine (free), and other venues.
Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (last entry at 16:30) all venues.