Spots in Mashiko / Moka / Motegi Area

  • Honda Collection Hall
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    4.5
    67 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Twin Ring Motegi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi ken Haga-gun Mogi-cho Hayama 120-1
    This mobility theme park is famous in part thanks to its motor sports circuit and is located in Motegi Town, Haga County, Tochigi. Inside the park you’ll find things for the whole family to enjoy including Mobi Park where even children can try driving and riding different vehicles and a giant multi-level labyrinth. Have a comfortable time glamping and coming into close contact with nature in the nearby woods.
  • Torinokosansho Shrine
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    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.

    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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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Mooka Railway
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • Saimyoji Temple
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 4469
    This Shingon Buddhist Sect Buzan School Temple in Mashiko City, Tochigi Prefecture is dedicated to the 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva. The gabled thatched two-story gate and three-story pagoda constructed in 1492 and the miniature shine in the main temple hall that is said to be created during the Muromachi period have all been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A statue of a laughing Yama (king of Hell) next to the Bodhisattva Jizo who protects those who have fallen to hell is also found here at the temple. The laughing Yama (king of Hell) is said to be the incarnation of the jizo.

    I loved this temple, it was one of my favorite places at Mashikos town mainly because you can be delighted with the lot of nature that surrounds it and the temple itself really makes you feel...

  • Tochigi Prefecture Igashira Park
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Moka Shimokomoriya 99
    This urban park selected as one of Japan's 100 best is among the finest in Tochigi Prefecture. The park covers 93.3 hectares of hilly terrain with mixed groves of trees including jolcham oak, sawtooth oak, and Japanese red pine that surround the central Igashira Pond. The park's Ichimannin Pool water park and its boating pond are especially popular. Some of the park's other facilities include a rose garden, an alpine plant greenhouse, and an athletic field.

    This park was beautiful many trees (ex. Gingko trees) that provided a nice cover from the summer heat! There is also a spot for some water actvities and a pool/slide area that you can bring a...

  • Greatest Ebisusama in Japan (Osaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Osaki-jinja Shrine)
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Shimazaki Shuzo
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tochigi Nasukarasuyama-shi Chuo 1-11-18
    This sake brewery was established in 1849 by its founder Shimazaki Hikobe. It works hard every day with a single goal of making great sake. The brewery offers tours of its sake cave, which was originally an underground tank factory built at the end of the World War II. It also offers sake-making experiences. Each program requires a reservation. Some of the brewery's popular sakes include Azumarikishi, Uroko, and Kiwamishizuku.

    自宅から1時かからないのですが初めまして行きました。東力士の大吟醸(辛口)を私が試飲して父にプレゼントしました。ほどよい辛口で口当たりが滑らかで呑みやすく、美味しいです。ついでにクリームチーズの酒粕漬けも購入。一口食べた瞬間ふわっと清酒(東力士)がほのかに香り、さらにチーズの濃厚さとコクが凄くワインではなく日本酒が欲しくなります。インパクト強いです。 英語版⬇ I did not take...

  • Shoji Hamada Memorial Mashiko Sankokan Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 3388
    Shoji Hamada was a potter and living national treasure. This memorial hall in Mashiko Town, Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture showcases his pottery collection. Of course, Mr. Hamada’s own work is on display, as is the work of his colleagues Kawai Kanjiro, Bernard Leach, and others. The facility consists of Hamada’s residence and a portion of his workshop. An exhibition hall, studio, his climbing kiln, and a seasonal flower garden are all open to the public.

    Great visit to view a little of Shoji Hamadas life and reflect on his influence on ceramics. Theres an entry fee and takes about 30-45 min to walk through.

  • Iwamura Kazuo Ehon-no-Oka Art Museum
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Koisago 3097
    An art museum in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Managed by Iwamura Kazuo, author of beloved picture books such as the 14 Little Mice series and the Little Squirrel series, the exhibits center around the themes of picture books and nature. Inside the museum you'll find three exhibition spaces along with a small hall, a reading corner, and a shop which sells picture books and goods. In the tea room you can enjoy handmade cakes while passing the time away.

    友達が大好きな14ひきシリーズ、その中の三巻には、寺島尚彦さんの連弾組曲が作曲されています。ミュージアムショップで、その貴重な楽譜を購入しました。オンデマンド版注文生産の楽譜には、表紙の可愛い絵が無いので、買えて良かったです。館内のグランドピアノでコンサートも開かれるとのこと、コンサートの時に来たいです。

  • Mashiko-yaki Pottery Cooperative Sales Center
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Mashiko 706-2
    A souvenir shop is in Mashiko Town, Haga County, Tochigi Prefecture. Located in the Mashiko ware shopping town there are a number of shops including galleries of famous masters' pottery, ceramic workshops where you can try your hand at throwing pots or ceramic glazing, souvenir shops, local produce shops, and restaurants. They also open a special pottery fair in spring and fall drawing people from great distances.

    dans un cadre pour touristes et shopping de masse de poterie ,nous avons tous été surpris par la qualité du repas et sa variété , en groupe nous étions au large dans une grande salle ,je nai pas...

