Home to the incredible atypical treasures of this universe and wallowing in the glory of rich, profound history, Tochigi is a beautiful prefecture under the government of Japan found to the north of Tokyo. Packed with distinct, attractive features in the likes of volcanic mountains and recherché species of wild animals in the Nikko National Park. This blessed city has been an excellent host for visitors from different corners of the world. Though, what is it that’s so fascinating about Tochigi and what is it that you can bump into when you get to Tochigi?
1. Pay A Visit to Oya Stone Museum
This historical museum is typified by its gigantic underground cavern, extending far out to an approximate area of twenty thousand square feet. In fact, the cavern is so large that it can fit a whole baseball pitch.
The site on which this alluring museum sits on was formerly a mining site for the Utsunomiya locality. The gorgeous Utsunomiya Castle is found in its vicinity, and its enormous cavern serves numerous task in the likes of being a venue for holding concerts and conferences, music videos and movie shooting as well as a reception for blissful weddings.
- Name: Oya Stone Museum
- Address: 909 Oya-machi, Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi
- Phone: 028-652-1232
- Price: Adult 700yen
- Opening hours: 9：00 – 16：30
- Holiday: Open every day
- Website: http://www.oya909.co.jp/
2. Enjoy the Shibazakura Matsuri
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Shibazakura Matsuri, or if you like Fuji Shibazukira or just Moss Phlox Festival is a time ticking event. Evey year around April or May, visitors to this beautiful part of Japan get to enjoy the magnificent view of the floral carpet with different shades of pink, white, red and mauve which blend perfectly when the lawn cherry blossoms. If you happen not to visit the Ichikai-machi Shibazakura Park, then you are missing out on something so stunning.
- Name: Shibazakura Matsuri Festival
- Date: Sat: 16/04/2016 to Sun: 29/05/2016
- Website: http://www.shibazakura.jp/eng/
3. Pick Your Own Strawberry
This Japan’s prefecture is widely known as the realm of strawberries. With a significant difference between the low and high temperatures, plenty of the sunshine and limpid spring water, the environment is conducive for succulent and saccharine strawberries.
You can relish the pleasure of picking strawberries from numerous farms across the whole of Tochigi prefecture. So many varieties are available including the celebrated Tochiotome, which is considered to be the nation’s top brand.
- Name: Ichigi Gari (Strawberry Picking)
- Months:Late December – May
- Address: Various Farms in Tochigi
- Website: http://www.tochigiji.or.jp/
4. Nikkō Tōshō-gū
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Nikkō Tōshō-gū is a marvelous Shinto shrine found in Nikkō in the Tochigi prefecture of Japan and is part of the famous Shrines and Temples of Nikko. This enticing sanctuary is one of the many places you would want to visit as it has a long history, dating as early as 1617 during the Edo period. Interested in learning more about the alluring history, make an effort and visit the shrine once you are in Tochigi.
5. Lake Chūzenji
This is a picturesque lake found in the Nikkō City precisely in the attractive Nikkō National Park. With an alluring history of its formation during the eruption of Mount Nantai, the lake has become the talk of millions for quite a while now. Having been formed as a result of blockage of a river during the eruption process make it even more fascinating. You can luxuriate in its dashing view from an expedition boat.
- Name: Lake Chūzenji
- Area: 4.487 mi²
- Surface elevation: 4,163′
- Mean Depth: 535′
- Shore Depth: 15.53 mi
6. Ashikaga Flower Park
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- Name: Ashikaga Flower Park
- Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture 329-4216
- Phone: +81 284-91-4939
- Opening hours: Everyday 9 AM-6 PM
- Website: http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/
7. Kegon Falls
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Kegon Falls, with a height of 97 metres and found at Lake Chuzenji, is the most adorable and most famous of all the 48 waterfalls in Nikko area. It’s a unique place for enjoying what nature has to provide as it was formed when lava flows rerouted Daiya River. There is also a special lift that will take you to the basin area where you can witness the water ponder the ground with tremendous force.
- Name: Kegon Falls
- Address: Japan, 〒321-1661 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 中宮祠
- Height: 318′
- Number of drops: 1
- Phone: +81 288-54-2496
- Website: http://kegon.jp/
8. Kinugawa Onsen
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Kinugawa Onsen has an established historical background attached to it as it was discovered more than three centuries ago. At that particular time, only the daimyo samurai and monks paying a visit to Nikko had access to these eminent Onsen.
A resort spa, sprung out of the hot springs when the place was publicized in the 19th century. The gentle and soothing water have some remarkable advantages such as relieving nerve pains, getting rid of general tiredness and assisting in maintaining overall body nourishment and health. This is an excellent spot for sightseeing.
