The Hyakudan Kaidan, a tangible cultural asset of Tokyo, are worth a visit at any time of the year. But throw in the Hinamatsuri (doll's festival) doll's display and the result is borderline other-worldly. On each floor of the hyakudan they have traditional Japanese hina dolls on display. They range in size and antiquity. Even if you have been to the doll's festival at Gajoen before, there is always a reason to go back as each year they display dolls from different regions of Japan.
The 2020 Hyakudan Hinamatsuri is on from the 24th of January (Friday) to March 15th (Sunday). During this period the exhibition will be on daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with last entry to the Hyakudan at 4.30 pm. This is a very popular exhibit, attracting thousands of visitors each year. It is advised to buy tickets in advance.
Please note that apart from two marked areas, photography is strictly forbidden during the period of the Hinamatsuri.
- Pre-purchased tickets cost 1400 yen
- 1600 yen for a ticket on the day
- 1000 yen for university and high school students
- 600 yen for elementary and junior high school students
Tickets can be bought in advance online at the official ticket selling website for the Hyakudan Hinamatsuri.
By public transport
The Gajoen Hotel and Hyakudan Kaidan are a three minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote line.
The hotel is a three minute drive from the Meguro exit of the Shuto Expressway Route two. Parking costs 400 yen for 30 minutes.
Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them. Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experien...