Tochigi Prefecture

Ashikaga Festival

Ashikaga Festival Held during Golden Week (April 29-May 5) every year, festivities include a parade, various events sponsored by stores, and the Sawayaka Kenko Marathon. During the festival, the roads may be closed for part of the day and bus routes may be changed. Ashikaga Festival Festival is held around the City 3-2757 Tori, Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi), Tochigi Prefecture 326-...

Nagusa Kyosekigun (Nagusa Rocks) of Ashikaga

Nagusa Kyosekigun (Nagusa Rocks) of Ashikaga An offering rock called " Tainaikuguri ", about 36 feet in height and 33 yards In circumference, is in front of the shrine of Nagusa Benten with the huge Stone called " Benkei no tewariishi ". This mysterious group of huge stones are to be found in front of Benzaiten's shrine. The stones are about 11 meters in height and about 30 meters in circumference. A mysterious...

Gyodosan Jyoinji Temple of Ashikaga - Hanamatsuri (the Buddha's birthday festival) and Ippaimeshi (a bowl of rice)

Gyodosan Joinji temple of Ashikaga Gyodosan Jyoinji (Joinji) Temple in the hills is called " Koyasan (origin of Japanese esoteric Buddhism) in Kanto ", and it is said that the great priest Gyoki Shonin founded it in 714. The tea house called “Seishintei” is located on the huge rock and looks like it is floating in the scenery. Hokusai, the famous Japanese print painter from the Edo period, painted...

Ashikaga Museum of Art

Ashikaga Museum of Art Ashikaga Museum of Art is located in the middle of the town. The museum regularly displays the works of artists who have lived and worked in Ashikaga or those who have depicted the area. Occasionally, the museum displays the works of famous world artists. ASHIKAGA MUSEUM OF ART 2-14-7 Tori, Ashikaga City (Ashikaga-shi), Tochigi Prefecture 326-0814, Japan Tel: 0284-43...

Ashikaga Gakko (Ashikaga School)

Ashikaga Gakko Ashikaga Gakko (Ashikaga School/University) is well known as the oldest university in Japan and was designated as a historical national asset in 1921. Subjects such as Confucianism, Chinese medicine and divination were studied at this school. Now the Ashikaga Gakko has beautiful gardens to walk through and enjoy, however, in the past this school was surrounded by a...

Ashikaga City Emblem, City Tree and City Flower

Ashikaga City Emblem, City Tree and City Flower The City Crest The emblem was chosen when Ashikaga was first established as a town on January 14, 1914. The symbol has continued to be used as the city crest since its incorporation on January 1, 1921. According to legend, Ashikaga was once ruled by Ashikagami Wakenokimi, the son of Yamato Takerunomikoto who is mentioned in the "Kojiki", the oldest chronicle of Japan...