Until the 5th of March the Echizen Doll festival (Hina Matsuri) which signifies the beginning of spring is held in Ono, Fukui.
Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival (Girl’s Day) is a traditional Japanese festival which features dolls which represent the Japanese Emperor, Empress and others members of the royal court dressed up in attire from the Heian period. The dolls are traditionally laid out on a stair-shaped viewing platform.
The dolls were originally sent down the river to the ocean and said with the goal of taking all troubles with them and away from the person who placed them. Interestingly East Japan and West Japan place the dolls in a different order.
The doll-stand which is 7 meters wide and 4 meters tall houses over 200 dolls. From the Edo period there are only two remaining life-sized dolls that are on display in Echizen. In order to foster US-Japanese relations, in 1927 the US sent clay figures and blue-eyed dolls which are also on display.
Other than that there is a stamp rally. You can collect stamps on the 2nd floor of the western-style house “Heiseionoya”, the old samurai residence “Kyuuchiyama”, the old feudal lord retreat, Motomachikaian, Shiroshitacho, Higashihiroba, JR Echizen Ono Station, Ono City Library and Ono History Museum and if you collect all the stamps you can get a souvenir. There are also dolls on display at the venue where the stamp rally commences.