Spots in Sano / Ashikaga Area

  • Ashikaga Flower Park
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    4.5
    988 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Hasamachou 607
    A full spectrum of flowers bloom in this flower park, located in Tochigi Prefecture. One particularly famous specimen is the wisteria said to be over 140 years old, and designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument. Many visitors come from all over the country during peak season when Japan’s largest wisteria and white Japanese wisteria bloom and form a tunnel. In winter, you’ll find one of the largest illumination displays in Kanto, with four million light bulbs.

    Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination is arguably the best illuminated park in all of Japan. Walking under all the magical lights truly makes for a spectacular and enjoyable evening.

  • Sano Premium Outlets
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    4.0
    400 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Koenachou 2058
    This outlet mall in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture is a popular destination with foreign tourists and visitors from the Tohoku region. It features about 170 stores selling a range of products like fashion and household goods, interior decor, sports merchandise, kids items, and more. There are restaurants and cafés as well. Its fashionable shopping streets, reminiscent of America’s east coast, make it a popular dating spot.

    It’s a great place to visit for some “western” style shopping and an excellent little stop in sleepy Sano. Take in the culture of the “town” and get some quality shopping in as well, away from the...

  • Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
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    3.5
    112 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

  • Ashikaga Orihime Shrine
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Ichigo no Sato Farm (Strawberry Farm)
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Oyamashi Okawashima 408
    At this visitor’s farm, located in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture, between the months of December and the end of May, one can enjoy picking Skyberry and Tochiotome strawberries, as well as seasonal fruits such as cherries, blueberries, peaches, and grapes. Located on the same grounds is Berry Berry Marché, a gourmet complex housing a buffet restaurant, a cafe, and confectionary shop.

    We went there during the strawberry season and I have to say - it was an unusual and pleasant experience. I have never gone fruit picking in my life before and this was the first. Plucking and eating...

  • Kuranomachi Old Township
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Bandai Museum
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Shimotsugagunmibumachi Omochanomachi 3-6-20 Bandai Collection Center
    The Bandai Museum, located in Mibu Town, Shimotsuga County, Tochigi Prefecture, has life size statues of Gundam in its entrance hall. The facility is divided into four themed museums: Japanese Toys, from the Edo period to present day; the World Toys museum displaying historically significant toys; the Edison Collection; and a must-see collection for fans, the Gundam Collection. The museum has an enclosure for children to play, and can be enjoyed by all, children both small and grown.

    This museums main exhibition is a boy’s toy, especially the kind of robots. The eye-catcher is a life-size upper half statue of Gundam. The face was moving right and left, looked like searching...

  • Tochigi Wanpaku Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Shimotsugagunmibumachi Kuniya 2273
    This park is located in Shimotsuga County, Tochigi Prefecture. Visitors to its massive grounds can feel the park's seasons through its seasonal flowers as they move their bodies to their hearts content on its athletic play equipment or its grassy fields. The park features many facilities that children can enjoy, including the Kid's Castle, which features a popular ball pool, and the Mystery Boat, where kids can experience eight different mysterious phenomena.

    幼稚園くらいの子どもたちには最高の公園です。何度もグループで訪れました。入園無料ですし、安全な遊び場で子どもたちを一日解放してあげることができる良い公園です。

  • Kurita Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Komabachou 1542
    This world leading porcelain art museum's collection includes works by Imari, Nabeshima, and Kakiemon and is surrounded by 100,000 square meters of natural greenery. The main building is characterized by its white plaster walls and with over 400 exhibits you can see their entire collection on display. There's also the history hall with its porcelain tiled walls, which has a showroom of large porcelain pots by Imari and an observation deck on the top-most floor.

    Nice and beautiful museum. Lots of porcelaine and informative. However, not suitable if you are going in for more knowledge on porcelaine. They have great pieces and history on it. But no translation...

  • Mibumachi Toy Museum
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 .

  • Oyama Onsen Hot Springs Omoigawa
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Oyamashi Kizawa 1475
    This day-trip hot spring bathhouse is in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. The baths are fed from a clear sodium chloride spring that is said to be effective for nerve pain, muscle soreness, and recovery from fatigue. Come refresh both body and mind in a variety of baths including their large outdoor bath from which you can enjoy the changing seasons as well as their earthenware tubs made from Shigaraki pottery. There is also a restaurant.

    If you happen to be in Oyama, just give this onsen a try. Its a nice, no frills onsen where you can go and enjoy a great public bath in 4 different kind of pools. My favorite is the outdoor pool...

  • Iwashita New Ginger Museum
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    4.0
    7 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シアム]を訪問した際 ランチとして訪問しました。 注文したのは《岩下の新生姜肉巻きプレート...

  • Tochigi Dashi Kaikan
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    More than half of Tochigis traditional festival floats are on display here, which enables visitors to see them even though the festival is only held in November of even-numbered years. The overview...

