Kokeshi Doll Painting at Matsuya Souvenir Shop

Kokeshi Doll Painting at Matsuya Souvenir Shop

This souvenir shop sells a large variety of Tsuchiyu Onsen local products, the most well-known - of course - is the Tsuchiyu Kokeshi dolls. Tsuchiyu Kokeshi wooden dolls are known for their peculiar expressions. Matsuya Souvenir Shop even includes a kokeshi workshop, where an artisan creates kokeshi right before your eyes. For a particularly unique experience, you can paint your own Kokeshi Doll!  

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://fukushima-guide.jp/experience/kokeshi-workshops/
Contact

Fukushima City Tourism & Convention Association

(+81) 24-563-5554

Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Irregular shop holidays.

Entrance FeeThe menu is subject to change.
Access Details
AccessShitanomachi 25, Tsuchiyu Onsen-machi, Fukushima City, Fukushima Pref. 960-2157
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Getting there

By Car: 20 min drive from the Fukushima-nishi I.C. exit off the Tohoku Expressway

By Public Transport: 40 min by bus from outside Fukushima Station's east exit. Get off at the Tsuchiyu Onsen bus stop. From there, the shop is a short walk.

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    You can enjoy this multi-day relaxation tour of Fukushima any time of year. But that’s not the only thing to make this trip so enticing. You’ll find something for everyone in the family or quiet spots of solitude to be enjoyed alone. Whether you’re traveling with someone or by yourself, this is the perfect way to enjoy Fukushima. Take a bus ride from Fukushima Station to Hotel Sansuiso. Enjoy a quiet room at this lovely hotel where you can soak away your worries in one of their many hot spring baths. Especially nice during winter are the outdoor baths, let the cool air wash over your exposed face while the waters keep you warm. After a day sequestered in baths, why not take a stroll about town and visit the famous shop Matsuya. See their own unique kokeshi dolls, which are popular toys around Japan with each area creating completely unique kokeshi dolls. After you’ve admired the curious little wooden dolls, try your hand at painting your own under the guidance of one of the shop’s staff. Take your very own kokeshi doll back with you as a unique souvenir and memory of your time in Fukushima Prefecture. Finally, explore the other hot spring baths that Tsuchiyu Onsen has to offer. Choose from public baths, baths in other ryokan, or a number of a foot baths dotted around the town. No matter where you turn, you’re sure to enjoy the calming and rejuvenating waters. When you’ve finished enjoying everything that the area has to offer, head back to Fukushima Station by bus.  

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