Shiroishi is primarily known for its historical samurai roots, including an impressive smaller scale castle, and its healthy and tasty umen noodles. However, walk around any town and there is sure to be more than first meets the eye. One such place is the Shiroishi Doll Warehouse (白石人形倉）.
Housed in actually two Edo era warehouses are a huge variety and number of traditional dolls. Something unique I have never seen are the dolls and some of the artifacts from during wartime Japan. Also, on the first floor of the main warehouse is a dagashi-ya. These postwar toy stands are quite rare today. All the playthings here take you back to a time in Japan remembered by the older generation yet often not explored by the casual visitor. If few visitors, staff will often guide you around. Staff and information is primarily Japanese only.
Open 10:00-16:00. Closed Wednesdays. About a 10 minute walk from the castle or 20 minute walk from Shiroishi Station.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.