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Tochigi

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Nikko

Nikko

Welcome to Nikko! Nikko, located in the northwest corner of Tochigi Prefecture, is known for its picturesque beauty, and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Nikko boasts of three main areas of interest: The World Heritage Tosho-gu Shrine along with other temples and shrines nea..

Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya, city of festivals, gyoza, cocktails, ohya stone, blossoms and romance is best experienced on foot or by bicycle. So, where to go, what to see? Let’s start with Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park near City Hall. The park opened in 2007, after the walls, turrets and moat were rebuilt, and..

Ōya

Ōya

Ōya is one of the most scenic villages I have visited during a decade of living in Japan. The town is surrounded by man-made cliffs created from an old limestone industry. When the weather is fine, Ōya is a wonderful place to cycle around albeit the streets are more like narrow country lanes. Visit..

Dining

Krung Thep Restaurant in Utsunomiya

Krung Thep Restaurant in Utsunomiya

For a quick break between Christmas and New Year one time, I decided to visit Utsunomiya, and after an early start and a long train ride I arrived around lunchtime, very ready for lunch. The staff at Hotel MyStays let me leave my bags, and gave me an..

Cat Cafe Nekomiya, Utsunomiya

Cat Cafe Nekomiya, Utsunomiya

For those living downtown or here on a short-term stay, getting a cat fix has never been easier thanks to cat cafes. Utsunomiya City has two that I know of. The cafes meet a demand for cat-time, and down time. Cats create a laid-back atmosphere, loun..

Uobei Sushi in Utsunomiya

Uobei Sushi in Utsunomiya

Sushi can be affordable, fast and fun. Picture this: a hungry family out late, near the Utsunomiya Interchange and the cedar lined Nikko Kaido (road) and there, at an intersection, the bright lights and large parking lot of the big box sushi restaura..

Places to stay

Nasu Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Nasu Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Summer in Japan’s lowlands, even in Hokkaido, can get unbelievably hot and humid. Hot by itself is bearable, but hot and sticky is just depressing. So you either need to be near a beach, which is what most Japanese do, or take yourself to the h..

Kinugawa Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Kinugawa Onsen Sanraku Hotel

Kinugawa is an onsen town about 17km to the north of Nikko. It’s an easy drive, or cycle, in my case, and unlike hyperactive Nikko it is best used as a place for relaxing and dining. The hot springs were first discovered in the 1600s by local v..

Fukufuji Minshuku

Fukufuji Minshuku

While technically within the bounds of the Nikko city area, this location is well removed from the tourists crowded around the Toshogu Shrine, or flocking to see the Kegon Falls on Chuzenji Lake. Tucked away in Nikko’s Kuriyama region, is a sma..

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Zengan-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

Zengan-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

Close to the Tagawa River about ten minutes' walk from JR Utsunomiya station, Zengan-ji is a peaceful Buddhist temple, little-visited compared with the city's main attraction of Futaarayama Shrine. It's a little out of the way, but you c..

Seigan-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

Seigan-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

On a side street about ten minutes' walk from JR Utsunomiya station, Seigan-ji is a small, historical Buddhist temple, with a handful of interesting features. For me, the most interesting of them was the large seated Buddhist statue close to the..

Houzou-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

Houzou-ji Temple in Utsunomiya

Close to the bridge to the west of Utsunomiya station, Houzou-ji is known locally for being home to the Oyori-no-kane, the 'evening bell', so called because it was rung every evening during the Edo era (17th to 19th centuries). It dates back ..

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About tochigi

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="Kyoto" Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalUtsunomiya
Population2,007,683
Area6408.09 sq. km

Although not too far from Tokyo, it would be a waste to limit Tochigi to just a day trip; spending a night or two is necessary in order to fully appreciate what the prefecture has to offer.

Tochigi’s most significant feature is the Nikko Toshogu, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu; it is surrounded by other noteworthy shrines and temples, and the whole district has been designated a World Heritage Site. Also located in the Nikko area are Kegon Falls, Kinugawa Onsen, and Edo Wonderland, a theme park where visitors can experience what life was like during the Edo Period.

The Nasu area is also known for its hot springs, and is a great resort spot during the summer and winter. Sano is famous for its ramen and the capital Utsunomiya for its gyoza dumplings, while nature lovers will want to visit Lake Chuzenji.

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