Feb/22 - Mar/8, 2020  Nakatsu Hina Doll Festival

Sightseeing information about Feb/22 - Mar/8, 2020  Nakatsu Hina Doll Festival in Japan.

Feb/22 - Mar/8, 2020  Nakatsu Hina Doll Festival 3.1

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 from 2/22 '20 to 3/8 '20


Nakatsu in Oita is known as a Nakatsu Castle Town, which dates back to 1588.
From middle-February to middle-March each year, Nakatsu Castle holds a Hina Doll Festival.
During the festival period, visitors can enjoy the exhibition of rare Hina Dolls such as Yusoku-bina, Kyoho-bina, and Kokin-bina, as well as a 7-cm small hina doll on the hina display decorated elegantly.
One of the highlights is the Human Hina-Doll Display, people who are selected as Hina dolls wear Hina costumes and line up the stage at the back of the castle.
Besides, you can experience "Turning into a Japanese princess at a traditional shrine", or "Strolling the historical streets in Kimono". Also, there are various fun events such as Koto and Taiko performances.

Dates : February 22 - March 8, 2020
*Human Hina Doll Display is held on Feb.29 and Mar.1 at Nakatsu Castle.
Venue : Nakatsu City
Admission (Nakatsu Castle) : 400 yen/adult, 200 yen/child
Access :
By car:
About 60 minutes from Hita IC of Oita Expressway
About 20 minutes from Kouge SIC of Higashi Kyushu Expressway
About 30 minutes from Nakatsu IC of Higashi Kyushu Expressway
By JR:
Get off at Nakatsu Station on JR Nippou Main Line

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5.07 months ago

Beautiful view of Nakatsu from the top of the castle. Lovely environment and rich history inside. Among the most scenic structures I've experienced in Japan.

4.0a year ago

There is free parking, but this visit is not for those who are handicapped. Otherwise,, it is worth the time and effort to see it. The admission is very reasonable. The way the castle is made is totally different than European castles and is more akin to a guard tower than anything else.

If you go, be sure to go behind the stairs of every level. There are hidden things hard to see on nearly every level.

5.02 years ago

Went there on 31 Mar, saw the sakura at the very peak. The place is totally lovely. U can reach there by free rental bike from tourist center. We went to the castle and the park...then took bus to maple yaba cyclying road. From yabakei cycling terminal ride back to aonodomon stop.

5.04 months ago

It’s a Nakatsu castle. It’s standing on the riverside.

3.03 years ago

The views from the top are nice but there is no English information. Not really worth a $4 entry if you can't read Japanese. But the ticket booth/gift shop lady was really friendly and spoke some English. She gave us a map and highlighted good places nearby.