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  • Ashio Copper Mine
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
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    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...

  • SL Land Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 24-2
    This steam locomotive-themed theme park is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. This mini theme park is where you can enjoy a mystery experience zone, retro doll house, and the Nasu Dome Theater with a virtual experience. In addition, it has an adjoining restaurant where you can enjoy steamed beef loin.

    鉄道以外にもトリックアートや恐竜ドームという大画面シアターが見られる施設がありました。 恐竜ドームの映像はなかなかの迫力で子どもがちょっとびびってしまいました。 なぜかリカちゃん人形の展示や真実の口などもありました。 鉄道のミニチュアゲージはなかなか見ごたえありました。

  • Nasu Classic Car Museum
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Kou 5705
    This car museum has a wide variety of classic car makes from around the world on display, including Alfa Romeo and Mercedes. There's a section of the museum with cars that you can touch or get into as well. With valuable cars on display that can't be seen anywhere else the museum draws car fans from far and wide.

    Visited the museum for about an hour. A nice collection of mainly UK and US cars with a few European favourites added in (Ferrari and Alfa Romeo). Great fun to walk around and then to play some old...

  • Nikko Natural Science Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2480-1
    This museum located next to Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji features exhibits on subjects such as the natural origins and history of the Okunikko area. The exhibit area is divided into the natural exhibits hall which deals with the area's geography, zoology, etc. and the human exhibit hall which deals with the area's history. The museum also offers serves as an information center for the region that offers information on the area's nature, hiking courses, and other subjects. It also holds nature experiences and other events.

    Tochigi Prefectural Nikko Natural Science Museum is located between Kegon Falls and Chuzenji Lake. Payment of 300 yen is required for entry. Many children are interested to see the exhibits inside.

  • Konoha Fossils Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Nakashiobara 472
    This outdoor science museum is located in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture. First opened in 1905, the museum preserves and displays the fossils that have been excavated on its grounds. The exhibit room displays a wide variety of fossils and minerals collected from around the world, mostly notably the many fossils produced locally in the Shiobara area. One of the museum's attractions is a corner where visitors can enjoy breaking open fossil rocks in order to look for leaf fossils.

    塩原湖からは沢山の植物、昆虫、魚、カエルなどの化石が産出されています。その数々の化石がきれいに展示されているので興味を持つ子どもたちには最高の場所でしょう。実際に原石を割って化石探しの体験をすることが出来ます。ショップコーナーでは化石や鉱物が販売されています。あまり時間がなかったのでゆっくりできなかったのが残念でした。

  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Mutsumichou 2-2
    This museum in Utsunomiya City is located in Tochigi Central Park and collects, preserves, and researches materials relating to Tochigi's nature and culture. Their permanent exhibits look at Tochigi's history from the geological age to present times as well as introduce you to the Nikko region's insects, flora, and fauna. There are also special exhibitions on a variety of subjects.

    This museum is the place to go if you want to learn more about all aspects of Tochigi prefecture - nature, history and so on. The sad point? There is nothing available in English.

  • Rinnoji Homotsuden
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2300 within Ring Oji temple
    Nikkosan Rinnoji’s Homotsuden is next to the Sanbutsudo. This building houses approximately 30,000 temple treasures that represent Nikkozan’s more than 1,200-year history and the building contains many National Treasures, important cultural properties, and important works of art. In addition to the approximately 50 pieces that are always on display, visitors can also see paintings related to the Tokugawa family thanks to the cooperation of the Tokugawa Memorial Foundation. Visitors can also enter the Shoyoen Japanese garden located directly nearby.

    If you have had enough of temples visit this small beautiful garden, which is part of the Rinnonji Treasure Museum. It is not crowded at all.

