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 the festivities as well.

Nasu-Karasuyama city is located in the eastern part of Tochigi Prefecture, and surrounding with Yamizo Mountains. Naka River, a clear stream, runs from north to south of the town, and it creates tasteful appearances throughout four seasons.

And then, people in a preserved castle town Karasuyama fostered a unique culture. Especially, Yamaage Festival is designated as an important national intangible folk culture property, and has a 450-year-old history.

There are much more cultural places to see like Ryuumon Waterfall, Taihei Temple, the ruins of Karasuyama Castle, and Washi(traditional hand made paper) center. So, how about walking around and feeling an elegant atmosphere in Karasuyama.

You will enjoy beautiful scenery of Naka-river along Yamizo mountains, out-door sports (fishing, canoeing, bird-watching) and seasonal fruits (grapes oranges, apples). The sights to see are as follows. Bishamon-mountain, Atago-park, Ryumon-cascad, Heguri-hill Ochiishi, Hanatate-hill, Kunimi, Kago-yama, Taihei-temple, Karasuyama-castle Jukisan-shrine, Toko-shrine, Nasu families graveyard, kobenmon, Yakumo0shrine, Miyabara hachimangu, Kido-hudoson.

On October 1, 2005 Karasuyama town (Karasuyama-machi) was merged with the Minaminasu town (Minaminasu-machi), also from Nasu District, and formed the new Nasukarasuyama City (Nasukarasuyama-shi). Nasu district (Nasu-gun) consists of the two discontiguous towns of Nasu Town (Nasu-machi) and Nakagawa Town (Nakagawa-machi), separated by the separate city of Otawara (Otawara-shi) in the middle.

  • Kurobane

    Set amidst the shade of huge Cedar trees, many people visited this quiet temple for solitude and meditation. It was founded in 1404 and contains many beautifully carved statues and other works. The main building features a thatched roof and the pleasant garden is filled with flowers. Perhaps the most famous guest, Matsuo Basho is reported to have stayed in Kurobane for 14 days. Locals are proud to note that this was the longest amount of time he spent in any one place while writing Okunohosomichi, his book of poems. Consequently, the Basho Center has an informative display about his poetry. Another place where Basho visited and wrote several poems was Unganji Temple, established in 1130.

  • Nasukarasuyama (Karasuyama) Yama-age Festival at Yama'age Kaikan (Yamaage center)

    Yama-age festival show
    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 performed as a dedication has become transmuted into the Yama-age festival of today. Nasu-Karasuyama Tourism, Karasuyama Branch is located in Yama'age Kaikan (Yamaage center). Yamaage festival is held in summer here. Visitors to the Yama'age Kaikan can view yatai (outdoor stalls) actually used in the Yama'age Festival, which the hall has set up to make the festival more widely known. More Details: Nasukarasuyama (Karasuyama) Yama-age Festival

  • Karasuyama Bridge/ Karasuyama Ohashi over Naka River (Naka-gawa)

    Karasuyama Bridge from the Ohshimas backyard

    The Karasuyama Bridge on a prefectural road, Karasuyama Gozenyama Line crosses the Naka River. Karasuyama Bridge is the largest Cable-stay Bridge in Tochigi, stretching cables on both sides from the main tower, which is in the middle of it. After the Karasuyama Bridge was opened, the Miyasakai Bridges, the old and decaying bridge, was closed to break down. The new bridge crosses the Naka River 400 meters down from the old bridge. It is 532 meters long and 14 meters wide, and consists of one traffic lane and a sidewalk on each side. The project was started in 1989, and cost 6.8 billion-yen. Naka River (Naka-gawa) flows through the prefectures of Tochigi, Ibaraki and including parts of neighboring Fukushima Prefecture. Its source is at Nasu-dake in Nikko National Park.
    Address: Asahi Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0624 Japan