  • Tochigi Kuranomachi Tourism Center
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Yorozuchou 4-1
    A tourist information center in Tochigi City. The building was originally the shop, attached building, residence, and warehouse of the Tamura family who was the merchant of the kitchenware and flax business known as Happyakukin. It now sells Tochigi specialties including pickled goods, miso, soba flour, and rice crackers and there's a restaurant that serves soba noodles on the first floor. You can also buy goods featuring Tochigi's mascot character, Tochisuke.

    This is a local gift shop in the middle of high street. They have a reasonable selection of local goods. I bought a 720 milliliter bottle of local sake. If you spend more than 500 yen here, they will...

  • Taihei Kikan
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Isechou 3-6-4
    A tourist information facility in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. Built to commemorate the 1991 broadcasting of the Taiheiki historical drama, here you can find information about Ashikaga as well as local souvenirs for sale. Along with regional sweets, original goods, and finished goods for sale you can also rent bicycles.

    観光案内所兼地元産品の販売所です。駐車場も広めですので車での観光の場合ここに駐車するのも良いかと思います。また、レンタサイクルもありますので、足利市内の観光に活用できるかと思います。

  • Sano Ramen Mini Museum
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Sano-shi Wakamatsucho
    This mini museum is located inside the Palport plaza in front of Sano Station. Inside the tourist information center on the first floor, the museum displays models of Sano ramen served in some 30 establishments in the area. The bowls used are actual bowls from the various restaurants. Each is a realistic replica of each restaurant's vaunted Sano ramen. Informational cards next to each model present information such as the restaurant's address, business days, number of parking spaces, and noodle characteristics, meaning the museum can also be used to help you choose which restaurant to go to. Visitors rave that just looking at the models will make you hungry, and another nice thing about it is that it's free.

    台風19号に寄る水害の災害ボランティアで栃木県佐野市にやって来た。 佐野駅前に佐野らーめんミニ博物館があると言うので立ち寄った。 佐野駅前交流プラザぱるぽーと 1階にあり入場無料の施設。館内に は、市内30店舗のラーメンサンプルが並び、各店の住所や営業日、麺、 スープ、具材の特徴などが掲げられ、らーめん店選びの参考になりま すが、ここでラーメンは食べられなかったのが残念。

  • Sano Tourist Farm Agritown
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Ueshimochou 802-4
    Come pick seasonal fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at this sightseeing farm. There's also a produce shop on site that sells freshly picked fruit and vegetables as well as a cafe area and farm-style restaurant. During the summer they also make a very popular sunflower maze from a field of 70,000 sunflowers.

    佐野市に越してきてからちょくちょくお出かけしてます。 この時期はイチゴ狩りですね。JAさん?(違っていたらごめんなさい)が運営しているのか価格が手ごろです。駐車場は広くて止めやすいです。でも、土日はそれ以上に観光客が来ている感じですね。それでも、イチゴハウスは広いのでごちゃごちゃ感はなくイチゴ狩りを楽しめます。私のおすすめは早めの時間にイチゴ狩りを楽しんでお昼は敷地内お店でらーめんかそばを食べるの...

  • Ashikaga Museum of Art
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Tori 2-14-7
    This unusual art museum is built into a housing complex. The museum supports the local culture and artistic endeavors of the Ashikaga and Ryomo regions, with works by local artists from both areas on display. Fine art and performing art workshops are held at the museum. There is also a free to view local artist's corner.

    東武足利市駅、JR足利駅からともに10分程度の場所にある、市立の美術館です。規模はさほど大きくありませんが、地域に密着した良い施設だと感じました。足利学校や鑁阿寺の観光と併せて立ち寄るのが良いかと思います。

  • Sano Yasuragi no Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Konakachou 215 SGC Sports Plaza North
    This Super Sento (Japanese style relaxation-spa) is located in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. The Bijin no Yu open-air baths use natural hot spring water shipped straight from the source. Its alkaline simple spring water is said to give people beautiful skin. The high-concentration carbonated spring indoor baths are also notable for the effect of blood circulation. The bath house offers a full range of facilities to help guests relax. These include a rest area featuring seats each equipped with a television, body scrubbing salons, and a restaurant that offers items such as juwari soba (soba noodles made without a wheat filler).

    佐野やすらぎの湯に併設されている食事処です。湯上がりに食べるアイスは絶品ですね。食事だけの利用も可能です。

  • Ashikaga Information and Communication Space
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Ashikaga-shi Tori 1-2673-1
    This facility was opened in order to help people learn more about the history and culture of Ashikgaga, attract people to the area, and contribute to the revitalization of the community. Remodeled in 2016, the facility has a rest area and conference rooms, and provides tourist information. On the second floor, visitors can try on traditional clothing made of Ashikaga Meisen silk, a textile which took the world by storm in the late 1920s, and walk around town wearing a kimono or set of Japanese armor. Drinks, soups, and lunch meals for takeout are sold in the rest area on the first floor.

    鑁阿寺や足利学校の観光の際の休憩場所として重宝します。入場は無料。足利名物の織物についての展示もあります。

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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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