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Kakashi no Sato

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Address: Higashiiyanagoro, Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture
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Located on the way to the Oku-Iya vine bridges, this last village in Iya has very little going on, so its understandable why the local artist made so many inhabitants to fill the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo, Japan
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on the way to the Oku-Iya vine bridges, this last village in Iya has very little going on, so its understandable why the local artist made so many inhabitants to fill the place. Its easy to think the life-sized dolls are real, and even knowing that they were only dolls, we still did some double takes (like with the... More 

Thank Taki77
hong kong
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460 reviews
348 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

well. good for not the first time to watch such Japanese doll. this time we keep peaceful than previous. although it still feeling weird but we respect their original belief for it. worth for stop car to visit it if yet to see it before.

Thank iamface
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243 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This small village in the middle of nowhere offers a rare insight into current society in Japan and the dwindling population issue. The idea is amazing, commemorating the real people in the village. The execution is precise- some dolls are so real in their positioning, so real in the daily activity - its what villages looked like 50 years ago.... More 

Thank Mish_H50
Southport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I had read about this place in a series of "weird places around the world" articles. Nagoro is a dying village - most of the younger residents have left for the cities. Resident Tsukimi Ayano has taken it upon herself to replace the lost residents with scarecrows, and there's over a hundred of them around the village, positioned into every... More 

Thank PsychoSavager
Takamatsu, Japan
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

"Mixed feelings" best describes my impressions upon stumbling into "The village of the dolls." Hundreds of mannequins populate a small town, doing everyday tasks like fishing, cleaning, and road work. They sit and chat in groups, or stand alone in fields. It is fun to search for them, but also somewhat creepy, as if real people have been replaced by... More 

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Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Walking around in the village of the dolls was amazing. I was not quite sure what to think of it. The dolls appear so real in the sense that they make you realise that they might have been alive once in this village that had once more inhabitants than it has today. We had the opportunity to briefly meet the... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We stopped off here while driving through the valley, it's an unusual and thought provoking experience. My children were particularly interested, they first found it scary and then they felt sad. I recommend you get out and have a look at the dolls, if possible have a chat to the lady who makes them.

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

There are more than 150 dolls in this village, and not a single store or even working vending machine. Apparently the population is down to 35 people, and we only saw 2 while we were there. Every building that is not a house is abandoned and so are most of the houses. You really can feel the emptiness that exists... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

This is by no means worth the trip up the valley, but if you're going anyway, you'll see this along the way. It's probably not worth getting out of your car, but you'll see the scarecrows all over the place from the road. The lady at our hotel told us this place is popular with the Japanese tourists, but I... More 

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Tokushima, Japan
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2011

Near the Double Vine Bridges on the road to Mt. Tsurugi, the terrain flattens a bit and you enter a village. Like most villages in the area, it's pretty quiet. Then suddenly you are surrounded by people - waiting at the bus stop, tilling fields, repair the telephone lines, etc... But they are eerily motionless. Suddenly you realize that everyone... More 

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