  • Karasuyama Washi Kaikan

    Karasuyama Washi Kaikan
    The history of Kasasuyama Washi is so long that it is written in the documents of Shoso-in (the Nara period) about Washi. Because of its unique lustrous colors and toughness, Karasuyama Washi is used to create elegant oshie (3 dimensional doll paper pictures) and many other artistic crafts. The Karasuyama Washi Kaikan's building itself stands as a visually stunning piece of the city's heritage of modernization.Inside, visitors can find beautiful Karasuyama washi on display and for sale.
    Karasuyama Washi Kaikan
    Address: 2-6-8 Chuo, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0621, Japan
    Tel: 0287-82-2100
    Closed on Tuesday.
    Website: http://inoues.net/museum2/karasuyama_wasi.html

  • Furusato Folk Entertainment Center/ Ryumon Furusato Mingeikan/ Longmen Oldness And Folk Handicraft Building

    Ryumon Furusato Folk Entertainment Center, Nasukarasuyama City

    There is Ryujindo (a lair of dragon) in the center, a powerful and splendid dragon utilizing high technology appears from the rocks. Its contrivance is valuable to see.

    Ryumon no Nakiryu (roaring dragon)

    Ryumon no Nakiryu (roaring dragon)

    Ryumon no Nakiryu was drawn by Hokusai Yoshihara, a technical expert of selecting and preserving paintings for national structures. It is drawn with Chinese ink and black ink on a cedar board (cut out of a 300-year-old Japanese cedar tree grown in Karasuyama) which is as large as 8 tatami mats. It took a half year to draw and completed on September, 1996.

    Taihei Temple

    Taihei Temple, Nasukarasuyama

    1200 years ago, Sakanoue Tamuramaro built a temple and placed Senjukannonbosatsu (the Goddess of Mercy with 1000 arms) to celebrate great success of subjugating Ezo (Hokkaido). After that, Jikakudaishi established Takiosann Syougan-in Takheiji in 848. In precincts of the temple, there is a tomb called Hebihimesama (princess of snake) which is well known in the novel of Kawaguchi Matsutaro.

    Ryumon Waterfall/Ryumon no Taki (Dragon's Gate Waterfall)

    Ryumon Waterfall or Ryumon no Taki (Dragon's Gate Waterfall), Nasukarasuyama

    Ryumon no taki is a cascade in Egawa, a tributary stream joining to Nakagawa, 20 meters high and 65 meters wide. In the middle of the cascade, there are two eroded pits called Megama and Ogama. According to folklore of this waterfall, an enormous monster lived in Ogama. Once an awful snake came out of Ogama, and coiled seven and a half times around Niomon of Taiheiji, although the tail of snake still remained in Ogama. After that the cascade is called Ryumon no Taki (dragon's gate waterfall).
    Furusato Folk Entertainment Center/Ryumon Waterfall/Ryumon no Taki (Dragon's Gate Waterfall)
    414 Taki, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0633, Japan
    Furusato Folk Entertainment Center is closed on Tuesday (if it's holiday, closed on Wednesday) and 12/29 to 1/3.
    Tel: 0287-83-2765
    Website: http://w01.tp1.jp/~a880011651/index.html

  • Shimazaki Brewery

    Shimazaki Brewery, Nasukarasuyama
    Would you like to know the history of sake brewery? Traditional technique of sake brewing lasting over 300 years makes Azumanishiki, the sake of a well-known brand. Shimazaki Brewery is available to see the factory throughout the year. Please enjoy tasteful and elegant atmosphere in a sake cellar.
    Address: 1-11-18 Chuo, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0621, Japan
    Hour: Open 365 Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m./ Admission Free
    Tel: 0287-83-1221
    Fax: 0287-84-1728
    Website: http://www.azumarikishi.co.jp/index.shtml

  • Minami Nasumachi Tourism/Nasukarasuyama-shi Tourist Association/Kankou Bussan Center

    156-8 Ogane, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0522, Japan
    Tel: 0287-88-8192
    http://minaminasu.shokokai-tochigi.or.jp/irumination/irumi.htm

  • Okane Suspension Bridge
    Okane Suspension Bridge, Iwako, Nasukarasuyama

    Iwako, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0521, Japan
    Tel: 0287-88-7118 (Nasukarasuyama Urban construction department)
  • Minaminasu Town Illumination Project
    Minaminasu Town Illumination, Nasukarasuyama.

