Travel / Tourism Spots in Tochigi Area

  • Ohya History Museum
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    4.5
    571 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...

  • Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park
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    4.5
    313 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...

  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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    266 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...

  • Roadside Station Nasu Kogen Yuai no Mori
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    274 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 Toshogu Shrine
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    4.5
    14 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.

    There are too many valuable things in Nikko, but what you cannot miss is Toshogu, and its highlights are Yomeimon Gate and Okumiya. This is the bottom part of the shrine, and once only Shogun was...

  • Nasu Stained Glass Museum
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    132 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 1790
    This is the largest stained glass museum in Japan, and it is located along Prefectural Route 21 in Takakuhei, Nasu Town. The interior is decorated in the style of the manor houses in Cotswolds, England, and it contains several works of antique stained glass from the 1800s. The chapel hosts daily pipe organ and music box performances, and it is possible to book it for wedding ceremonies.

    We mainly visited the place for kids to experience stained glass classes and also looked at the beautiful building. Kids were not that interested so we felt the pricy entrance fees not worthed it. As...

  • Takino Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    112 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Sannai 2310-1
    Associated with Futarasan Jinja Shrine, this shrine is located approximately one kilometer from the main shrine. Tagorihime-no-Mikoto, the princess of Onamuchi-no-Mikoto, is enshrined here. The shrine is encompassed by a fence and is built in a quiet space amidst the trees where Tagorihime is said to have descended to earth. Sights to see include the Kodane-ishi, where visitors offer prayers for conception and easy childbirth, the Enmusubi-no-Sasa, and the Undameshi-no-torii, a stone torii gate where it is customary to try your luck tossing stones through the small hole near the top. Shiraito Falls located nearby is also a must-see.

    We did the temples, shrines and the Imperial Villa, but this was the best thing we did in Nikko. The trail starts near the Shinkyo Sacred Bridge and proceeds up the mountain past the Toshogu Shrine...

  • Honda Collection Hall
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    4.5
    67 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...

  • Ashio Copper Mine
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    121 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...

  • Ashikaga Orihime Shrine
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    119 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.

  • Nasu Ropeway
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    94 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto Nasidake 215
    Nasu Ropeway connects the Sanroku Station located at Nasu Highland on Mt. Nasu in Yumoto, Nasu Town, with Sancho Station at the ninth hill station of Mt. Chausu. Cable cars depart every 20 minutes from the middle of March to the middle of November. Passengers can enjoy the natural scenery surrounding Mt. Chausu in the different seasons such as the snow topped mountains, azalea blooming in the spring, alpine plants and autumn leaves.

    那須岳の山頂9合目まで連れて行ってくれるロープウェイ。運行時間およそ4分ほどなので、それほどロープウェイに連れていってもらった感は感じられず。そのわりにチケット代がそれなりなので、まあ、こんなものなのかなー。

  • Nasu Onsen Shrine
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    117 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.

  • Nikkosan  Chuzen-ji Temple
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    4.0
    87 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...

  • Matsugamine Catholic Church
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    100 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Matsugamine 1-1-5
    This church is located in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Built from Oya-ishi stone, the church is known as being one of the largest Romanesque buildings still in existence. It has also been chosen as a national Registered Tangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government. Visitors can tour the church and its grounds. The church is not just visited by many tourists; it is also used as a venue for weddings and other events by locals.

    This church is built with stones from the Oya Quarry. Othere than its stones relevance, the church is just like any other modern churches. The church is within a short walking distance from Tobu...

  • Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
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    3.5
    112 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Yoshimizuchou 366-2
    This roadside station’s name derives from its location at the center of the Japanese archipelago. It hosts a farm stand selling a variety of products, fresh local vegetables, and brand rice. It’s also well equipped with facilities like a food court for casual dining, as well as a foot bath and a restaurant. Popular items include fried potatoes and Sano ramen noodles, a delicious local specialty. Visitors pour in throughout the year for its various events, including a summertime haunted house and an illuminated garden in winter.

    こんな時期ですが実家のお墓参りに行く途中お花を買いに寄りました。思った以上に混んでました。農家直売の野菜や佐野名物芋フライ、地元メーカーのソースと色々購入して帰りました。

  • Kuranomachi Old Township
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
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    In Ogi, Tochigi Pref., Around the Tonami River, around the Kaaidemucho area, etc.
    This historic district is located along the Uzuma River in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture. It features preserved townscape lined with warehouses and other old buildings from when it was a bustling wholesale district from the late Edo period to the early Showa period. Today it is a popular tourist destination that allows visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Edo period. It is also used as a filming location for TV and film productions. There is even a pleasure boat that operates on the Uzuma River.

    The old town does not carry the atmosphere at all as there are many other nicer old towns in japan. There are only a mere few old houses ie along the main road there are 5 and along the canal just a...

  • Roadside Station Yunoka Shiobara
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    106 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.

    ・農産物直売所、喫茶・お土産コーナー、レストラン、加工研究所、ふれあい広場と大きく5つの施設を持つ道の駅「湯の香しおばら...

  • Mooka Railway
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    55 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Mokashi Daimachi 2474-1
    This tourist railway operates in Moka City, Tochigi Prefecture. Running mainly on weekends and holidays there are two steam locomotives that run year-round. Due to the cotton production that follows the rail-line it has been given the nickname Cotton-Way. The steam locomotives run from Tochigi's easternmost station, Motegi Station in Motegi Town, Haga County down to Shimodate Station in Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

    It feels so good enjoying the view of railway and it was interesting that the train has strawberrys advertisement, you can also appreciate a really nice railway view from Japan

  • Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest
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    75 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 3254
    A forest park which serves as a habitat for many plants and animals, including rare species. Nature walks and activity programs are conducted in the Forest Recreation Zone. Access to portions of the Forest Learning Zone is restricted in order to preserve natural environments, and only guided walks are allowed in these areas.

    You will pass through the National Park office which give you directions and a good resting place while waiting for the bus to return hotel. Great walk to the waterfall and a remote onsen which you...

  • Roadside Station Meiji no Mori Kuroiso
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    79 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasushiobarashi Aoki 27
    This roadside station is located on the side of the Kuroiso-Tajima Route (Prefectural Route 369), which runs through Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture. It features farmer's market that offers fresh produce, local eggs, and dairy products, restaurant, a bakery, and more. It is located adjacent to the Former Aoki Family Nasu Villa. This villa that belonged to Aoki Shuzo is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property.

    那須に来ると必ず立ち寄ります。特に高原野菜と乳製品、そして高品質でリーズナブルなドライフラワーやリースがお目当てです。種類豊富で美味しい人気のパン屋さんも魅力的ですよ。

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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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