Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art

Introduction of facilities

Introduction of facilitiesIntroduction of facilities

Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art

2941-1, Iiyama, Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture 389-2253
TEL 0269-67-0139 FAX 0269-67-0141

●Hours of Operation

Spring-Autumn(Apr. - Nov.)9:00 - 17:00
Winter(Dec. - Mar.) 10:00 - 16:00
※Last entry 30 minutes before closing time.


On Wednesdays.
Closed during the Year End/New Year holiday season.
For further details, please refer to the museum calendar.


Adults ¥610
Elementary/Junior high school students ¥410
Group visitors (eight or more paying visitors) Student ID holders ¥100 discount each
※Admission will be ¥310 for those in possession of a Physically/Mentally Handicapped ID (¥310 will also apply to one other accompanying such a person).

About Mayumi TakahashiAbout Mayumi Takahashi

About Mayumi Takahashi

After having learned the basics of doll making via a correspondence course offered by the Japan Creative Doll Making Institute, Mayumi Takahashi established her own style of doll making through trial and error. She won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Yuzawaya Creative Doll Making Exhibition and numerous other prizes at exhibitions such as the Shin Seiki Doll Exhibition and the Japan Arts & Crafts Exhibition. In 2001, she published, at her own expense, her first book entitled "Manazashi" relating to her collection of self-made dolls. In 2003, she began traveling with her exhibition on a tour around Japan, promoted by the "Gifts from Your Home" Executive Committee. By the spring of 2010, her traveling exhibitions attracted some 1.8 million visitors at 95 locations nationwide, gaining an overwhelmingly favorable reception wherever she went. In 2010, she opened the Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art in Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture. She has also authored several books, including "Kusa-no-Michi" (Path of Grass) about her collection of dolls (publisher: Kodansha), a collection of essays entitled "Ningen Banzai" (Viva Humanity!) (publisher: Seiryu Shuppan), and a collection of photos/essays entitled "Takahashi Mayumi's Journey to Meet Dolls" (publisher: The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun). Some of her artistic creations were used as motifs for Yomeishu's (a herbal liqueur maker) TV commercial, NHK's "Minna-no-Uta" (Everyone's Songs) TV program and for prepaid QUO Cards featuring regional attractions of Nagano Prefecture.

About Mayumi Takahashi

Appearance and interior

The Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art was opened in Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture in April 2010.
Its concept was to allow visitors to enjoy both the world of heartwarming dolls and the warmth of the traditional Japanese countryside that inspired them.
The museum is located in a quarter of the city that is home to numerous temples that retain a nostalgic aura characterized by “gangi” (alleyways covered with snow-protection eaves), the sound of a local train as it clicks, clanks and rumbles by and the now-and-then chiming of temple bells.


Left:Restau Shinakura Yukiakari
Right:Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art

Tea room



Chindon'ya On Break(2007)

Guide on floor