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Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Each winter, the small onsen town of Yunishigawa, in Tochigi's Nikko area, transforms into a winter wonderland with hundreds of 'kamakura', or snow huts, on display. These range from the larger snow houses, which can be entered, to miniat..

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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 near ..

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..

Moka

Moka

The three M's of southwestern Tochigi Prefecture are Moka, Mashiko and Motegi. Today I'd like to talk about Moka (pronounced Moh-oh-ka). There ought to be a dance called the loka moka and a drink the moka moka. I'll work on that if the Mooka tourism board ever hires me. For now, l..

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Uo-Ei Restaurant in Ooya

Uo-Ei Restaurant in Ooya

On a day-trip from Utsunomiya to the charming small town of Ooya, best known for its limestone and its large statue of the Buddhist Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), I wanted to find somewhere for lunch before embarking on the climb to the mountain temple o..

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..

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Nikko Town and Nikko Tokanso Ryokan

Nikko Town and Nikko Tokanso Ryokan

Nikko is a town at the entrance of Nikko National Park, famous for Japan's most lavishly decorated temples and shrines, and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist&nb..

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..

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Kinugawa Tobu World Square

Kinugawa Tobu World Square

The second day of our Nikko trip we headed to Kinugawa. I had watched an NHK program on Tobu World Square and wanted to see it for myself. Tobu Park consists of 102 architectural structures from 21 countries on a 1/25 scale. The exhibit includes 46 ..

Nikko: Third Time is the Charm

Nikko: Third Time is the Charm

In the Nikko area you never run out of things to do. Our third trip in two years and we still managed a new and exciting adventure. Nikko was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and somehow we missed exploring the shrines and temples on previous ..

Snowmobiling at Ozasa Farm

Snowmobiling at Ozasa Farm

Break formation from the well-trodden tourist trail to Nikko's Toshogu shrine and discover a new adventure a little to the east up in the Nikko Kirifuri Highlands. Ozasa Farm offers a great getaway for families with a wide range of activities an..

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About tochigi

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo 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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