Spots in Utsunomiya Area

  • Ohya History Museum
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    4.5
    589 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
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    4.0
    273 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Utsunomiya Zoo
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Kamikanaimachi 552-2
    This zoo in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture has a theme of “Nature, Animals, and Kids.” It raises about 90 animal species, including lions, giraffes, and Asian elephants. You can see the animals up close and feed and pet some of the smaller ones. Pony rides are popular with the kids. There is also an amusement park on the grounds, a pool that’s open in summer, and a winter fishing pond. A visit provides a day of fun for the whole family.

    It is not so big zoo. But you can enjoy water some animals near. You can see white lions and white tigers both. ホワイトライオンとホワイトタイガーが両方観られる数少ない動物園です。 宇都宮駅からバスで30分程度で行くことができます。

  • Matsugamine Catholic Church
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    4.0
    103 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 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...

  • Tochigi Science Museum
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kitsuregawa Soutome Onsen
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Sakurashi Sotome 2114
    This day-trip hot spring facility in Sakura City, Tochigi Prefecture draws from an aromatic sulfur spring that is said to help people with nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, or digestive troubles. The spring stands out for the sulfur in the air making it an emerald green in the morning and a milky white at night.

    館内の写真撮影は一切禁止で、外観も逆光のため写真はありません。 何年かぶりに訪れましたが、以前は平日でもかなり混雑していたのに、午後1時半頃に到着すると、車は1台のみ。 あれ?臨時休業かな?と思いきや営業しておりましたが、どうしたのでしょう? アメニティはボディーソープ(たぶん?)のみで、シャンプーや石鹸もありませんが、入浴料は1,100円とかなりお高め。 夕方5時以降は700円になるようです...

  • Utsunomiya Museum of Art
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    4.5
    46 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...

  • Ryumon Furusato Mingeikan
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Nasukarasuyama-shi Taki 414
    "This craft hall is located near Ryumon Waterfall, said to be the home of a dragon. The hall's terrace and observatory offer a sweeping view of the fall. The hall contains dragon-themed exhibits and also introduces local folk tales and legends via animated movies, and visitors can come in contact with stories handed down in the Karasuyama area as well as the legend of the dragon of Ryumon Waterfall. It is said you will find love and experience increased luck if you pray to the dragon figure in the hall's ""dragon cave."" The hall is a five-minute walk from Taki Station. The hall also sells local specialty prodcuts."

    Ryumon Waterfall which means Dragon Gate falls is a beautiful water fall easily accessible from Taki Station and a designated car park. There is a path that leads down to the river and towards a...

  • Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Nasu-gun Nakagawamachi Bato 116-9

    This museum offers a beautify of design by Mr. Kengo Kuma and ukiyoe the collections of Mr. Aoki. Both are amazing. Many of the building materials are from Tochigi prefecture beautifully harmonized...

  • The Grand Spa Nandaimon
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Imaizumi 3-2-18
    The baths at this day-trip hot spring bathhouse are fed from a spring which comes from 1,200 meters below ground. There are many baths to enjoy including hot and warm outdoor baths for the men and a cypress bath with pleasing scent that good for the skin for the women. The bathhouse also offers a bedrock bath and relaxation area as well as a restaurant which serves Nandaimon yakiniku BBQ.

    温泉の種類が多くて嬉しい 女湯の檜の湯が個人的に好きでした 露天風呂は不老長寿の湯が 広々としていてよかったです〜 お風呂あがりには漫画コーナーや 温泉施設の中に飲食店もあり かなりのんびりできる施設です

  • Bell Sakura no Yu
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Youtou 6-5-31
    This day trip hot spring facility in Utsunomiya City offers outdoor baths which visitors can enjoy free-flowing spring water drawn directly from the source, as well as an artificial carbonated spring known to be good for healthy skin, four different types of indoor bath, bedrock bath, and three different types of sauna. You'll also find a 230-seat restaurant, a banquet hall, and facilities for relaxing after leaving the bath.

    We were staying the night in Utsunomiya before proceeding to Nasu Shiobara and decided to visit a day Onsen. We got here by taking Bus #2 from Utsunomiya JR Stn East exit to Bell Mall (¥150). From...

  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Mutsumichou 2-2
    This museum in Utsunomiya City is located in Tochigi Central Park and collects, preserves, and researches materials relating to Tochigi's nature and culture. Their permanent exhibits look at Tochigi's history from the geological age to present times as well as introduce you to the Nikko region's insects, flora, and fauna. There are also special exhibitions on a variety of subjects.

    This museum is the place to go if you want to learn more about all aspects of Tochigi prefecture - nature, history and so on. The sad point? There is nothing available in English.

  • Tochigi Prefecture Central Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Mutsumichou 2-50
    "This park in Mutsumi-cho, Utsunomiya City has a theme of ""Water, Greenery, and Culture."" It's arranged like a strolling garden and has a Western style sunken garden centered on a pond, as well as a Japanese garden. Their Green Consultation Center holds horticultural exhibits and other events. The Tochigi Prefectural Museum is also on the grounds."

