Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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    4.5
    3328 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301
    A shrine located in Sannai, Nikko City. It was founded in 1617 as a shrine dedicated to the Tosho Daigongen (Tokugawa Ieyasu). There are many buildings including eight National Treasures and 34 Important Cultural Properties in the shrine grounds as well as the beautifully adorned and richly colored carvings of the Three Wise Monkeys—Mizaru, Iwazaru and Kikazaru (see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil)—and the Nemuri-neko (sleepy cat) attributed to Hidari Jingoro. Nikko Toshogu is also registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.

    An excellent place if you time your visit outside peak hours. The Covid precautions were very good. The roaring dragon is a must see.

  • EDO WONDERLAND Nikko Edomura
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    4.0
    669 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Karakura 470-2
    This Edo-period theme park is located in Karakura, Nikko City. You’ll find authentic-feeling replicas of everything from merchant district to warrior homes, ninja villages, and many other areas inspired by Edo-period townscapes. There’s a facility where visitors can dress up as Edo-period townspeople and warriors, as well as a playhouse, restaurant, and Edo artisanal experiences, allowing them to truly feel like they’re in the Edo period. Many seasonal events are held as well.

    A wonderful experience to discover the Edo period from the houses, businesses to lifestyle of courtisans, Samarai, Ninja and artisans, very similar concept to our Sovereign Hill in Ballarat...

  • Sano Premium Outlets
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    4.0
    403 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Koenachou 2058
    This outlet mall in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture is a popular destination with foreign tourists and visitors from the Tohoku region. It features about 170 stores selling a range of products like fashion and household goods, interior decor, sports merchandise, kids items, and more. There are restaurants and cafés as well. Its fashionable shopping streets, reminiscent of America’s east coast, make it a popular dating spot.

    It’s a great place to visit for some “western” style shopping and an excellent little stop in sleepy Sano. Take in the culture of the “town” and get some quality shopping in as well, away from the...

  • Tobu World Square
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    4.0
    577 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsenohara 209-1
    You’ll find this theme park in Kinugawaonsen-ohara, Nikko City along National Route 121. There’s an exhibit featuring miniature versions of 102 famous structures throughout the world, including 46 World Heritage Sites, built at 1/25 the size. In addition to photo opportunities, you’ll find full-scale Statue of Liberty footprints and other features that allow you to compare the size of the miniature replicas.

    2,800 yen for adults. Quite a big park to walk about and admire the mini sized architectures. There’s is winter illumination after sunset during autumn and winter. If you look close enough you will...

  • Ohya History Museum
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    4.5
    589 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Oyamachi 909
    This museum is at the site of a former quarry in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Apart from introducing guests to the history of Oya stone mining and its techniques, it displays tools used for hand excavation between Japan’s feudal era and the 1950s in its exhibition hall. At a depth of 30 meters, the quarry spans a vast 20 thousand square meters, producing a mysterious world like an underground temple or the inside of a pyramid. It is also used as a location for shooting films and television dramas, as well as a concert venue.

    We decided to go here because it was very different from the normal touristy attractions. But let me tell you it didn’t disappoint the way it is set up is amazing. Lights set in such a way to enhance...

  • Futarasan Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    575 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2307
    This shrine is dedicated to the deities of Nikko’s three most sacred mountains and highest peaks of the Nikko mountain range. Besides the main shrine is Chugushi at the shore of Lake Chuzenji, a rear shrine that stands at the summit of Mt. Nantai, and associated shrines Hongu Jinja and Takio Jinja Shrine. The establishment of Futarasan Jinja Shrine is said to have begun in 762 when Shodo Shonin built a small shrine as a Hongu Jinja shrine. Now the shrine is popular for its associations with good luck and the god of marriage. 11 buildings of the shaden (main shrine area) including the honden (main shrine) with its “yatsumune” style of construction and haiden (hall of worship) with its gabled, hipped roof have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. The lantern called “Bake-doro” in the shrine gardens is one highlight worth seeing.

    We didn’t really spend any time here as our main aim was the Toshogo shrine but passed it on the way through. If we had had more time there to see in this area and is all part of one admission fee.

