Tochigi Prefecture

Ashikaga Sunfield

Ashikaga Sunfield Ashikaga Sunfield is on the way to the Ashikaga Prefectural Nature Preserve hiking course. In this area of 14.3A, there are athletic stations and a rest house. There are 37 athletic stations which are related to proverbs and maxims that visitors can experience. It also has BBQ equipment. After enjoying the athletics activities, visitors can take a shower (for free)...

Ashikaga Textile Tradition House

Ashikaga Textile Tradition House Ashikaga is famous for its traditional textiles and ancient textile dyings. Ashikaga was written about in "Tsurezuregusa" an old back written in 1311 by Kenko Yoshida. In 1968 the Ashikaga Textile Tradition House was opened and has designated to hall to outline Ashikaga's Here,visitors can textiles, take history of dying. To show the practice of dying, lessons on...

Soun Museum of Art in Ashikaga

Soun Museum of Art in Ashikaga Soun Museum is located in Ashikaga city. Soun Tazaki worked as a loyal artist in the last years of the Edo Shogunate. Soun Museum exhibits his posthumously collected works and articles. It is located in the southern part of Ashikaga park , that is famous for its cherry blossoms and maples. There is also Hakuseki Sanbo , Soun's doubles as atelier and his home. Soun...

Pilgrimage to the Seven Gods of Fortune in Ashikaga

It has been said that “Shichifukujin Meguri” ,apilgrimage to the 7 Gods of fortune, began in Kyoto in the Muromachi era ( 1392 - 1573 ).In Ashikaga the pilgrimage began as a wish for Ashikaga' s prosperity, and the fortune and good health of each family in 1942. Although it halt during World WarⅡ, it revived in the New Year in 1987, stimulated by the “Shichifukujin”...

Ashikaga Upside Down River Walking Course

Ashikaga Upside Down River is formally called “Yanagihara irrigation Canal”, which was made for farmers in the beginning of the Edo era (the 17th c. ). Usually the rivers in this area flow from the north to the south ,but the canal still now flows in the counter direction for agricultural use. Ashikaga Upside Down River walking trail is approx. 12.3 km length. Yakumo...

Visiting Shrines and Temples of the Ashikaga Clan

Visiting Shrines and Temples of the Ashikaga Clan Ashikaga is the home of the Ashikaga clan that became the mainstream of Seiwagensei family. Ashikaga has many shrines and temples with the Ashikaga clan connections. We recommend this course including other traditional sites in the Kamakura era and the Muromachi era ( the 14th c. - the 17th c.). Bannaji Temple Bannaji, a Temple known for its association with the...

COCO Farm & Winery's Harvest Festival (Kokoromi Gakuen) in Ashikaga

COCO Farm & Winery's Harvest Festival (Kokoromi Gakuen) in Ashikaga Kokoromi Gakuen is a rehabilitation center for handicapped people which was founded in 1969. In 1958, the people living there started cultivating vines. They worked very hard to clear the mountain step by step without machines and cultivated about 600 young vine plants. After many years, the plants grew and now every autumn, vine trees give off the scent of wine....

“Yagibushi”Song in Ashikaga

“Yagibushi”Song in Ashikaga “Yagibushi” is a traditional local song which came from Ashikaga. Its predecessor had been“Kudokibushi”,a slow song ,sung by young girl at Yagijuku(a posting station)along Reiheijikaido Road from the end of the Edo era to the beginning of the Meiji era the latter half of the 19th c. After that the first singer, Genta Horigome ( his real name : Gentaro Watanabe)...

Fireworks Display on the Watarase River in Ashikaga

Ashikaga fireworks "Toro-Nagashi"(the Fireworks Display on the River) is also called "Shoryo-Nagashi" and it is quietly held on Aug. 17, the last day of the Bon Festival. It takes places on the left bank of the Watarase river. The Ashikaga fireworks display is held every year on first Saturday in August. It has been started in 1903 and is the most traditional fireworks display in North...

Jikenchi Market in Ashikaga

Jikenchi Market in Ashikaga "Jikenchi Market" is held in "Oku-no-in Road" (the starting point is by the north gate of Bannaji Temple) every second Sunday(except in Jan. and Feb.). The Jikenchi Market is a local event that everyone can join. It's an open-air market of antiques, farm products and secondhand household items. The origin of the market goes back to the Edo period. In those days, it...

Cocoon Festival (Tokusho-ji Temple) in Ashikaga

Cocoon Festival(Shotokuji Temple) in Ashikaga Held on Jan.13 every year, this festival is said to have started in 1739, when the Kokuzo Temple was repaired. At first, this festival was for sericulturists who wished for safe growth of cocoons and silkworms. When textile manufacturing increased, it became a festival for textile manufacturers wishing for the prosperity of textiles and family businesses. Cocoon...

Akutai Matsuri in Ashikaga

Akutai Matsuri in Ashikaga In the Saishouji Temple, Oiwa Bishamonten which is one of the three famous Japanese bishamontens, from New years's Eve, on Dec 31th to Jan 1st, "Akutai Matsuri" is held. This is a peculiar event during which people come and go from the temple and verbally abuse each other in loud voices, by saying "Bakayaro(You fool)". But it is understood that words which have the "...

Ebisuko Festival (Nishinomiya Shrine) in Ashikaga

Ebisuko Festival (Nishinomiya Shrine) in Ashikaga Held on Nov. 19th and 20th every year. The shrine becomes crowed with people who come to pray for better fortune and good business. Well-known markets, "Otakara-ichi" line up at both entrances to the Shrine, and vendors try to attract customers by using lively voices. In the Shrine's area, Kagura (sacred Shinto music and dance) is performed. Ebisu(the God of wealth)...

Setsubun Armor Festival in Ashikaga

Setsubun Armor Festival in Ashikaga Historical facts explain that in the middle of the Kamakura era, the pre-fifth shogunate Yasuuji Ashikaga, (the first shogunate was Takauji Ashikaga) let 500 Bando warriors gather together in front of the south gate of Bannaji Temple. During the evening, warriors with their armor, walked along the main road to the sound of a conch horn and battle drum. Once they...

Hatsuyama Festival in Ashikaga

Hatsuyama Festival in Ashikaga The Hatsuyama Festival is held at Otoko(man) Sengen and Onna(woman) Sengen every year on June 1st. It is a festival to bring luck and good health to newly born children. Children born during the year are taken here and receive a stamp on their foreheads. The children are thus blessed with good health and luck. This event has taken place for over 300 years. If a child...