    240 Ogane, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0522, Japan
    Contact: Minami Nasumachi Tourism Center
    Website: http://minaminasu.shokokai-tochigi.or.jp/irumination/irumi.htm
  • Naka River (Nakagawa) weirs (fish traps - Fishing Tackle, Lures, Reels, Rods, Poles, Gear, Fly, Equipment ...)

    Naka River weirs (fish traps) in  Nasukarasuyama
    A yana, the Japanese word for "weir," is an uncommon way to catch fish. Its design takes advantage of the ayu's habit of heading downstream to lay eggs by setting up a ramp made of bamboo up which the fish swim and get caught as they attempt to head back upstream.From early summer through autumn, freshly caught ayu are salted, grilled over fires built on the riverbanks and eaten by visitors.

    Naka River (Nakagawa) fishery cooperative
    38-1 Kyono, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0611, Japan
    Tel: 0287-84-1501, 0287-83-0120
    Website: http://www.mt-crow.net/naka-nanbu/

    Hitotsuishi Weir
    1315 Mukada, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0635, Japan
    Telephone: 0287-82-3894

    Funato Weir
    1714 Nogami, Nasu-Karasuyama-shi, Tochigi 321-0634, Japan
    Telephone: 0287-84-0327

    Hinokiya Weir
    265 Miyabara, Nasu-Karasuyama-shi, Tochigi 321-0625, Japan
    Tel: 0287-82-2882
    Fax: 0287-84-0796
    Website: http://mt-crow.net/hinokiya/

    Yazawa Weir
    1078-2 Takita, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0605, Japan
    Telephone: 0287-84-1187, 0287-82-2566
    Fax: 0287-82-2566
    Website: http://mt-crow.net/yana//

    You may find all other here: http://www.city.nasukarasuyama.lg.jp/9,0,42,104.html

  • Shimada Udon (Curry Soup) Noodles

    Shimada Udon (Curry Soup) Noodles, Nasukarasuyama City
    "Shimada noodles" using a little wheat flour from Japan are noodles boasting strength of waist by the manufacturing method high maturational original. It is a popular noodles dish.

    Arai Noodle-making place
    1-16-11 Asahi, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0624, Japan
    Telephone: 0287-82-2282
    Fax: 0287-83-0984
    http://nakara.shokokai-tochigi.or.jp/shokokai/kigyou/kigyou_date/015/015...

    Seki Noodle-making place
    1462 Ooke, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0602, Japan
    Telephone: 0287-82-2721

    Nojiri store
    5-4 Hatsune, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0626, Japan
    Telephone: 0120-35-8740, 0287-82-2266
    Fax: 0287-82-2271
    Website: http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~nojiri/

    Benten Food
    1990 Takita, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0605, Japan
    Tel: 0287-82-2657
    Fax: 0287-84-3761
    Website: http://www.rakuten.co.jp/bentenfoods/info.html

  • Nasu-Karasuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Main Branch
    2-5-11 Kanai, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0628, Japan
    Tel: 0287-82-2323
    Fax: 0287-83-2566
    Ryumon Waterfall
    Minaminasu Town (Minaminasu-machi) Branch
    194-3 Ogane, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0522, Japan
    Tel: 0287-88-2029
    Fax: 0287-88-2049
    Nasu-Karasuyama Chamber of Commerce and Industry Website: http://nakara.shokokai-tochigi.or.jp/

  • Nasukarasuyama City Govt.
    Commerce and Tourism Division/ Nasu-Karasuyama Welfare Office
    1-1-1 Chuo, Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture 321-0621, Japan
    Tel: 0287-83-1115, 0287-83-1111
    Fax: 0287-88-7111
    Website: http://www.city.nasukarasuyama.lg.jp/