Visit TOCHIGI – A quick getaway from Tokyo
Tochigi Prefecture is very easy to get to, as it is situated just 1-2 hours away from Tokyo.
Nikko, with its World Heritage sites, is a famous destination, but it’s by no means Tochigi Prefecture’s only attraction.
In winter you can enjoy magical snowy landscapes and some of Japan’s best hot springs, and in springtime there are colorful flowers of many varieties, including the internationally famous hanging wisteria, that come into bloom. It’s also a great idea to tour the historical sites that remain in each part of the prefecture.
Refresh your tired body and spirit by taking a short trip from the big city to Tochigi, where time passes slowly.
This flower garden creates a full sense of the season with a wide range of plants and trees. The highlight of the park is the massive Japanese wisteria trellises in bloom from late April to mid-May. You will be totally stunned by four large wisteria vines and the 80-metre tunnel of white wisterias, designated as a prefectural natural treasure. In the evening, the illuminated wisterias bring dream-like scenes. The park also draws large crowds of families and couples during the fall and winter months, when the “Garden of illuminated flowers” event, one of the top three annual light up events in Tokyo, is held. The garden welcomes over a million tourists throughout the year.
Tochigi is Japan's largest producer of strawberries. The prefecture has the perfect environment for fresh and sweet strawberries, blessed with abundant sunshine, clear spring water, fertile land, and an inland climate with a large difference between high and low temperatures. Strawberry picking is a popular leisure activity in strawberry farms across the prefecture. Starting with "Tochiotome", the nation's superstar brand of strawberry, come and sample some of the many varieties available, some of which are only grown in the prefecture. "Skyberry", the brand-new premium variety created as a successor of "Tochiotome", is increasingly popular.The perfect sweet-and-sour flavors and amazingly large fruit are utterly delicious!
Yunishigawa Onsen features the winter tradition of “Kamakura” (snow huts). The festival is held from late January to early March each year. A variety of snowmen handmade by local residents of all ages welcome visitors with a warm greeting. During the day, you can enjoy sleighing or a barbeque in the snow huts (by reservation only). In the evening, rows of small huts along the river are candlelit, turning the place into a magical wonderland.
This is a cherry blossom festival held from late March to early April every year. Various events are held in places around Mooka during this period. You can admire the cherry blossoms with cherry blossom viewing dumplings in one hand, or appreciate the cherry trees colorfully lit up in the evening to have a fun night of blossom viewing.
Enjoy spring in Mooka when the city is immersed with the color of cherry blossoms from ten thousand cherry trees.
The old mining site of Utsunomiya’s specialty, Oya Stone, has now been turned into a historical museum. The exhibition features the long history of mining since the 17th century, with many documents regarding mining, transportation, and technology evolution on display. The underground cavern, covering 20,000 square meters, is large enough to fit a baseball field. With a fantastic atmosphere reminding visitors of the ruins of Ancient Rome, the cavern is widely utilized as a location for shooting movies and music videos, as a concert hall, theatre, Noh theatre, and for business functions and wedding receptions.
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