Travel / Tourism Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine
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    4.5
    3328 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ohya History Museum
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    4.5
    589 Reviews
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    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
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    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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    509 Reviews
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    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.

  • Roadside Station Nasu Kogen Yuai no Mori
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    3.5
    276 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
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    4.5
    327 Reviews
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    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...

  • Nasu Rindoko Lake View
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    234 Reviews
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    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.

  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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    273 Reviews
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    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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    205 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ashio Copper Mine
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    126 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...

  • Soshuji Temple (Sanoyakuyoke-daishi)
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    3.5
    139 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ashikaga Orihime Shrine
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    124 Reviews
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    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Nishinomiya Cho 3889
    "This Shinto shrine is sung of in the ""Ashikaga Ondo,"" a song about the local area: ""If you come to Ashikaga / Look for Orihime's red shrine / Clatter-thump-thump / Clatter-thump / Ashikaga, town of pictures / Town of machinery."" Boasting history and traditions stretching back 1,300 years, the shrine is seen as the guardian shrine of the textile town of Ashikaga. The current main shrine building, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, was rebuilt in 1937 after its predecessor was destroyed in a fire in 1880. From the crimson-lacquered shrine, visitors can get a sweeping view of the Kanto Plain. In 2014, the shrine was designated a Lover's Sanctuary and was also selected for inclusion in the Japan Nightscape Heritage list."

    Being the most scenic temples of Japan this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.

  • Lake Chuzenji
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    Lake Chuzenji, located in the west of Nikko in Chugushi, Nikko City. The lake, with circumference of 25 kilometers, was formed with the eruption of Mt. Nantai in the north. With an elevation of 1,269 meters this is the highest lake in Japan. During the Meiji and Taisho periods many European embassies built vacation houses around the lake, and they remain to this day. The lake is a pretty scenic spot with Mt. Nantai in the background where visitors can enjoy pleasure boats and of course the beautiful autumn leaves.
  • Honda Collection Hall
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    4.5
    72 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."

    We had rented a car to get up to Nikko from Tokyo and being fans of car culture decided to stop at both Tsukuba and Motegi. I was aware of the Honda Collection Hall so I knew it would be worth going...

  • Roadside Station Yunoka Shiobara
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    3.5
    107 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Sekiya 442
    This roadside station is on the side of National Route 400 serves as the welcome sign to Shiobara Onsenkyou. At the farmer's market, visitors can purchase items such as seasonal fresh vegetables picked that morning and fresh fruits. The station's restaurant, Noson Restaurant Seki no Sato, offers a wide range of dishes with a focus on regional cuisine. The station is visited by many tourists.

    以前野菜売り場だった所にパンフレットを置き地域観光スポット案内所兼喫茶コーナーイートインなのに消費税アップ無しでした。 ゆっくりジェラードダブル五百円でした。

  • Bannaji Temple
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    146 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Ietomichou 2220
    This Buddhist temple in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, was founded by Ashikaga Yoshikane in 1196. A Shingon sect Dainichi school temple the principle object of worship is Dainichi-Nyorai. The main hall was declared an Important Cultural Property in 1950 and was declared a National Treasure in 2013. The temple is a great place to see the sakura cherry blossoms in the spring and yellow gingko leaves in the fall.

    Being an ancient samurai castle this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.

  • Nikkosan  Chuzen-ji Temple
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi 2578
    This temple belonging to the Tendai sect located near Lake Chuzenji in Nikko City is a branch temple of Nikko Rinnoji Temple. It began when Shodo Shonin, the founder of the Nikkozan religious sites witnessed Senju-kannon (the thousand arm Kannon goddess) appearing on the lake and carved an image of the Kannon in a standing tree or “tachiki,” which became the principal object of worship at the temple. It is the eighteenth temple in the Bando pilgrimage circuit (comprised of 33 Kannon temples in the Kanto region). People worship the Tachiki Kannon in the hondo (main temple building) as the shoganjoju Buddha, which is believed to grant people’s requests of various kinds, and the mido hall which enshrines Hashiridaikokuten is often visited by people praying for safe childbirth, the return of runaway family members, and to prevent their partner from having an affair.

    There is a very famous and historical big statue of Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with Thousand Arms, which is called Senju Kannon in Japan. This temple registered in UNESCO. When i went here, i was so...

  • Roadside Station Nikko Highway Niko-Niko Honjin
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    69 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Imaichi 719-1
    This roadside station is located in an urban area on the side of National Route 119. It features a wide variety of facilities including a produce market that offers Nikko produce, a restaurant that offers some of the area's specialties, and more. Another one its attractions includes the Toru Funamura Memorial Museum. The station is located near attractions such as the shrines and temples of Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen, and Kawaji Onsen, and is visited by many tourists.

    今市の街中に急に見つけた道の駅でした。 道の駅に入る渋滞が出来ていて、周辺の道も平日でしたが、混雑してました。 お昼時間だったので、ランチをとりました。 湯葉の天ぷら定食は数量限定で、12時半くらいはいりましたが、品切れでした。 天丼食べました。たまり漬け、水菓子付きで1000円くらいでしたので、女性には量もちょうど良くて、美味しくいただきました。 プラスの料金でご飯も大盛りできて、旦那さ...

  • Nasu Onsen Shrine
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    122 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 182
    "This shrine in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture enshrines Shinto deities including Onamuchi no Mikoto. It is famous for its historical ties to the samurai warrior Nasu no Yoichi and for being a so-called ""power spot (spiritual place with energy vortex)."" The shrine is also well-known for having number of items that supposedly grant prayers and wishes, such as the Yamato Sazareishi boulder, the Atago Fukushinsui spring, and the shrine's sacred tree. It is visited by many tourists sightseeing Nasu."

    Super nice drive up to the onsen resort and the shrine. Lots of local lore, and an incredibly haunting place, especially those gizo statues at the bottom of the valley. Breathtaking.

  • Roadside Station Yunishigawa
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    75 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Nishikawa 478-1
    "This roadside station located on the side of National Route 121 is connected directly to Yagan Railway Yunishigawa-onsen Station. The roadside station features a day spa offering baths fed by free-flowing hot spring, bedrock bath, free foot baths, and more. It also features a restaurant that offers ""dam curry,"" a shop, and other facilities. The station, which also serves as the terminal for amphibious bus tours, is visited by many tourists."

    川治ダムから湯西川ダムへ向かう途中にあった道の駅。 目の前には湯西川、そして会津鬼怒川線の線路・橋が見えました。 営業時間前でしたが、ここは足湯・天然温泉に入れる素敵な道の駅でした。 お食事の「もみじカレー」なる鹿肉のカレーが気になりましたね。 これらが目的なら9時以降に来ないと駄目のようです。

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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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