Tochigi

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Introduction

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.


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The capital of Tochigi Prefecture, and better known as Japan's leader in gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) consumption, Utsunomiya boasts over 200 restaurants dedicated solely to the dish. Located roughly 100 km north of Tokyo.
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The city was well known for its textile industry, but in recent years the focus has turned towards aluminium, metal machining and plastic engineering. Ashikaga is also home to Japan's oldest school (Ashikaga Gakko) and largest wisteria garden (Ashikaga Flower Park).
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Mooka city produces over 9,000 tons of strawberries annually, but also has sizable exports of melons, pears, grapes and rice. Traditionally, Mooka was known for cotton production and this is still featured throughout the city, especially on the steam locomotive train service (SL Mooka Line). The ...
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"Never say 'kekko' until you've seen Nikko," kekko meaning satisfied, magnificent or beautiful. Nikko is home to the Nikko National Park and home to the mausoleums​ of the Tokugawa shoguns. The 1,000 samurai parade is held every May 18th and Oct. 17th to commemorate the 1617 enshrinement. Nikko i...
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This city is known for its Sano ramen, the soup is a light soy sauce and meat broth, but the real attraction are the noodles. Most shops feature a glassed-in area where you can see the dough being pounded in a traditional style with a bamboo pole and cut by hand. Sano is also home to a large outl...
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Oyama is known as the "City of Good Luck" (Kaiun no machi) as the Suga Shrine, which is over 1,000 years old, is believed to bring good fortune and luck to those who pray at it. The shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu himself paid his respects before a decisive battle and won, winning control of Japan in the ...
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Formerly the capital of Tochigi prefecture, Tochigi city was a rich commercial center during the Edo period. The Uzuma river flows through the city and was a major contributor to its success. One of the few left intact after WW2, and as a result, you'll see many traditional buildings and museums ...
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The Nasu area including Nasuhiobara, the area around Mount Nasudake, and Shiobara Onsen area is centered around an active volcano in the northernmost corner of Tochigi Prefecture. These forested areas are home to several hot springs including Nasu Onsen and in addition to hot springs, Nasushiob...

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