- Name: Kinugawa Onsen
- Address: 1404-1 Ohara, Nikko-city, Tochigi
- Phone: 0288-22-1525 （Nikko Tourist Association）
- Website: http://kinugawa-kawaji.com
9. Edo Wonderland Nikko Edumura
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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a Japanese historical theme park which used to pleasure the Japanese community during the Edo period in the sixteen hundred. When you visit this hospitable place, you will get a chance to experience what it feels like to be a fearless Samurai swordsmen, a legendary Edo police officer or a fierce ninja. The compound is so massive, covering an area of 495,000-metre sq . and it offers what we can refer to as fun beyond fun.
- Name: Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
- Address: 〒321-2524. Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko City
- Time: 9:00 -17:00
- Phone: 0288-77-1777
- Website: http://edowonderland.net/en/
10. Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival
This hallmark memory-creating festival of the spectacular Yushinigawa Onsen usually goes down from late January to the early days of the month of March. A diversity of snowmen crafted by natives of the land welcome visitors from all over the globe. As a matter of fact, this is an event for all; young and old. A barbecue or sleighing in the snow is what you will enjoy during the day. When night falls, tiny candlelit huts well lined by the river will make you feel like you are levitating in Mars.
- Name: Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival
- Address: 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko-city, Tochigi
- Phone: 0288-22-1525
- Opening hours: 09:00-21:00 (January 30 to March 6) (Subject to weather changes)
- Price: 1day:510yen 2days:710yen Night:200yen
- Website: http://www.nikko-kankou.org/
11. Tobu World Square
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This gorgeous site is an incredible theme park, packed with international monuments and historically significant landmarks. Tiny models of tourist attractions, landmarks, and beautiful designed international monuments are ever on display.
Various creatively crafted 1:25 scale man-made structures and models such like the Tokyo Railway Station and which are quite informative are also present on site. This is one of the places you need to add to your must-visit list.
- Name: Tobu World Square
- Address: Japan, 〒321-2593 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, 鬼怒川温泉大原209-1
- Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Phone: +81 288-77-1055
- Website: http://www.tobuws.co.jp/
12. Fujishiro Seiji Museum
If you are a big fan of history, this is certainly the best rendezvous for you. Rich in history and valuable treasures, Fujishiro Seiji Museum is ideally placed at the heart of Nikko City. The view is so miraculous, and anyone visiting this impressive museum tends to develop a habit of wanting to stick around even when the opening hours are over.
- Name: Fujishiro Seiji Museum
- Address: Japan, 〒325-0301 Tochigi Prefecture, Nasu District, 那須町湯本２０３
- Phone: +81 287-74-2581
- Website: http://fujishiro-seiji-museum.jp/
13. Nasu Garden Outlet
Well, you automatically can be hiking, visiting temples and shrines or enjoying the captivating mountain views without something to eat. And where exactly are you going to purchase your stuff? Oh, let me just spell it out for you; Nasu Garden Outlet.
Strategically positioned in Nikko city, this shopping outlet features sports and outdoor, fashion as well as lifestyle brands. Welcoming restaurants, awesome cafés and numerous food courts serving delicious cuisines are available when you need them. It was expanded back in 2012 and now features 148 stalls. What more do you need?
- Name: Nasu Garden Outlet
- Address: 184-7 Shionozaki, Nasu-Shiobara-city, Tochigi
- Hours: 10 AM -7 PM
- Price: Free
- Phone: +81 287-65-4999
- Website: http://www.nasu-gardenoutlet.com
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It’s the sacred bridge as it is widely known in the whole of Japan. What’s more deserving of decorating the entrance of the Popular Nikko Sanctuary than this prepossessing bridge? If you have any ideas, we all are eager to learn, but as it stands, Shinkyo is the definition of beauty in this pretty city of Tochigi prefecture. Some people even tend to say that the fee entrance is not worth this beautiful bridge due to its magnetizing color and deep history.
- Name: Shinkyo
- Also known as: Yamasugeno-jabashi
- Dimensions: 28 metres long, 7.4 metres wide
- Website: www.shinkyo.net/english/shinkyo.shtml
15. Tochigi Autumn Festival
This autumn festival is typically held every two years in the Tochigi prefecture. With an easy access from the developed Tokyo city, this side of the country basks in a series of life-giving activities like the impressive autumn leaf viewing.
If you are spending some time here, make sure you are more than ready when the events are about to kick off. Visitors can as well visit a remarkable exhibition pertaining the festival any time of the year at Dashi Kaikan, the ‘float museum’.
- Name: Tochigi Autumn Festival
- Address: Yorozu-cho, Tochigi-city, Tochigi
- Phone: 0282-25-2356
- Venue: Kura-no-Machi Ohdori
- Website: http://www.kuranomachi.jp/
Welcome to Tochigi once more.
Have a good trip and travel!