  • Minamigaoka Dairy
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    4.0
    509 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 579
    The Minamigaoka farm, primarily a dairy farm, is part of Nasu Town, Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Spread across the luscious green slopes of the Nasu Mountains, it has many attractions including horseback riding, a fishing pond, miniature golf, and a petting zoo with goats and rabbits. The Minamigaoka Farm is famous for its milk and ice cream of the Guernsey cow, awarded the first-place Gold Prize in All Japan Locality Milk Granprix 2017. Entrance is free.

    Between the Jinghis Khan, the piroshiki and the ice cream, this is a place with some great food options.

  • Nasu Garden Outlet
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    3.5
    270 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Shionosaki 184-7
    An outlet mall located about two minutes by car from the Kuroiso-Itamuro Interchange in Shionosaki, Nasushiobara City. There are 148 outlets, including various well known brand stores, restaurants, cafes and convenience stores situated around four main areas. They also have a dog run on site and many shops allow pets inside.

    After lunch we went to Nasu Garden Outlet. With more than 100 different brands offering different products, there are a number of restaurants as well as a supermarket selling local produce. We spent...

  • Roadside Station Nasu Kogen Yuai no Mori
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    3.5
    276 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 593-8
    This roadside station is located at an altitude of 470 meters on the side of Prefectural Route 17, which runs through Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. It features a wide variety of facilities including the Fureai no Sato Farmer's Market, where visitors can purchase fresh seasonal produce, as well as Nasutoran, which offers Nasu Wagyu beef dishes and other dishes. Other facilities include the Kogeikan craft center, the Kanko Koryu Centre tourist information center, and more, making it a place where many tourists stop by.

    This place is a combination of - transit hub for local sightseeing bus that goes to other local attraction spot like bear museum, onsens, animal farm etc - public bus stop that also goes all the way...

  • Nasu Rindoko Lake View
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    3.5
    234 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 414-2
    Nasu Rindoko Lake View is an amusement park set around Rindo-ko Lake in Takakuko, Nasu Town. There are lots of attractions to enjoy such as petting animals like Jersey cows and alpacas, the KAKKU zip-wire which goes over the lake, and a pleasure boat, as well as lots of things to try your hand at such as making butter, etc. They also have Mekke!, a buffet and steak restaurant with market selling foodstuffs from Nasu which people are welcome to visit without having to enter the amusement park proper.

    Most products are too expensive, but nice view from there. Shop is full with local area products. Nice place for families with children.

  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
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    4.5
    327 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Honchou 8-27
    This is a Tochigi prefectural urban park which was landscaped in 1899 as a place of convalescence for Emperor Taisho. One part of the former Akasaka homestead of the Edo daimyo, Kishu Tokugawa was moved to its current location at the wealthy person’s villa which formerly existed here. Even after that, additional buildings were added but the overall harmony was retained. The building has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and it is possible to tour the interior of the building. You can enjoy the various scenery from season to season starting with the 400-year-old weeping cherry tree in the garden.

    The Villa is very well maintained and surprisingly large. Not as old as some in Japan but full of traditional architecture and styling. The gardens are beautifully maintained and well worth a wander...

  • Shika no Yu
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    4.5
    254 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 181
    This hot spring facility is located in Yumoto, Nasu Town. It is said to have opened approximately 1,300 years ago. It is considered the oldest hot spring in Tochigi Prefecture, and many of the surrounding hot-spring hotels use it as their spring water source. The baths are divided into six temperature levels ranging from 41–48 degrees Celsius (there is no 48-degree women’s bath). It is said that by following the bathing protocol, such as pouring water over yourself before entering the bath, you can increase the hot spring’s effects.

    Id been wanting to go here for a while as a day trip but heard it was too difficult. Its not. Just take the Shinkasen or the Shinjuku Liner and your up there in no time. So I decided to spend the...

  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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    4.0
    273 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Baba Dori 1-1-1
    This shrine to the 2,486-meter-high sacred mountain Mt. Futaara is also the tutelary shrine of Nikko. The temple's massive precinct covers some 3,400 hectares that includes the Nikko Mountains, which are part of Nikko National Park, as well as the Kegon Falls, the descending Irohazaka route, and Shinkyo Bridge, an important cultural asset.

    This ancient shrine is in middle of city, and is pretty peaceful as well. Need to climb a few stairs to reach the top, isnt much of a problem for anyone with average health. The compound is also...

