Tochigi Prefecture

Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi) Tourist Information Centers

Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi) Tourist Information Centers Ashikaga is very proud of its nature and history. Ashikaga is surrounded by green mountains and the city is divided by the Watarase River. Ashikaga, with great pride, offers you many historical and cultural heritages including Ashikaga Gakko (Ashikaga school), the oldest school in Japan and Bannaji temple which is closely connected to the Ashikaga shogunate. More...

Moka/Mooka City (Mooka-shi)

Steam train of Moka/Mooka City (Mooka-shi) Moka/Mooka City (Mooka-shi/真岡市) was borne through the merger of four neighboring municipalities (one town and three villages) in 1954, and since then it has been developed as a well harmonized city of agriculture, industry and commerce. Mashiko is a famous place for ceramic art. If you like cars, you should go to see “Twin-Rink Motegi.” You probably also can come up...

Mashiko Town (Mashiko-machi)

Mashiko-yaki (Mashiko Pottery).JPG If you’re into pottery, Mashiko Town (益子町, Mashiko-machi) is the place to go in Tochigi. Mashiko is located in the southeastern part of the prefecture where there are over 300 kilns throughout the city. According to history, Otsuka Keizaburo was the potter responsible for creating a unique style of pottery in 1853. A semi-annual Pottery market attracts many visitors...

The City of Kanuma (Kanuma-shi)

The City of Kanuma (Kanuma-shi) This town is known throughout Japan as the best spot in the nation for Azaleas. Other places of interest are Yatainomachi Chuo-Koen (Central Park), where many wooden crafts are on display, and Kikusuien Japanese garden. The city of Kanuma (鹿沼市, Kanuma-shi), also largely surrounded by mountains, extends east and west in central Tochigi Prefecture. Highways built in...

Kanuma Yatai Float Center

Kanuma Yatai Float Center YATAI FLOAT CENTER The Yatai (ornately carved wooden floats), cultural assets unique to Kanuma, were also made during this period. Many of the woodworkers who constructed the famous Toshogu shrine in Nikko were Kanuma citizens. These woodworkers had to be highly skilled craftsmen in order to complete the intricate details of the shrine. More than four million, five...

Tochigi City (Tochigi-shi)

enjoying Uzuma river (Uzumagawa) along Tochigi City (Tochigi-shi) Tochigi City (Tochigi-shi/ 栃木市), with a population of 144,541 (December 1, 2011), is located about 80km north from Tokyo. The area is 284.83 km2 (109.97 sq mi) and unique in character. Possessing cultural and social diversity, our city has flourished throughout its long history as an important regional hub. Each season provides a natural surrounding for scenic...

Utsunomiya City (Utsunomiya-shi)

Utsunomiya City (Utsunomiya-shi) Tourism The capital of Tochigi Prefecture, Utsunomiya City (Utsunomiya-shi/宇都宮市) is located 100 kilometers north of Tokyo and is easily accessed by bullet train or highway. The cultural, political and economic center of the prefecture is home to about 440,000 people. Within the city, "Romantic Mura" features a local brewery where you can enjoy a beer, and a hot spring....

Nasukarasuyama (Karasuyama) Yama-age Festival

Nasukarasuyama (Karasuyama) Yama-age Festival Yama-age festival is held on 4th Saturday in July following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Yama-age festival is said to data from 1560, when Suketane Nasu, the lord of the Karasuyama castle deified Susano-no-mikoto, the brother of the Su-goddess to drive out the plague. In Shintoism he was believed to be potent in amelioration of health. The Kaduki drama...

Nasukarasuyama City (Nasukarasuyama-shi)

Nasukarasuyama City (Nasukarasuyama-shi) Nasukarasuyama City (Nasukarasuyama-shi) is famous for it’s handmade Japanese paper and the Yama-age Festival, which is over 400 years old. The festival originated in 1560 when a terrible plague ravaged the city. The festival evolved as a way to drive away the evil spirits and bring locals hope and happiness. Every year from July 25th – 27th visitors can take part in...

Hunter Mt. Shiobara - Ski & Snow Resort

Hunter Mountain Shiobara is one of the largest snow resorts in the Tokyo region, has 12 trails for you to enjoy including a 3km downhill trail. There is also the 'Snow Park', which has rails, boxes kickers and a half pipe, a 'Slalom' trail, the 'Family Park', where children can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and the 'Kids Park', for playing in the snow, so everyone...

Shiobara Hot Springs Village - Southwest of Nasu

Shiobara Hot Springs Village - southwest of Nasu Shiobara is the second largest hot spring area in Tochigi. This quiet mountain village became a popular destination for scholars during the Meiji Period. Shiobara-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village is located slightly to the southwest of Nasu along the Shiobara Valley at the upper reaches of the Houki-gawa River, and is commonly known simply as "Shiobara's Eleven Hot...

Nakagawa Town (Nakagawa-machi) Tourist Info

Nakagawa Town (Nakagawa-machi) Tourist Info Nakagawa is a famous fishing village situated along the Nakagawa River. From June – October you can try your luck fishing for sweet fish. After catching them with your bare hands, have them prepared at one of the nearby restaurants. A favorite of the celebrated poet Basho, the beautiful grounds of Kurobane are also worth a visit. Nakagawa Town (Nakagawa-machi) is...

Four seasons in Nasu Town (Nasu-machi)

Spring (Kohkin) Spring, the season when pretty little flowers greet you. Trees which endured at the severe winter come into beautiful and crisp flower, encouraging and moving us. A new year of Nasu starts in this year, again. Summer (Suikan) Fresh green and vibrant life shine Whiteness of the remaining snow, fresh green and blue in the sky Refreshing sense of...

Nasu Town (Nasu-Machi) Local Areas

Ashino area The Ashino area, production center of Ashino-ishi stones, a prosperous town with a relay station and a castle along the Oshu road in olden days The Ashino urban district of the Ashino area has been flourished as a post town and a castle town along the Oshu road since the olden days. The area is famous for its agricultural zone, which centers on rice...

The 5 Mountain Peaks in Nasu

Mt. Chausu-dake Chausu-dake, the highest mountain, is an active volcano and at a height of 1915 m above sea level, fumes white smoke. This is a popular hiking trail, where holidaymakers and their families can climb as far up as the 8th stage of the mountain by ropeway. Mt. Minami-gassan Minami-gassan is a mountain ridge with a gentle slope stretching on the...