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  • Mibumachi Toy Museum
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    4.0
    24 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 .

  • Iwashita New Ginger Museum
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    4.0
    6 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.

    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...

  • Greatest Ebisusama in Japan (Osaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Osaki-jinja Shrine)
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    4.0
    8 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.

    10月19日に国重要文化財に指定されたというニュースを見て翌日に参りました。本殿にある彫刻が決め手になったとのことで、実際に近くで見ると生き生きとした素晴らしい彫刻でした。色彩が豊かで、形に勢いを感じました。境内はきれいに整備されていて、巨大な恵比寿像が目をひきます。横には水量豊かな河川が流れ、すべてが美しさを盛り上げていました。境内の茶店が美食を提供、販売品もお値打ち品がたくさんありました。とて...

  • Tochigi Science Museum
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    4.5
    38 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...

  • Ohya History Museum
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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.
  • Nasu Classic Car Museum
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    3.5
    22 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.

    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.

  • Heike Ochudo Folk Museum
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    2.5
    3 Reviews
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Yunishigawa 620
    This museum is on Prefectural Route 249 in Yunishigawa, Nikko City. It's in the hot spring enclave of Yunishigawa Onsen, where it's said that the Taira clan fled after defeat in the Genpei War. The museum's exhibits relate to the clan and include armor, kimono, literature, and items from daily life.

    平家の落人伝説がある湯西川の上流にある資料館です。近くの町営駐車場に車を停めて見学しましたが、拝観料500円の割には展示品は貧弱で半分はガラクタかと思うような物でした。明らかに500円は高過ぎます。

  • Tsukada Memorial Hall
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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.
  • Nasu Shrine
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Tochigi Otawara-shi Minami Kanemaru 1628
    This shrine is located in Minamikanemaru, Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture. It is said to have been built more some 1600 years ago during the time of Emperor Nintoku. The shrine was rebuilt by Nasu no Yoichi, a samurai famous for his legendary feat of archery at the Battle of Yashima at the end if the Heian period. For this reason, it has strong ties to the Nasu Clan. To this day, horseback archery is still practiced at the shrine’s annual grand festival. The main shrine and the shrine’s two-story gate, which were rebuilt in 1577, have been designated as national Important Cultural Properties.

    Yoichi shrine is a favorite spot for locals who want to wish for success on the first attempt. The grounds blend in with nature, and the paint is not touched up. The gold bowl buried in the mound at...

  • Itsukushima Shrine Bijin Benten
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    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Honjo 2-1860
    This shrine is located in Honjo 2-Chome, Ashikaga City. It enshrines Bijin Benten, an incarnation of Ichikishimahime-no-mikoto, the enshrined deity of Itsukushima Shrine. Bijin Benten is the patron deity of beauty, health, and long life. The shrine issues “Bijin Shomei” amulets that prove that a woman is both beautiful on outside and kind of heart on the inside.
  • Hagurosan Shrine
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    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Imazato Cho 1444
    This Shinto shrine is located at the top of 458-meter high Mt. Haguro towering on the western side of Imazato-cho, Utsunomiya City, Kawachi County, Tochigi Prefecture. There are various theories about the origin of the shrine, but in general it is believed to have been founded sometime during the Kohei era (1058-1065). The shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama and has been a destination for worshippers since ancient times. Today, it is nicknamed “Ohaguro-sama.”
  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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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.
  • Kanuma Municipal Art Museum of Kawakami Sumio
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    Tochigi Kanuma-shi Mutsumicho 287-14
    This art museum was founded in 1992 with the donation of some 2,000 works of art from Katsusaburo Hasegawa (1912-2001), a Kanuma City native who was a student of Kawakami Sumio. The museum was built with fukaiwa stone quarried in Kanuma. Its exterior, which resembles the western-style buildings of the Meiji period, was designed based on one of Kawakami’s woodblock prints. Its interior was finished with generous amounts of wood. The museum rotates its exhibits four times per year, allowing visitors to explore a variety of different themes.
  • Suga Shrine
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    Tochigi Oyama-shi Miyamotocho 1-2-4
    This shrine was founded in 940 with the transfer and enshrinement of a division of the tutelary deity of Kyoto’s Gion Shrine (now called Yasaka Shrine). Its Daidai Okagurasai festival held in early April and its Gion Matsuri festival held from July 14 to 21 each year are well known. On the third Sunday of July, 25 portable shrines including one massive one that weighs in at two tons are carried through the city.
  • Kurobane Basho no Yakata
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    4.0
    9 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...

  • Daichuji Temple
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    Tochigi Tochigi-shi Nishiyamada 252
    This famous Buddhist temple’s main gate is a rare example of ancient temple architecture. The grounds also include seven legendary “wonders”: A hearth kept constantly lit to ward away a ghost; a set of stairs whose use is prohibited because they are said to bring bad luck; the “rootless” wisteria which grew from a cane; a well which is said to make the sound of horse hooves and neighing; a haunted toilet; a mountain to the east of the temple from which the sound of a wooden clapper can be heard by the head priest when danger threatens the temple; and a room where it is said that if you sleep in it, you will awaken lying in the opposite direction you fell asleep in. The temple also famously received the hearty patronage of Kanto regional deputy Uesugi Kenshin.
  • Tochigi Dashi Kaikan
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
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    Tochigi Tochigi-shi Yorozucho 3-23
    This museum, which opened in 1995, exhibits and preserves festival floats, a prefecturally designated tangible cultural asset. Three floats are always on display and are regularly rotated. The museum recreates the semi-annual Tochigi Autumn Festival by combining the real floats that are on display with digital audio and video, allowing visitors to experience the intensity of the festival and the beauty of its festival floats.

    For some reason, I thought most of the festival floats, especially those depicting heroes/heroins from old Japanese stories, were kind of creepy. If you've seen Kabuki masks, you know what I'm...

  • Yamaage Kaikan
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    4.0
    11 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.

    JR烏山駅から徒歩で行きました。三月まで改装中てした。中には入れて、お土産さんとトイレは利用できました。入口入った、カーペットが良かったです〇

  • Ashinokenbuzan Yuzen-jinja Shrine
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino 2234
  • Oya-ji Temple (Oya Kannon)
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    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Oyamachi 1198
    This Tendai Sect Buddhist temple in Oya Town, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi has been built surrounded by a cavern. Within the temple are 10 stone carvings of buddha carved directly into the cavern wall including Japan’s oldest statue of the goddess Kannon (the Oya thousand-armed Kannon). These historical artifacts have led the temple to have been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan, even today the temple draws many visitors.

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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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