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Experience Edo in TOCHIGI

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Plan a trip to Tochigi

Enjoy EDO-Style Expereinces

Start by making Japanese sweets, then rent a Kimono for the day and let your volunteer guide point out the hidden gems of Tochigi. Don’t forget to blend your own incense and learn how to make Ed-style confectionary and Matcha.

Visit Edo-Period Museums

While in Tochigi city, visit Dashikaikan a museum displaying decorative antique floats, and Yokoyama Folk Museum which is a traditional Japanese house once used as a bank. Also check out Abuden Miso, a miso factory with more than a hundred year old history.

Enjoy EDO-Style Festivals

Tochigi Float Festival is a popular traditional Edo-style festival held every two years in November with beautifully decorated floats and taiko drummers.

Utamaro Festival will also take you back in time celebrating Kitagawa Utamaro.

Relax in Edo-style Cafes

Enjoy a relaxing coffee break in one of Tochigi city’s time-honored buildings. Each cafe is unique and has delicious desserts!

Learn about UTAMARO, Japan's leading Ukiyo-e artist

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) was one of the artists who caught Van Gogh’s attention and went on to become one of the most famous Ukiyo-e artists in Japan.

Edo-Style Experiences in Tochigi

Selection of popular pottery experiences in Tochigi city

Kanahan Ryokan

Cook Edo-style confectionary and matcha class

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Cook Edo-style confectionary and matcha class

Visit Kanahan, a historical inn in the center of Tochigi to learn how to make Edo-style confectionary and matcha.

Speak English

NO

Times

Thursdays and Saturdays from 3pm to 3:40pm

Price

2,740 yen

RAN TO TSUKI

Japanese Incense Blending Experience

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Japanese Incense Blending Experience

Visit RAN TO TSUKI to blend your very own special Japanese incense.

Speak English

NO

Times

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am & 3:30pm

Price

1,530 yen

Lydie tells a small lie

Make your own earrings with Vintage Kimono fabric

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Make your own earrings with Vintage Kimono fabric

Why not make a ‘one of a kind’ souvenir from Japan with vintage kimono fabric.

Speak English

Yes

Times

Workshops from 1:00pm & 4:00pm

*Closed on Mondays

Price

4,060 yen

Gondola boat ride

Take a Gondola boat ride down the river

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Take a Gondola boat ride down the river

For a relaxed afternoon let a local boatsman take you up and down the river and sing traditional songs.

Speak English

No

Times

March to Nov : 10:00-15:50
Dec-Feb : 10:00-14:50

Price

Adult : 1,000 yen
Children: 700 yen 

Yamamoto Sohonten

Japanese Wagashi Making

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Japanese Wagashi Making

Experience Japanese culture through Wagashi making at Yamamoto Sohonten.

Speak English

No

Times

Please ask

Price

Please ask

Please contact Yamamoto Sohonten for Wagashi Making Experiences (Website, Google Map)

Kimono no tokoro Ichikawa

Japanese Kimono Experience

Japanese Kimono Experience

There are a couple of Kimono rental experiences in Tochigi city. Please contact the Tourism office for details.

Speak English

Yes / No

Please ask if you need English assistance.

Times

Please ask

Price

From 3,000 yen

Please contact the Tochigi Tochigi City Tourist Association (Website, Google Map)

Tochigi Volunteer Guides

Let a guide show you around Tochigi city

How to Book

Let a guide show you around Tochigi city

Find out more about the Edo heritage and traditions of the city through a friendly volunteer guide.

Speak English

No

Times

9:00-16:00

*Guide time is 1-2 hours upon request.

Price

Free
*Minimum 10people (max 30)
Please contact the Tochigi Sightseeing Volunteer Guide through this webpage at least 2 weeks in advance.

Gondola boat ride

Take a Gondola boat ride down the river

Google Map

Take a Gondola boat ride down the river

For a relaxed afternoon let a local boatsman take you up and down the river and sing traditional songs.

Speak English

No

Times

March to Nov : 10:00-15:50
Dec-Feb : 10:00-14:50

Price

Adult : 1,000 yen
Children: 700 yen 

Yamamoto Sohonten

Japanese Wagashi Making

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Japanese Wagashi Making

Experience Japanese culture through Wagashi making at Yamamoto Sohonten.

Speak English

No

Times

Please ask

Price

Please ask

Please contact Yamamoto Sohonten for Wagashi Making Experiences (Website, Google Map)

Must Visit Edo themed Museums​

Selection of museums and galleries in Tochigi city

Visit a Edo period merchants house and Edo period bank.

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Yokoyama Folk Museum

Yokoyama Folk Museum is a mueseum which was a bank and Hemp wholesaler in the Edo period. You can see many things from that period and walk around it’s nice Japanese garden.

English Material

YES

Times

9:00-16:30

Closed on Mondays (Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday)

Price

Adults (over 15 years old) 300yen

Free for children under 15 years old.

See the Edo- period decorative festival floats.

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Dashikaikan

Dashikaikan is a museum which holds the DASHI (traditional Edo-style) festival floats. Visit this museum to learn about the local festival that started in 1874.

English Material

YES

Times

9:00-16:30

Closed on Mondays (Tuesday when Monday is a national holiday)

Price

Adults (over 15 years old) 500yen

Free for children under 15 years old.

Have a look at Tochigi's Ukiyo-e art collection.

