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  • Nikko Toshogu Shrine
    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.
  • Torinokosansho Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ohya History Museum
    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.
  • Iwashita New Ginger Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    岩下の新生姜ミュージアム内にあるカフェで、多彩な新生姜料理があります。注文のシステムは、券売機で食券を購入し カウンターに食券を出して、呼び出しベルを受け取ります。私の注文した物がいくら待っても出て来ないので、仕方なく、もしまだ作っていないのなら、キャンセルしたいと申し出たところ、忘れていたということで、返金してくれました。謝ってくれて、返金してくれたので、それだけて十分でしたが、お詫びの品という...

  • Ashio Copper Mine
    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.
  • Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Honmaruchou 1-15
    A historic landmark in Utsunomiya City, this is a restored part of Utsunomiya Castle's keep, which was originally built in the mid Edo-period. The moat, earthen embankment and watchtower have been restored and from the top of the tower you can look out at the city of Utsunomiya and Mt. Myojin. There is also an exhibition room on site with displays information about Utsunomiya's history and places to see. It is the site of annual festivals including the Utsunomiya Castle Festival and the Gyoza Festival.
  • SL Land Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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。

  • Emile Galle Museum (Exposition Permanente des Verreries D' Emile Galle)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 132
    This art museum in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture is located inside a building styled after the architecture of medieval Europe. The museum primarily exhibits the works of French artist Emile Galle as well as materials such as his sketches and letters. The museum also has its own cafe where visitors can relax. At the museum shop, visitors can purchase glass products, original accessories, and other items.
  • Diana Garden Angel Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Otsu 3392
    This art museum is in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. While the outside is styled to look like an English mansion the interior has a great number of works of art on display around the themes of Cupid and angels. There's also an English-style garden with beautiful scenery to enjoy year-round. Pets are allowed and there are always plenty of visitors.
  • Matsugamine Catholic Church
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    4.5
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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 beautiful church is probably the only one built with Oya-ishi (locally produced volcanic ash stone with green-greyish colour) in the world and designed by a Swiss architect Max Hinder (1887...

  • Stone Plaza
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2717-5
    This art museum was designed by architect Kuma Kengo. Originally an old stone warehouse it is almost entirely constructed out of stone. On display are stone works, interactive exhibitions, photographs, and drawings, and regular special events are held. There is also a cafe and shop.

    隈研吾が大正時代の3つの石倉をベースにデザインした小さな美術スペース。地元の芦野石を使っている。展示品は正直なところ大した作品はないが、石と水で作られた空間こそが作品といったところ。中庭全体に水が張られ、石の建造物と空を映し出す景色はモダンアートのようだ。

  • Nasu Orgel Museum
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 270
    This music box museum is located in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Its permanent exhibit features 100 items including antique music boxes, mechanical musical instruments, and other items, most of which are from the collection of music box collector Kiyoshi Sato. Visitors to the museum, which is visited by many tourists, can also enjoy activities such as making their own music box.

    音の深みがあるオルゴールばかり。 一度は訪問して、あの音色を聴いて癒されるのもアリだと思います。 美術館の外に鐘があるのですが、恋人と鐘の下で愛を確めあうのも良いかもしれませんね。

  • Nasu Classic Car Museum
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    I was like a child in a toyshop here. If you ever like Classic or Vintage car & motorbikes, this can be be a heaven. Make sure that you are not on a tight schedule before you enter here.

  • Nasu Onsen Shrine
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Nasu Kogen Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Yumoto 207-2
    This information center is located in Nikko National Park. The center features videos, pictures, and other information exhibits about the history, nature, and other aspects of the Nasu Kashi region. The center features a promenade built around its perimeter where visitors can enjoy the seasonal scenery of the surrounding area and the Nasu Mountains. The center also regularly holds events and is used by many locals as a place to socialize.
  • Akanuma Nature Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi Official presence
    This information center is located in Akanuma, the entrance to Senjogahara. It provides information on the nature, hiking trails, and other aspects of parts of the Okunikko area such as Senjogahara and Odashirogahara. The information center also features informational exhibits on the origins of Senjogahara, its seasonal flowers, and other topics. The center also conducts nature tours and other activities during the high season.
  • Nikko Takehisa Yumeji Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Karakura 772-1
    This art museum displays works by artist Takehisa Yumeji representative of Taisho-period romanticism. Present are examples of Yumeji's writings, bound works, and woodblock prints. With camellia patterned stained glass and an overall white theme the interior of the building evokes a retro Taisho-period western-style building giving the feeling of a place that has slipped through time.
  • Nikko Natural Science Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Konoha Fossils Museum
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    子どもが化石をみたい❗ということで木葉化石園に行きました。 化石がさまざまたくさんあって、マニアックでしたが面白かったです。 石を割って化石を持って行ける体験もあって良かったです。

  • Utsunomiya Museum of Art
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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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