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Tochigi is famed for its onsen (hot springs), ski resorts and large natural parks. Approximately 21% of the prefecture is designated as parks. Its capital, Utsunomiya, is famous for gyoza (fried dumplings) and the most per capita consumption of dumplings in Japan. Located one hour away from Tokyo, most Tokyoites prefer to get out of the city and relax in the natural beauty of Tochigi.
A Visit to Nikko National Park is a wonderful day trip away from Tokyo for nature lovers. The Nikko Tosho-gu is the main shrine in the Nikko National Park. As the resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of the Edo era, the sacred site houses over a dozen elaborately decorated buildings.
While Nikko National Park looks beautiful regardless of the season you visit it in, the best time to visit it is by far during Autumn when the area is surrounded by red, yellow, and orange leaves.
It takes two days to see the natural beauty and the major cultural heritage sites in the Nikko area. Spend a day exploring the grounds of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, then visit Kegon Waterfull and Chuzenji Lake on the seoncd day.
Tochigi Prefecture is relatively close to the Tokyo metropolitan area. It only takes two hours from Shinjuku to get to Nikko, the number one tourist destination in Tochigi, and it takes even less time from Tokyo Station.
Utsunomiya, the capital city of Tochigi, is most famous for its gyoza and boasts over 200 gyoza restaurants. The city of Sano also prides itself as being the home of ramen, so be sure to pay a visit!