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Tochigi Utamaro Museum

A small ukiyo-e museum tucked away on the main street. Staff are helpful and welcoming.

English Material

NO

Times

9:00-17:00

Price

FREE

Where to stay?

Selection of museums and galleries in Mashiko

Tochigi Grand Hotel

Offering western style bedrooms and traditional tatami style rooms with a ensuite onsen.

Tochigi Grand Hotel

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Furuki Guesthouse in Mashiko

Hotel Sunroute Tochigi

No frills budget guesthouse in a traditional Japanese house. Popular with potters and backpackers.

Hotel Sunroute Tochigi

Book Here

Holiday Home

Are you looking for an airbnb or a holiday home to rent with your friends and family?

Morino Garden

Book Here

Travel Assistance

Hagiwara Kanko

Established in 1978, Hagiwara Kanko is a highly reputable local travel company offering original bus tours in the Tochigi area as well as tailor-made tours from Tokyo and international airports. (Wheelchair access busses are available)

Tochigi City Tourist Association

Tochigi City Tourist Association is located in the center of Tochigi city on the main road 10 mins walk from Tochigi station. Drop by and ask for local recommendations.

Local volunteer guides

The local volunteer guides offer walking tours in Tochigi in Japanese. (Why not book a tour if you have someone who speaks Japanese in your group)? 

Enjoy Edo-Style Festivals

Enjoy Edo-style Festivals

Tochigi Utamaro Festival
とちぎ歌麿祭り

Held yearly this festival takes you back to when Tochigi was a thriving trade town and Kitagawa Utamaro the famous ukiyo-e artist is said to have worked here.

Dates

Mid October to Early November

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Tochigi Float Festival
とちぎ秋まつり

This biannual festival is by far the best traditional festival in Tochigi city. Watch as the exquisitely carved floats decorated in gold and silver parade up and down the main street ot Tochigi city.

Dates

Mid November (every other month)

More information

Getting around Tochigi City

Tochigi is easy to get around

Walking

Most Edo period buildings and attractions including the Uzuma river are walking distance from city center. There are also many hiking trails near Mt. Ohira.

Bicycle

Visit Tochigi City Tourist Association where you can hire a bike for 400 yen a day.

Taxi

There are many taxi companies in Tochig city. Taxi’s are easy to find in front of Tochigi station or a call away from where you are staying.

Car Hire

There are several companies in Tochigi city that offer car hire.

Local Train

There are Direct Express trains (Tobu Line) that connect Tochigi station and Asakusa station in Tokyo. If you have a JR pass, you can take the JR Ryomo line to Oyama station and change for the Tohoku Shinkansen (Bullet train) to Tokyo.

Local Bus

Tochigi city has 12 local bus lines with a price of 200 yen per adult. (or a one-day pass for 400 yen). This includes bus routes to nearby Mt. Ohira.

Events in Tochigi City

  • All
  • 01 | JAN
  • 02 | FEB
  • 03 | MAR
  • 10 | OCT
  • 11 | NOV
  • 12 | DEC
  • ACTIVE
  • Ashikaga
  • Chichibu
  • Chichibu Area
  • EVENT
  • FESTIVE
  • HISTORY & CULTURE
  • History & Cultural Museum
  • Ibaraki Pref
  • Mashiko
  • Mito
  • Mito Area
  • NATURE
  • Nikko Area
  • Onsen - Hot spring
  • PLACES
  • SEASONAL-BEAUTY
  • Saitama Pref
  • TRADITIONAL
  • Tochigi Pref
  • Tochigi-Ashikaga Area
  • UNIQUE-EXPERENCE
  • Utsunomiya Area
  • World Heritage (UNESCO)
  • Yunishigawa
  • in Tochigi Pref

How to get to Tochigi City

By Train

From Tokyo via Tobu Nikko Line  (Tobu Line)

From Tokyo, the easiest way is to take the Tobu Line (Express train) from Asakkusa Station to Tochigi Station.

Check out the ‘Japan Transit Planner’ for train times to Tochigi City

Approx. 70 min

From Tokyo via JR Line

To use the JR Line, take the Tohoku Shinkansen (Bullet train) from Tokyo or Ueno Station to Oyama Station and change to the JR Ryomo Line and get off at Tochigi Station.

Check out the ‘Japan Transit Planner’ for train times to Tochigi City

Approx. 70 min

From the Airport

From Narita Airport

Hire a car and take the Expressway to Tochigi Interchange.
(10 min drive from Tochigi IC)

Approx. 2h 20min

From Haneda Airport

Take the Train to JR Tochigi Station. 

Approx. 2 hours

From Ibaraki Airport

Hire a car and take the Expressway to Tochigi Interchange.

(10 min drive from Tochigi IC)


Approx. 90 min

 

Maps and Guides of Tochigi City

English Guides

Tochigi City Travel Brochure

Discover Tochigi City Brochure

Contact

Tochigi City Tourist Association
Phone: +81 (0)282-25-2356
Fax: +81 (0)282-20-7373
Email: info@----

Location:
14-1 Yamatocho, Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture 328-0037
〒328-0037 栃木県栃木市倭町14-1

Open Times:

MON-FRI 08:30 – 17:15
SAT 08:30 – 17:00
SUN 08:30 – 17:15
*Please check for Bank Holidays

We look forward to seeing you in Tochigi

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