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Kawaguchiko Muse Museum

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Address: 923 Kodachi | Yagisaki Park, Minamitsuru-gun, Fujikawaguchiko-machi 401-0302, Yamanashi Prefecture
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A fascinating display of creativity

I am not a doll type person but these are much more than mere dolls. They are the creative efforts of Atae Yuki. The dolls body are made from cotton but have the most lifelike... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2016

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

I am not a doll type person but these are much more than mere dolls. They are the creative efforts of Atae Yuki. The dolls body are made from cotton but have the most lifelike facial expressions and poses. The clothing, shoes and hair are painstakingly fabricated in perfect detail. The cafe has a magnificent outlook over the lake and... More 

Thank Have_Bag
Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Was the last place on earth that I thought I would enjoy, but I was actually blown away by the dolls. The artist captured the emotions of each subject making them seem to come alive. Absolutely recommend a quick visit.

Thank Clayton P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Amazing hand-crafted dolls on display. Really life-like with amazing facial expressions. Definite must-see. The gardens around the museum are beautiful with lavender fields (unfortunatelt not in bloom in autumn) with view of Mt Fuji in the background Attached cafe at the museum serves up tea and lunch sets. Tasty cold soba set and pastries were good. Had a sponge roll... More 

Thank LCW24
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

I happened upon the pamphlet and it was a treat! Amazing craftsmanship by an unknown artist making mesmerizing dolls with the most intricate and detailed facial expression possible. Well worth a visit!

Thank Mish_H50
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

We visited here as we had time to kill and didn't really know what to expect. It is a curation of the artist's work of small delicate dolls, mostly of children but some of film characters and mythical beasts. Very interesting to see how they were made and how dedicated the artist is to his work, but we were not... More 

Thank Annette M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Really small place which was unexpected as the entrance fee for 600 yen. You will get to see really life-like dolls which is quite interesting, if you really love dolls. But you dont get to take pictures & too little dolls were on display. Put this part of your itinerary only if you have the extra time to spend.

Thank aska215
Amersham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Relatively small place. You will see lots of nice life-like dolls (although their eyes seemed somewhat expressionless to us). They are all fairly similar in technique and expression. Recommended if the weather is not good or you don't have anything else to do around Fuji.

Thank KremlinGremlin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We stumbled upon this museum whilst strolling around Kawaguchiko. We had no idea what it was about so used the coffee shop free wi-fi to check for trip advisor reviews! It all looked promising so we bought our tickets, and were far from disappointed. The dolls are stunning, and the display and video showing how they're made is fascinating. We... More 

Thank Annie S
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

This museum is dedicated to a doll maker Yuki Ayae. Seeing is believing. He is a Japanese National Treasure and his work is absolutely amazing. Take your time to look at the dolls - all hand made by one person. Then have tea or coffee in their cafe with a beautiful view of the lake.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2015

This museum, to some extent like the Itchiku Kubota museum, is an obvious demonstration of what Japanese people can accomplish witht their passion, devotion and patience. "A real Geppetto" experience as the dolls look full of life and expression.

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