  • The site of Ashikaga School
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    4.0
    205 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Shouheichou 2338
    These are the ruins of Ashikaga School—said to be the oldest school in Japan—which was abandoned in 1872. The original building has been reconstructed and designated as a Japan Heritage. It is open to the public, so you can see where students studied back during the earliest days of education in Japan.

    Being the oldest university of Japan this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.

  • Ashikaga Flower Park
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Hasamachou 607
    A full spectrum of flowers bloom in this flower park, located in Tochigi Prefecture. One particularly famous specimen is the wisteria said to be over 140 years old, and designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument. Many visitors come from all over the country during peak season when Japan’s largest wisteria and white Japanese wisteria bloom and form a tunnel. In winter, you’ll find one of the largest illumination displays in Kanto, with four million light bulbs.

    足利フラワーパークの藤の花を観賞しました。 藤の花の香りがとても良く、癒されます^_^ 藤の花が見頃ですので、結構混んでいて、フードコートやテラス席は満席。 少し高いですが藤の花の英名ウェステリアという名前のレストランで夕食を食べました。 メニューはファミレスっぽい家族向けです。 私は下野牛のハンバーグを注文しました。 お肉の旨味もあり、柔らかくて期待通りの美味しさでした。 お値段が高い...

  • Kinugawakanaya Hotel
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    4.5
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kinugawaonsenohara 1394

    Given The Kinugawa Kanaya is a classic luxury hotel that more than holds its own against newer competition. Three areas allow it to stand out:the food, the view and the service. We were pleasantly...

  • Ashio Copper Mine
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Ashiomachitsudou 9-2
    The Ashio Copper Mine in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture was once the mining capital of Japan. It supplied the nation’s copper industry for about 400 years until closure. A portion of the mine is open to visitors, and a trolley train lets you tour the inside and learn about the mining industry through the ages, the history of the mines, and the mining process.

    The Ashio Copper Mine operated for more than 300 years before it was closed in 1973 and produced more copper than any other mine in Japan. Visitors ride a little train into the mine and then walk...

  • Soshuji Temple (Sanoyakuyoke-daishi)
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    3.5
    139 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Kanaikamichou 2233
    Sanoyakuyoke-daishi is the popular name of this Tendai Buddhist temple in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. The name was made famous via TV commercials. A protective statue of the priest Ryogen is installed, so the temple has become associated with warding off misfortune. It’s one of the three main Tendai temples of the Kanto region for improving your luck, so every New Year’s Day people pour in for Hatsumode, the first prayers of the New Year.

    I live only minutes from this temple, and get to walk by it every day. Its a beautiful structure, bright red with gold peaks that glow in the afternoon sun. The grounds are small but peaceful and...

  • Hunter Mountain Shiobara
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Yumotoshiobara Front black
    A ski resort in Maekuro Yumoto-Shiobara Nasu-Shiobara City. The ski resort offers a three kilometer downhill trail a Snow Park equipped with a half pipe and kicker The Kids Park with plenty to do such as the sledding slope and the Family Park where families can have fun together. As well as ski and snowboard lessons the resort provides plenty of facilities including six restaurants and shops.

    Hands down, Hunter Mountain Shiobara is the best mountain for skiing and snowboarding in the Kanto region. Its close proximity to Tokyo makes it a great option for anyone who is looking for a quick...

  • Cheese Garden (Nasu Main Store)
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Kou Kashiwagihara 2888
    This cheese and cheese-based product shop is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. It offers a wide variety of products with a focus on cheese and wine from Japan and around the world, as well as western sweets. It also sells products such as their Goyotei and Shirasagi cheesecakes, as well as freshly-baked financier (the latter of which is only available on an irregular basis). The shop also features a cafe and is visited by many tourists.

    Lots of choices for all kinds of cheesy souvenirs, with plenty of free nibblies to sample. Their Gohokan cheesecake is YUMMY and so creamy, worth paying ¥1800 for (after sampling it several...

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Most visits to Tochigi revolve around Nikko, a small city home to the spectacular, lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park with its mountains, lakes, waterfalls, onsen, and wild monkeys. Neighboring Oku-Nikko is an extension of the fantastic scenery famous for its autumn leaves, while Tochigi's capital, Utsunomiya, is the only place in the world where you can find oya stone beautifully exhibited in temples and the Oya History Museum.

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