  • Honda Collection Hall
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    4.5
    66 Reviews
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    Tochigi ken Haga-gun Mogi-cho Hayama 120-1
    "The Honda Collection Hall is a museum of Honda products located within the Twin Ring Motegi racetrack, around 30 minutes' drive from the Mito-Kita Smart Interchange on the Joban Expressway. The main focus is on Honda's motorcycles and cars; the second floor exhibits present the history of Honda's commercial products, while the third floor charts the development of Honda's involvement in motor sport. The first floor has the ""ASIMO Super Live"" zone, where visitors can see a functioning ASIMO robot. Special exhibitions are held throughout the year, and the ""Pit Workshop,"" housed in a separate building, has a range of experience-type activities that visitors can enjoy, including vehicle assembly and part-changing activities."

    Ok, well to want to see this, you have to have an interest in Honda cars. It is an all day trip from Tokyo by public transport but you can get almost all the way there on a JR pass. Take train out...

  • Tsukada Memorial Hall
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Yamatochou 2-16
    This exhibition facility located in Yamato-cho, Tochigi City makes use of the Tsukada family's storehouse. They were prominent lumber dealers during the Edo period (1603-1868), and this hall displays some of their important items. There is also an exhibit featuring a robotic dolls performing the tragic story about Uzuma River, and a robotic grandmother that tells stories while plays the shamisen (a three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument). The facility has a restaurant, too.

    巴波川沿いにある風情ある蔵の景観を見せてくれる江戸時代の材木問屋の家屋を歴史伝説館として公開しています。館内はロボットおばあちゃんの三味線演奏が印象に残っていますが、その他は特にありません。川沿いの風景を見る方がいいかも!

  • Kurobane Basho no Yakata
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Tochigi Otawara-shi Maeta 980-1
    This museum features permanent exhibits on the subject of the poet Matsuo Basho and the Ozeki clan, who were the lords of the Kurobane Domain. It also holds special exhibits intended to increase interest in the region’s cultural heritage. Built with ample amounts of Yamizo cedar, the museum has a dignified appearance. There is also a bronze statue of Basho astride his horse alongside his traveling companion Kawai Sora in the courtyard.

    Nice place, very nice garden, but absolutely nothing in English Could have been more attractive for tourist, if there was something in English. If you do not read Japanese very good, this place is a...

  • Yamaage Kaikan
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Tochigi Nasukarasuyama Kanai 2-5-26
    This museum features permanent exhibits about the Yamaage Matsuri of Karasuyama, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and a National Important Intangible Cultural Heritage. In the exhibit hall, visitors can see the actual oyatai (building-shaped stage decoration) used in the festival’s kabuki performances. The museum’s popular miniature theater recreates an actualstage and the townscape in which it took place in 1/5 scale.

    山あげ祭を、映像だけでなく、大きな模型を精巧に作られた、おじさんが案内してくれます。実物を見に来たくなります。

  • British Embassy Villa Memorial Park
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2482
    A history museum standing on the shore of Lake Chuzenji. The building was constructed in 1896 as a personal villa for Ernest Mason Satow, a British diplomat who significantly influenced the Meiji restoration, and was later used as a villa for the British Embassy. The museum contains displays presenting the life of Satow, while the café on the second floor serves tea and scones prepared under the direction of the chef of the British Embassy in Japan. Here visitors can enjoy an elegant moment of relaxation while gazing at the scenery of the Okunikko area which famed 19th century English traveler Isabella Bird loved so much.

    Fully agree with Ries Dec.2017 review. I day-tripped from Nikko on a heaving bus but almost all opted for other sights. I used the boat - with English commentary - to reach the villa, then walked...

  • Nasu Teddy Bear Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 1185-4
    This teddy bear museum is located in Takakuhei, Nasu Town. You’ll find a collection that includes “artist bears” based on artists from around the world, as well as antique bears and Teddy Edward, the teddy bear that has traveled the most around the world. There are also planned exhibitions. In addition, there’s a museum shop with a variety of teddy bear goods, as well as a tea room with teddy bear-themed menu items.