    Its a very pleasant peaceful place to go for a walk and relax. Theres a parking inside and that is what most people do - drive, park, and then go for a walk. The park is connected to the Tochigi...

  • Kinu Green Park
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Shioyaguntakanezawamachi Houshakuji 86-1
    A park located in Shioya County, Tochigi Prefecture. Situated on the flood plain of the Kinu River, visitors to the park's vast grounds can enjoy a variety of leisure facilities, including rental bicycles, an aquatic obstacle course, a baseball field, and tennis courts. Various seasonal flowering plants bloom in the park, and many visitors come to view the park's field of cosmos when they blossom in October. Straddling the Kinu River, the park is divided into the Hoshakuji area on the left bank and the Shirasawa area on the right bank.

    Great park that attract less attention. The water athletic is with very interesting and challenging to teenagers, even our 6 years old kid is enjoying very much with most of the climbs.

  • Wakayama Farm
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Takaragihoncho 2018
    This multi-generational bamboo farm boasts 24 hectares of beautifully maintained bamboo thickets that stretch as far as the eye can see. From April to June, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including foraging for bamboo shoots, drinking matcha tea out of bamboo cups, bamboo crafts, and bamboo hammocking. It is also possible take strolls through the bamboo thickets, which are illuminated at night. Relying on the lights from their borrowed paper lantern, visitors can enjoy experience that can only be described as otherworldly.

    At Four Seasons Wakayama Farm, I had a walk through the illuminated bamboo forest. At the entrance, the owner will explain the route you can take for a walk. They offered me for a cup of Japanese tea...

  • Hotaru no Sato Bonten no Yu
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Imazatochou 18-4
    This day spa is located in Utsunomiya City. Its natural open-air baths, which offer great views of Mt. Haguro towering over the northernmost end of Utsunomiya City, are fed with unadulterated spring water. This spring water is said to promote good health and recovery from fatigue. The spa also features sand baths, sweat-promoting sauna, private rental baths, and other relaxing facilities. It also features a restaurant offering food made with seasonal ingredients, a great hall where bathers can relax after a bath, and more.

    宇都宮市の郊外にある、大きな日帰り温泉です。 この規模の温泉では、湯は循環利用している施設が多いですが、こちらの露天風呂はかけ流し。お客さんは多かったですが、湯の状態は結構良かったです。

  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Sakura 4-2-7
    This art museum's collection spans local and domestic artists as well as works from western Europe, and their 8,000-piece collection includes examples of paintings, woodblock prints, illustrations, photographs, and handicrafts. Along with the permanent exhibits they also invite you to come in contact with art through a wide variety of special exhibits, workshops, and events for everyone from children to adults.

    監視人の女性たちは殆どがアルバイトですが、鑑賞している最中の目線がキツイ。まるで、罪悪人を見る視線で、落ち着いて鑑賞できない。せっかく隣の県から訪ねたのに、おもてなしができていない。最後には、男性職員が、2人、出口から入ってきて、ジロリと一喝、とっても感じ悪ーという、なんて日だ!

  • Brex Arena Utsunomiya (City Gymnasium)
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Motoimaizumi 5-6-18

    ブレックスと川崎ブレイブサンダースの試合観戦に訪問。 4000人をこえる人数を収容でき、非常に雰囲気がよく、楽しめました。 トイレの待ち時間が長いのが難点。

  • Utsunomiya Minmin Main Store
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    4.0
    228 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Utsunomiyashi Babadori 4-2-3
    The dumpling specialty store Utsunomiya Minmin, opened in 1958, is a restaurant committed to dumplings, serving only three kinds—grilled, soup and fried. The owner of the restaurant has strived daily to improve the taste of dumplings he learnt how to make in Beijing. Grilled and fried dumplings are available for takeout.

    They offer gyoza three ways, pan fried, in the hot water and deep fried. This is not my favorite gyoza restaurants but my husband’s favorite. There are many min-min everywhere and take out is also...

  • Tagesan Fudoson Temple
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Utsunomiya-shi Tagemachi 563
    Records state this ancient Buddhist temple was established in 822. Located halfway up Mt. Tage on the northwest side of Utsunomiya City, the temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Acala, who is viewed as an avatar of Vairocana. The temple holds a fire walking festival, usually on the third Sunday in May, which involves the creation of a massive homa consecrated fire to pray for protection from misfortune, better luck, and sound health. Participation is not limited to adherents of Shugendo ascetic practices, and members of the general public can also participate for free. Utsunomiya is said to be a mecca for cycling, and is the location of the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race, the biggest bicycle race in Asia. In turn, this temple is famous for holding a special ceremony before the race for teams who request it to pray for their safety.

    Every May this temple organizes a ritual firewalk where you can try to walk on hot coals. There are also other minor events in other seasons. The temple grounds are nice for a peaceful walk. Just...

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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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