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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

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Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Zao Takayu traditional kokeshi dollsYamagata

Kokeshi dolls are simple wooden toys in human form, and have been produced in the Tohoku region of Japan for many centuries. The dolls are made by attaching a round head to a cylindrical torso made on a wheel, and decorating the torso with simple colors. The kokeshi dolls of this region have a thick torso decorated with paintings of chrysanthemums and safflowers, and slightly rounded shoulders, and also feature a distinctive large head inserted into the body.
Address & Access
Address: Zao Onsen, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata
Admission Fee: Fee: 300 yen for one doll
Closed: Date: Sundays, 13:00-16:00 (reception by 15:30)


Tourist Facilities of Japan

Zao Takayu traditional kokeshi dolls