    Great for family with small children, touch of Americana, Ghibli studio, cute gift shop. Relax in the teddy bear cafe,

  • Shiobara Imagination Archives
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Shiobara 747
    This composite facility can be found along the Shiobara Valley Line in Shiobara, Nasushiobara City. You’ll find exhibits on Shiobara’s history and literature as well as a shop selling souvenirs and local produce, a cafe and restaurant specializing in western dishes made with local ingredients. There’s also a foot bath facility utilizing on-site hot spring water as well as a tourism information section and valley observation platform. The “Kurenai (Crimson) Suspension Bridge” that links to the cliff across the river is a famous spot for viewing the fall foliage and new blooms of spring.

    「紅の吊り橋」を眺められる一位置にあります。中に入るとおみやげが並んでいました。バスの待ち合わせ時間にぶらりと入りました。

  • Nikko Toshogu Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2301 Sunlight in Toshogu Shrine
    This museum exhibits artifacts such as the treasures of the enshrined deity Tokugawa Ieyasu, collections of precious objects and offerings from the Imperial court, Shogunate, and the Daimyo families, and festival equipment of the Imperial Palace. A detailed virtual reality video of the Yomei Gate and a program about how Tokugawa governed and ruled the nation are shown in the Toshogu Theater, and there is a café as well the displayed treasures. At this facility, visitors can deeply gain an understanding of Nikko Toshogu and Tokugawa Ieyasu. It is approximately ten minutes by car from “Nikko Interchange” on the Nikko Utsunomiya Road.

    The Toshogu is a smallish museum with a great collection of artifacts and guide to the history of the site. There are two informative films, only in Japanese, though the animated one is with watching...

  • Kinofurusato Traditional Arts Center
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Kanumashi Asauchou 1556-1
    This arts center in Kanuma City, Tochigi Prefecture features wood culture and traditions that trace back to ancient days. Inside, you’ll find a number of traditional crafts, including kanuma-kumiko shoji woodwork, kanuma-sokiridansu dressers, and the “sculpture float” —a city-designated Tangible Cultural Property used in the Kanuma Autumn Festival. You simply must see the elaborate decorations of the sculpture float. In the “kumiko-building experience,” you can put together an original coaster out of wood chips.

    鹿沼は木工で有名とのことで訪れました。すぐにおじさんが解説をしてくれましたが、これが良く分かる内容で、いろんな歴史や木工技術のことを教えていただきました。それにしても凄い技で、信じがたいほどの出来です。日本の伝統工芸には感心させられました。

  • Mibumachi Toy Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Shimotsugagunmibumachi Kuniya 2300
    The Mibu Town Toy Museum, located inside the Mibu Town Park, is a museum designed to look like a medieval castle. Displayed inside are approximately over 9,000 rare tinplate toys. There are also slides, a ball pool, and other toy structures available for fun. This is a spot where you can enjoy a day with your children playing with toys, making an original Rikachan doll and enjoying the largest diorama model train in the northern Kanto area.

    More suitable to toddles age 2-5. For grade 1 onwards children not really suitable and bored . Not much food around that area . Toys to play are limited . It’s good for raining day .

  • Tochigi Science Museum
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Nishikawatamachi 567
    This science museum is located in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. It has many fun exhibits for children to familiarize themselves with science. The exhibition hall has six areas designed with the theme, ʻScience All Around You.ʼ Many of the exhibits, including the popular science station on the second floor, are made to educate the children by seeing, touching, and experiencing the science. A family can leisurely enjoy the science museum, which also has a planetarium, and an area for rides.

    Great adventure for the kids, full of fascinating exhibits, hands-on activities, and excellent demonstrations. There are some explanations in English, and the exhibits are interesting even without...

  • Oyama Municipal Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Tochigi Oyama-shi Otome 1-chome 31-7

    博物館の周囲にも遺跡などがあり、こちらで地元の出土品や遺跡などを紹介してあり、地元に根ざした博物館だと思います。

  • Konishibijutukogeishafuzokurushi Museum
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kogura 2829 Mt.

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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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