  • Yamaage Kaikan
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    栃木県の烏山にある、地元の夏祭りを紹介する会館で、夏に行われる「山あげ祭り」をミニチュアで見る事が出来ます。 入場料も安いので、1度は見ておくのも良いかも・・・

  • Spa Resort Livemax
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Mokashi Nagata 1-24-3
    This day-trip hot spring bathhouse and resort is located in Moka City. They offer a number of baths to enjoy including five types of open-air natural hot spring bath, two different saunas, a bedrock bath and an indoor heated pool. The natural hot spring baths are fed by a chloride spring and the salt clinging to the skin prevents sweat from evaporating, retaining body heat for longer periods. While the facility does not include traditional ryokan-inn style accommodations, condominium type rooms having baths fed by the natural hot spring water and long-term stays are available.

    This is more than a business or love hotel; it’s what would be born if the two wed and had a reasonably-priced, spacious efficiency with all the mod cons - tv, washer, microwave, fridge, massive...

  • Nakagawa Town Spa Yurigane no Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nakagawamachi Koguchi 1671-1
    This hot spring day spa is located in a quiet town at the foot of the Yamizo Mountains with a history that dates back to the Jomon and Yayoi periods. The spa's elevated location offers sweeping views of the changing seasonal faces of the mountains and the clear streams of the Nakagawa River. The ability to monopolize such views of the surrounding nature is one of the spa's biggest attractions. Its simple alkaline springs are said to have a variety of benefits, the most famous being its purported beautifying affects.

    先日、お風呂の中でもメガネをかけてもいいんだと、ふと、思いつき、ぼやぼや霞まない、眺めを堪能する事ができました。お湯は、とろんとろん。 とても温まるという感じはしませんが、空いているし、500円。隣のレストランのゆりがね定食は、850円で、アジフライ、ポークソテー、フライドポテト、サラダ、ごはん、味噌汁、香の物で、美味しいです。以前は、いのししのメンチカツだった気がするけど、ボリューム満点です。オ...

  • Clover Steak House
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Nasukarasuyamashi Kyouno 316-1
    "A western-style restaurant in Nasukarasuyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. Come enjoy western dishes such as steak and Hamburg steaks in a restaurant that centers its theme on ""food that restores"", which is also the root of the word 'restaurant'. Located at high elevation they use carefully selected local and domestic products to ensure tender, juicy, meat."

    昼メシで従兄弟と訪問です。 ステーキハウスですが、昼メシですので ハンバーグセットです。200グラムと けっこうお腹いっぱいになりました。 醤油ベースのソースで。

  • Shimotsuke Fudoki-no-Oka Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Shimotsuke-shi Kokubunji 993
    This museum displays artefacts excavated from the adjoining sites such as the National Historic Site-designated Shimotsuke Kokubun-ji Temple Remains and Amadera Ruins, and the Tochigi Prefecture Historic Site-designated Maruzuka Kofun and Atagozuka Kofun. The artefacts on display range from the Kofun period to the Nara period. Many ancient burial mounds, temple and provincial office ruins, and other sites connected to the prefecture's history and culture can be found in the area around the museum. The museum presents the history of Shimotsuke City from a variety of viewpoints, including government administration and the lives of everyday people in the distant past, the relationship between the region and more central areas of Japan, and the development of civil engineering and construction technologies.

    9時-17時まで開館の無料の資料館です。歴史について大変勉強になります。歴史が特に好きでなくても訪れる価値があります。

  • Mahoroba no Yu Yushinkan
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnakagawamachi Ogawa 1065
    This day-trip hot spring is in Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture. Along with an expansive indoor bath there's an open-air bath to enjoy while looking at the Nasu Mountain Range and listening to the Nakagawa River. The spring is a sodium - sulfate chloride spring and it is known to help with strokes. You'll also find local specialties of the Nakagawa region for sale and a snack corner which offers beer and soft serve ice cream.

    久しぶりに訪れました。 最初に来たときはまだ新築の匂いさえ漂ってましたが、今となっては十分に使い込まれた感じです。しかし館内は変わらず清潔に保たれていておりました。 お湯はアルカリ単純泉でクセも無くサッパリ系。しかしこの地方の地元の方は共同浴場慣れしていないのか、身体を洗わずに浴槽に入ってくるので気分が悪くなります。かけ湯さえしない輩もおりました。 施設にも問題ありで出入口の傍らに灰皿が置いてあり...

  • Tonoike Shuzo
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Hagagunmashikomachi Hanawa 333-1
    This brewery produces an array of choice sake and received a gold medal at the Annual Japan Sake Awards for its Sanran-daiginjo brew. Their facility tour is popular with tourists, where the brewer explains its history in detail. Come learn about the tradition and techniques of sake production. A gift shop on the grounds sells choice brews and cosmetics made with sake. Enjoy coffee brewed with the same water used for the sake, sweets with sake lees, a sake tasting set, and more at their café.

    The place has a very traditional way of making sake. We walked around and enjoy the instruction by a very welcoming staff. Sake ice cream are highly recommend and the place won many rewards.

  • Higeta Indigo Dyeing Studio
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Haga-gun Mashikomachi Jonaizaka 1
    "An indigo dyeing shop that has been in business since the late 1700s. Traditional indigo and vegetable dyeing techniques are said to have once accounted for 80% of the clothing worn by the public. Here those techniques have been handed down to the present day. Popularly known as ""Japan Blue,"" indigo and its traditional dyeing methods are highly regarded around the world. The 200-year-old thatched house epitomizes Mashiko's townscape, and the 72 indigo vats arrayed inside are a sight to see. Both the building and the vats are registered as prefectural Tangible Cultural Properties."

    お盆休み中だったので、実作業は見られませんでしたが、作業場を見させてもらえます。 次回は作業をしている様子を見にいきたいです。

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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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