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TOCHIGI CITY

Highlights of Tochigi City

In the Edo period (1603 to 1868), Tochigi city (栃木市) prospered from its location on the Uzumagawa River, which connected it with the capital, Edo (now Tokyo). At that time, envoys from the Tokugawa shogunate (feudal government of that time in Edo, now Tokyo) would travel through Tochigi via the Reiheishi-way to pay a visit to Shrines and Temples of Nikkō. Tochigi soon became a popular merchant town and successful traders went on to support world-famous artists such as Kitagawa Utamaro who went on to influence western artists of the 19th century such as Vincent van Gogh.

As the city escaped war damage during World War II, many of the historical temples, traditional shops and traditional storehouses remain for visitors to enjoy.

Tochigi city is also home to Mt. Ohira (大平山) know for its Hydrangea & Sakura festivals, as well as Watarase Yusuichi ( a retarding basin) protected under the Ramsar convention.

Access

From Tokyo

  • 1h 10min from by train. (Tobu Line)
  • 1h 30min drive by car

Airports

  • 2h from Haneda Int. Airport (Bus)
  • 2h 10min from Narita Itn. Airport (Bus)
  • 1h 20min from Ibaraki Airport (Car)

Main Stations

  • Tochigi Sta. (JR & TobuRailway)
  • Shin-Tochigi Sta. (Tobu Railway)
  • Ohirashita Sta. (JR Railway)
  • Iwafune Sta. (JR Railway)

Things to DO

Try an EDO Experience

As Tochigi was once a prospering Edo merchant town, it offers activities & experiences where visitors can experience traditional Japanese culture. Such as Wagashi making, Kimoto rental, Boat ride down the canal, traditional Incense making etc.

Go Fruit Picking

This region is known for its grapes and as well as its wide variety of fruits grown throughout the year. There are many farms open to the public where visitors can pay to pick fresh fruit.

Learn about Ukiyo-e

As mentioned above, Tochigi is home to world-famous ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro. 

There are several museums in the center of the city where you can see ukiyo-e paintings from that era. 

Relax in the best coffee shops

The younger generation of the town have started a trend of opening artisan coffee shops around the city using unused old buildings. New coffee shops are popping up all the time, so make sure to look out for some unique cafes when walking around!

Hike Mt. Ohira

20min drive from the city center is Mt. Ohira (341m). You can hike to the top using the may of its hiking trails. The best time to visit is Spring  (Mt. Ohira’s Sakura cherry blossom), June (Mt. Ohira’s Hydrangea Festival) & Autumn to see the colourful autumn leaves.

Visit Watarase Yusuichi

Watarase Yusuichi (Watarase retarding basin) is a heart shaped  basin where visitors can spot with many wild birds and nature protected by Ramsar Convention

If you like thrilling activities, why not sign-up for a skydiving session from 4,000m above the basin! (The highest point of skydiving in Japan!)

Tonoike Sake Brewery

Established more than 80 years ago, Tonoike Sake Brewery is a traditional Sake brewery popular with overseas visitors.
(Open 365 days)

Yoshimura Straberry Park

One of the most popular strawberry picking locations in Japan. Popular with overseas visitors and suitable for children.
(Dec-early May)

Tochigi city Travel Guide

Discover Mashiko Website

We’ve created a special online guide about Tochigi City to help overseas visitors explore Tochigi. Click the image to discover more!

Places to EAT

Japanese Food

There are many Japanese restaurants. You can find Kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner), Soba, Okonomiyaki,  Izakaya style Japanese restaurants and more.

Western Food

For lunch, why not stop by the trendy artisan coffee shops spread around Tochigi city. There is also a very popular Nepalese restaurant with tasty curry dishes as well as many European & themed restaurants.

Enjoy a Edo inspired meal

Tochigi is home to Tochigi Edoryori, which is a style of dishes that are inspired by ingredients and dishes popular in the city during the Edo period when Tochigi was a prosperous merchant city. (Photos of the restaurants/dishes)

COENA Cafe

A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.

Places to STAY

Ryokan (Japanese style)

There are a few traditional Japanese Ryokans.

Hotel

There are several western style business hotels.

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Tochigi city  available at Booking.com here.

Guesthouse

There is a popular guesthouse in the center of the city. As well as bunkbeds there are some Japanese tatami rooms suitable for a group of 2-3people on a budget. 

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Tochigi city  available at Booking.com here.

Holiday rental (Airbnb)

There are several Airbnbs.

Want prices?

Find the full list of airbnb’s available at aribnb here.

Hotel Sunroute Tochigi

Type: Western Style Business Hotel

Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochig Station. (located in city center)

Booking.com

Guest House Kuranomachi

Type: Guesthouse

Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochigi station. (located by the river in city center)

Booking.com

Morino Garden

Type: Holiday rental

Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station

Booking.com
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Useful links for Tochigi City

Washington Post
(about Utamaro)
Japan Times
(about Utamaro)

Tochigi City Travel Guide

We’ve created a special online guide about Mashiko to help overseas visitors explore Mashiko. Click the image to discover more!

Tochigi city Photo Gallery

We’ve created a Mashiko Photo gallery to help overseas visitors and travel companies see what Mashiko has to offer. Click the image to discover more!

Tochigi City by Nick Harrison

We’ve created a special online guide about Mashiko to help overseas visitors explore Mashiko. Click the image to discover more!

Tochigi City by Nick Harrison

We’ve created a Mashiko Photo gallery to help overseas visitors and travel companies see what Mashiko has to offer. Click the image to discover more!

Tochigi City in the Media

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