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  • Ashikaga Flower Park
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    3.5
    11 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.

    味は良いですが、コスパ悪すぎですね。 ソースかつボウル1260円と言うのを頂きました。 フラワーパークにあるためか、ソースカツどんにサラダ合わせたワンプレートメニューのようなものでした。 ソースカツどん自体の味は良かったので、少しは救われましたが、間違いなく50%は高い価格設定だと思いました。

  • Sano Premium Outlets
    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.
  • Soshuji Temple (Sanoyakuyoke-daishi)
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Kanaikamichou 2233
    Sanoyakuyoke-daishi is the popular name of this Tendai Buddhist temple in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. The name was made famous via TV commercials. A protective statue of the priest Ryogen is installed, so the temple has become associated with warding off misfortune. It’s one of the three main Tendai temples of the Kanto region for improving your luck, so every New Year’s Day people pour in for Hatsumode, the first prayers of the New Year.
  • Roadside Station Domannaka Tanuma
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Sano Yasuragi no Yu
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    4.0
    6 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).

    入浴と大小タオルと浴衣レンタル、そしてメニュー限定ながら食事付きで平日900円、祝祭日1000円というリーズナブルさ。以前は食事スペースが名ばかり分煙だったのが、全席禁煙になりました。

  • Tochigi Wanpaku Park
    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.
  • Forest Adventure OHIRA
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Ohiramachinishiyamada 857
    This outdoor park located in Tochigi City was designed on the theme of symbiosis with nature. It offers a total of 58 activities that allow guests to move their bodies acrobatically. Three different courses are available, allowing people all of ages to have fun while staying safe. The park also features a dog park, barbequing area, and other facilities.

    It was great for a company outing. The course was a lot of fun, the staff great, and the BBQ was really nice too.

  • Mikamoyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    1747-1 Iwatsuki-cho Shimotsuwa, Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture
    This park is located in Mikamoyama which is mentioned in the famous Manyoshu collection of poetry. The park has fun facilities for all ages including the Adventure Forest and Wanpaku Playground for children as well as an herb garden. You can also board the Flower Train for a trip through the park around Mikamoyama. And with a variety of nature trails and hiking courses the park is popular with those looking to hike or just explore the outdoors.
  • Aguri no Sato Sightseeing Farm
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Otsukamachi 128-1
    Have fun picking Tochiotome and Tochihime strawberries at this fruit farm. Along with picking fruit you can make Christmas cakes with your chosen strawberries or, make miso during the winter months. You can pick and eat all the strawberries you'd like in a 30-minute period but please be aware that if you'd like to pick the Tochihime strawberries advance reservation is required.

    5/4 子供の日にお友達家族で行きました。係の方から威圧的な言動で苺の取り方等の説明がありました。その時点でガッカリしましたが、気を取り直してハウスへ行き20人くらいの人で少しずつしか前に行けず腐った黒い苺が目立ちました。そんな黒い苺を前にとても食べる気になりませんでした。二度と行きません。

  • Sano Tourist Farm Agritown
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    4.0
    21 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.

    春はイチゴ狩り、6月はブルーベリー狩りが楽しめます。新鮮な野菜のマーケットです。美味しいシャーベットアイスが楽しめます。

  • Sano City Kodomo no Kuni
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Horigomechou 579
    A park in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture with a wide lawn area that has a real rocket on display as well as a variety of play equipment. The large dinosaur slide is very popular with children. The park is also equipped with play facilities that require a fee for use including the Mysterious Forest, a train diorama, and a climbing area.
  • Ohirasan Minami Sanroku Vineyard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Ohiramachitomida Nishiyamada Shimokitakawa
    These vineyards are located in Tochigi City. Here on the southern base of Mt Ohira you'll find grape farms actively cultivating grapes. Enjoy grape picking in the vineyards during the harvest season from late June to October. They raise a variety of different types of grapes including the Kyoho, the Pione and the Aki Queen.
  • Izurusan Manganji Temple
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Tochigishi Izurumachi 288
    This Shingon Buddhist Sect Chizan School Temple in Tochigi City is dedicated to the Thousand-Hand Kanzeon Bodhisattva. It is known as being a powerful spiritual location surrounded by forests and water with perpetual services offered for the deceased, zen meditation, and waterfall meditation. The main temple hall has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Property whereas the Deva gate has been designated a City Cultural Property and the Izuru limestone caverns have been designated as City Natural Monument.

    This is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect founded in 765AD according to the temple’s homepage. It is located approximately twenty kilometers northwest of Tochigi City. On our way to the temple we...

  • Tochigi Flower Center
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    1612 Iwatsuki-cho Shimotsuwa, Tochigi, Tochigi Prefecture
    A botanical garden in Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture. Come enjoy a variety of flowers in a large flower bed shaped like six flower petals as well as the largest greenhouse in the country. Their permanent exhibits include flowers, fruits, and plants of the tropics and subtropics as well as strange, bizarre, and rare plants from around the world such as welwitschia mirabilis. Events are held showing off seasonal flowers.

    東北自動車道佐野藤岡ICを下りるとすぐの三毳山には、道の駅や小さい子連れで楽しめる公園があります。三毳山東麓にある花センターもたくさんお種類の面白いお花を見ることができるので、子連れでいくと結構遊べます。三毳山エリアだけで一日潰せました。

  • Tochigi Kuranomachi Tourism Center
    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.
  • Roadside Station Mibu
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Shimotsugagunmibumachi Kuniya 1870-2
    A roadside station in Shimotsuga County, Tochigi Prefecture. Along with offering tourist information they also sell local vegetables and souvenirs and there's a restaurant making this a great place to refresh yourself when out on a drive. From a large field and greenspace, to a park and toy museum, there are facilities for everyone from children to adults to enjoy. A popular item for sale is soft serve ice cream made with Tochigi's famous lemon-milk.

    林業のフェスティバルを開催中だったのか、テント屋台がたくさん出ていて、親子連れが木工工作の体験コーナーで遊んでいました。チェーンソーアートの実演や木こりのコンテストも行われていたようですが、ゆっくり見ている時間がなくて残念でした。

  • Kurita Museum
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    4.0
    26 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...

  • Banri (Handmade Ramen Noodles)
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tochigi Pref. Sanoshi Takahagichou 437-7
    Come taste a perfect representation of Tochigi's local Sano Ramen here at this ramen shop in Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture. Their soup base, made by boiling chicken and pork together for four hours, pairs well with their signature noodles handmade with green bamboo known for their springy texture. This popular ramen shop draws ramen fans from all over Japan.

    土曜、11:30頃、友達5人で伺いました。 駐車場も、お店の向かい側に広いものができていて、ストレスフリーなお店です。 タイミングだったのか注文してから食べるまで10分ほどかかりましたが、待つ甲斐のある佐野らーめんです。

  • Oyama Onsen Hot Springs Omoigawa
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    4.0
    18 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...

  • Oyama Yasuragi-no-Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tochigi Pref. Oyamashi Higashijounan 5-26-5
    This super public bath house is in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. The bath water is transported by trucks directly from a natural hot-spring, Nakagawa's Nanpeidai hot spring, an alkaline simple spring which is said to be good for the skin. Those looking for beautiful skin should also check out the unisex heated bedrock sauna. In the bath house you'll also find a massage corner and a restaurant that serves seafood made from carefully selected seasonal ingredients.

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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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