Tochigi Prefecture

Nasu Onsen Hot Springs (the famous 7 Spas in Nasu)

Nasu Highlands also contains "Deer Hot Springs." The name is derived from an old story about an injured deer that is miraculously healed after bathing in the onsen. It is the oldest public bathing area in Nasu and a good place to soak your worries and pains away. Visitors can enjoy seven types of spas by making a tour of them, each possessing a different composition...

Kuizome Temple

The name "Kuizome", or "start to eat", originates from an old legend that a princess of Kurobane Clan, suffering from a strange disease which coursed her to loose the ability to eat, prayed here and attained recovery. Its garden has Juzuwariishi stones, which are said to have been cut into two by Buddhist Saint Nichiren while praying for containing the magical power...

Nasu Onsen Shrine

A shrine established in the Nara age when a hot spring was found in Nasu. An old story tells that Nasu-no-Yoichi, a warrior in the Ganpei war, bent his knee to this shrine praying that he could hit the target of a Japanese fan in the battle of Yashima. It also has a stone monument for a haiku poem by Matsuo Basho who once visited here. Every morning, 6 - 8 a.m., from...

Sessho-no-Seki (Killing Stone)

Its main hot spring - Nasu-Yumoto-onsen (Nasu hot spring resort), includes a historical spot called “Sessho no seki/ Sessho-seki” or killing stone; the setting of an ancient tale in Japanese mythology, a stone that is believed to be the transformation of a legendary fox with nine tails, while a communal bath called "Shika-no-yu (deer's bath)" still maintains the...

Nasu Highland and Nakagawa

Nasu Highland and Nakagawa Nasu Town (Nasu-machi) is located in the northernmost area of Tochigi prefecture. The town is about 180km distant from metropolitan Tokyo, or half way between Tokyo and Sendai. The town stretches out on the foot of Nasu range of mountains and a row of Yamizo Mountains where Chausu-dake Mountain (1915 m), the main peak of Nasu range of mountains, towers in the...

Nikko City (Nikko-shi) Tourist Attractions

Nikko City (Nikko-shi) Tourist Attractions Nikko National Park "Never say you’re content, until you’ve seen Nikko." - Old Japanese proverb The popular tourist area of Nikko is actually part of the Nikko National Park, which spreads over Tochigi, Fukushima, Gunma and Niigata Prefectures. For a lot of visitors to Japan, Nikko tops the list places to see. Mountains, hot springs, hiking and walking trails,...

Tochigi Prefecture Tourist Information

Tochigi, the largest prefecture in eastern Japan, spreads out over 6,400 square kilometers north of Tokyo. Utsunomiya, the prefectural capital, can be reached in just 50 minutes from the center of Tokyo. Tochigi is blessed with a diverse natural environment, including one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Japan. Nikko National Park attracts millions...

Keisokuji Temple

Keisokuji Temple Over 1,100 years ago, this temple was opened by Joeshonin(a Buddhist priest of Todaiji Temple in Nara Pref.) and is the main temple of Singon Esoteric Buddhism. At first, the name was Sesonji Temple (Shakyamuni Temple). During the Tengyo-no-Ran(Tengyo War)(939-940), Hidesato Fujiwara(the head of a powerful family of the Heian period) overthrew Masakado Taira(a...

Oiwa Bishamonten (Saishoji Temple), Akutai & Tainagashi no Shiki Festival

Oiwa Bishamonten (Saishoji Temple) The "Bishamonten" are dedicated to the God of war. Oiwa Bishamonten is one of the three famous Bishamonten in Japan. The other two are located on Kurama mountain in Kyoto Pref. and on Shigi Mountain in Nara Pref. The main hall was rebuilt in 1762(Houreki 12nen) and in 1993 it was widely repaired. The principal image is 1.8inches tall and is made of pure gold. It is...

Tokuzoji Temple

Tokuzoji Temple Tokuzoji temple is said to have been founded at the end of Heiancho period, But the certain age is unknown. There are three famous Gohyaku Rakanson (500 statury of Buddhist monk who has attained Nirvana) in Japan. One is in this temple, one is in Kenchoji temple in Kamakura and the other is in Rakanji temple in Kyushu. Gohyaku Rakan of this temple was designated as...

Orihime Shrine and Orihime Park

vermilion lacquered Orihime Shrine of Ashikaga The vermilion lacquered Orihime Shrine "When you come to Ashikaga, put a mark on the vermilion Orihime Shrine, Karariko-ton-ton, Karariko-ton, Ashikaga is as beautiful a city as a picture, a textile city." The Orihime Shrine appeared in the Ashikaga Ondo(chorus) like this. Orihime Shrine is Weaving Goddess of Ashikaga. The present shrine was re-built through the...

Oze Certified Guides and Organizations

Oze Certified Guides and Organizations Oze National Park, which currently is a part of the Nikko Natioanl Park, became Japan’s 29th national park and the first new one in 20 years, after the designation of Hokkaido’s Kushiro wetlands as a national park in 1987. The Oze National Park will cover a 37,200 hectare area which stretches over Gunma, Fukushima, Tochigi and Niigata prefectures. Oze is famous for...

Oze National Park

Oze National Park tour Oze is home to many beautiful flowers, including skunk cabbages that bloom in marshes during the thawing season and daylilies that show their vivid yellow petals as the surrounding mountains turn green. The area's rich floral environment is a result of interaction among its marshes, mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and local animals. These beautiful surroundings,...

Ashikaga International Association

Ashikaga International Association Ashikaga International Association was established in 1992 and the international exchange has been supported and operated thanks to the free co-operation and commitment of the members of the association. The purpose of this association is to raise the awareness of every citizen by encouraging their participation in various international exchange activities. You are...

Daishoyama mountain hiking course of Ashikaga

Daishoyama mountain hiking course of Ashikaga This hiking course is about 3 miles long. You can look over beautiful Watarase river and Kanto plain far beyond. The course is about 900 feet above sea level but it does not mean easy to go because ups and downs are tough. Ropes for climbing is stretched on a steep slope. There is a cave in the course. The course is so exciting that tickle children's adventure. On...