PICKUP SPOTS 「Iwatsuki area」

Saitama European Vegetables

Saitama European Vegetable Society was established in 2013, spurred by the queries of a local chef, "Can it be possible to grow unique French and Italian vegetables that are not cultivated in Japan?" Today, it has developed into one of Japan's leading production areas, shipping about 70 types of vegetables. Since 2016, the Saitama European Vegetable Cooking Contest has been held, where young chefs compete. In the City, you can enjoy not only Italian and French food, but also Japanese food and Chinese food with local production for local consumption.

Tougyoku Ningyo Museum

A museum that exhibits outstanding gems from the precious collection of Tougyoku, a long-established doll manufacturing and sales company founded in 1852. Not to mention Hina dolls and May dolls, there are various exhibition contents such as costume dolls, puppets, karakuri dolls, and works of contemporary artists. We also offer a workshop tour where you can experience the production site of Hina dolls that you can not usually see, and a reservation-only experience course where you can actually challenge the production of "ema" plaques and dolls (prior confirmation is required as it may not be running depending on the situation).

Iwatsuki Joshi Park

The park was built on the site of Iwatsuki Castle, which was the domain office of the Iwatsuki Domain. The earthworks still remain there, and the site of the empty moat is now a promenade. The Ningyo-zuka (grave for dolls) built by the Iwatsuki Doll Association is a symbol of Iwatsuki, the ""doll town"". A doll memorial service is held in front of this on November 3rd every year. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot where about 600 cherry blossoms bloom, and the contrast with the vermilion-painted Yatsuhashi-bridge over the iris pond is spectacular. This is colored up with water lilies around June. There is also an exhibition of Tobu Railway's Romancecar Kinu, which is irresistible for train lovers.

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Iwatsuki Tourist Information Center

Look no further for tourist information and inquiries about ""Iwatsuki, the town of dolls"". Located at Iwatsuki Station on the Tobu Line, after exiting the ticket gate and walking toward the east exit, the Center welcomes visitors. In addition to keeping various pamphlets so that you can easily pick up, the Center also communicates events and information relevant to the Iwatsuki area. There is also a booth displaying Iwatsuki's specialty products such as dolls, so please feel free to browse them. You will surely feel like exploring more of the sightseeing places.

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Iwatsuki-Negi Leek Salted Fried Noodle

Cited in the classic rakugo ""Tarachine,"" Iwatsuki 'negi' green onion is a traditional vegetable that has been known as a masterpiece since the Edo period but is now called ""phantom green onion"" due to its low distribution volume. This dish is a local gourmet that was devised during participation in the 4th Saitama B-class Local Gourmet King Contest held in 2009 in order to inform people about the sweet, soft and fragrant features of the green onion. The salty taste complements the sweetness of Iwatsuki green onions, and despite the first appearance, the dish achieved a runner-up position.

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Tofu Ramen

A local ramen that originated in Iwatsuki, with soy sauce-based soup topped with silk tofu and minced meat with a thick sauce. At first glance, one can confuse this dish with mapo tofu ramen, but they are actually close but not the same. This one is not so spicy, and it has a rather refreshing and gentle taste. The reason why its name became known is the victory in the 2nd Saitama B-class Local Gourmet King Contest held in 2008. It has also achieved good results since then, including winning the same Contest, and has been made into instant noodles.

Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

Adjacent to the Saitama City Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum, this is a base for communicating information on Iwatsuki's history, culture, industry, and tourism. The attraction here is the cafe restaurant Yoroken Cafe on the 1st floor where you can eat delicious dishes using plenty of European vegetables, which can be said to be Saitama's specialty now. The good thing is, you can buy European vegetables harvested in the morning, as well as foods and crafts closely related to Iwatsuki at the adjacent direct sales shop. In addition, demonstrations of traditional crafts and workshops are also held. Please enjoy the new charm of Iwatsuki.

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Nigiwai Koryukan Iwatsuki

Hisaizu-jinja Shrine

Since "久伊豆=Hisaizu" can also be read as "quiz", it is also known as a ""quiz shrine"" that is strong in bringing good luck to contest participants. To such as extent that it even became the stage for a certain quiz show. It is a venerable shrine that is said to have begun the reign of Emperor Kimmei about 1400 years ago, with Okuninushi as the deity. This is a famous spot as the general guardian of Iwatsuki Castle and the protector of Edo in the "kimon=unluckly northeastern direction". Amulets designed with peacocks symbols, which are related to Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of the former royal family, are popular.

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Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum

Speaking of Iwatsuki, it is one of Japan's leading Ningyo producing areas. Opened in 2020 in such a ""Ningyo town"", it is Japan's first public museum with the theme of Ningyo. The highlight of the exhibition is the collection of Tekiho Nishizawa, a well-known collector and researcher in the field of Ningyo toys. Hina Ningyo and Gosho Ningyo, as well as miniature Ningyo, Saga Ningyo, and Ichimatsu Ningyo that you can enjoy dressing up; even if you don't know their names, you will surely be fascinated by their loveliness, sophistication, and beauty.

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Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum

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