History / Culture / Tour 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 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...

  • Soshuji Temple (Sanoyakuyoke-daishi)
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    3.5
    138 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...

  • 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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    4.0
    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nasu Onsen Shrine
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    4.0
    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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Matsugamine Catholic Church
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    4.0
    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...

  • Iwashita New Ginger Museum
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Honchou 1-25
    The New Ginger Museum, is designed around the pickled ginger, which is a household brand. Entrance is free. The museum houses a corner introducing the history of new ginger, and a Ginger Shrine said to endear married and courting couples to each other, as well as various creative recipes for using new ginger. The annexed cafe, as well as the new ginger souvenirs are also popular.

    The museum was smaller than we expected, but still packed with all the cuteness and information wed hoped for. Note that nothing is in English. Not that it should be, but it did surprise us and...

  • Torinokosansho Shrine
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    35 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Yamata 1948
    This shrine, on the peak of Mt. Torinoko, is built astride the border of Ibaraki and Tochigi Prefectures and is known as the Shinto Shrine of the Owl. When arriving at the top of the stone stairs, you can see a cute but enormous owl statue, which is considered to be a power spot for good luck and monetary fortune. The central pillar supporting the great owl is said to bring monetary fortune, while the surrounding four other pillars is to ward off calamities and bad luck.

    Torinoko Shrine is a small yet allure-rich Shinto structure with marvelous patina and ambiance. It’s far out in the cedar dense hills outside the terminally joyless and bland Ibaraki prefecture town...

  • Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko
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    56 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 3021
    The Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art and Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko are located around 20 minutes' drive from the Sakuragawa-Chikusei Interchange of the Kita-Kanto Expressway, via the Tomobe Junction of the Joban Expressway. The Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art features works by the late Mr. Shoji Hamada, who was a designated Living National Treasure, as well as works by other ceramists associated with the town of Mashiko. On the same site, there are also the Sasajima Kihei Hall, which has permanent exhibitions of works by the printmaker Kihei Sasajima, who studied under Shiko Munakata, and the Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence, which hosts artists-in-residence from all over the world as part of an international exchange program. Shoji Hamada's House, which has been designated as a Cultural Property by the town of Mashiko, includes a reconstruction of the climbing kiln that Mr. Hamada used.

    This meseum is modern and is very nice and clean and very friendly to English visitor. The art that are on displays changes every 3 to 4 months so its always good to go back and visit to see what is...

  • Nasu Teddy Bear Museum
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    55 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,

  • Karasawayama Shrine
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Fujichou 1409
    This shrine in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture was founded in 1883 and enshrines Fujiwara-no-Hidesato. Prayer requests for safe driving and family safety are accepted and on the first of each month they do fortune-consultations. Built over the remains of Hidesato's castle, the area is a natural fortress surrounded by cliffs and valleys covered in Japanese Red Pine trees and some of the castle ruins still remain. En route to the main hall you'll pass the Sakura Horse Grounds in which numerous sakura cherry trees are planted.

    ナビだとわかりにくいですが、山の上にある神社でした。駐車場から猫ちゃんがお出迎えしてくれてテンション上がります。神社への道のりも沢山の猫に癒やされながら登れます。御朱印も数種類から選ぶことができます。待ち時間の間も猫ちゃんと戯れられ、景色も眺める事もできるのであっという間です。子供達もとても楽しんで参拝することができました。

  • British Embassy Villa Memorial Park
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    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...

  • Greatest Ebisusama in Japan (Osaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Osaki-jinja Shrine)
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    9 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Mokashi Higashigou 937
    The Osaki-jinja Shrine, located in Mooka City, Tochigi Prefecture enshrining both Daikokusama (Okuninushi deity: God of Wealth) and Ebisusama (Kotoshironushi deity: God of Development) is registered in the Engishiki, a registry of ancient shrines. This 1500-year-old shrine is said to bring various types of luck, including health, matchmaking, and marriage blessings, and better fortune. The inner shrine, gilded with noted engravings, is not to be missed. Also known as ‘the shrine where you win the lottery’, many visitors come to worship here every year.

    770年頃の創建。主祭神は大國主大神、事代主大神。大國主大神は大黒様、事代主大神は恵比寿様とされており、開運招福の神であることから様々な御利益があるとのこと。 真岡観光の帰りにたまたま遭遇したのが例大祭の山車。暗闇に提灯の明かりが浮かび上がり、数台の山車が勇壮な掛け声とともに曳かれていた。

  • Utsunomiya Museum of Art
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    4.5
    46 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Nagaokachou 1077
    An art museum in Utsunomiya City. Their collection brings together modern art, posters, and designer furniture that focus on the themes of Art and the Region, Art and Life, and Art and the Environment. They also display works of art from local Utsunomiya artists. The museum holds special exhibitions and art related workshops as well as nature viewing excursions into Utsunomiya's Cultural Forest.

    I have visited the museum countless times. The park in which it is located in and of itself is an attraction and worth taking a picnic, a frisbee, a camera to on a fine day. Unless you are disabled...

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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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