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ASHIKAGA CITY

Highlights of Ashikaga City

Located about two hours north of Tokyo, Ashikaga city is most famous for the stunning Ashikaga Flower park that boasts beautiful seasonal displays and award-winning special winter illumination.

Other attractions and activities include the Bannaji Temple (built in the 12th century), kimono renting,  wine tasting, and indigo dyeing where you can make your own souvenir.

Ashikaga is the birthplace of the Ashikaga clan, a shogun family in the Muromachi Period from 1336 until 1573. These quiet, stone-paved streets hold a lot of history including Ashikaga Gakko, which is said to be the oldest school in Japan.

While you’re in the area, we suggest trying the local soba that is special because flavouring is added directly to the soba dough. If you prefer to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, why not dine at Coco Farm and Winery where you can either sit down at the restaurant for a meal or simply enjoy a wine tasting on their scenic veranda.

Access

From Tokyo

Airports

Main Stations

Things to DO

Ashikaga Flower Park

Purple wisteria

Famous for their wisteria and winter illuminations, Ashikaga flower park is beautiful to walk around at all times of year. Their 8 seasonal flower displays are ever changing and with lots to see you could easily spend a few hours here enjoying the flowers and taking lots of photos.

Museums

Visit Ashikaga Orimono Densyokan textile museum where you can try your hand at making your own small textiles. Or visit Kurita Museum which displays the finest and largest collections of Imari and Nabeshima porcelain in the world.

Shrines and Temples

Bannaji temple

Ashikaga has historic shrines and temples to visit including the Zen Buddhist Temple, Bannaji, which is one of the best preserved temples in Japan and Orihime shrine which overlooks Ashikaga from the top of Mt Orihime.

Coco Farm and Winery

Tasting terrace of coco farm winery in Ashikaga city

This local vineyard produces high-quality wine which you can enjoy in their restaurant, tasting room or you can purchase wine from their shop to take home with you.

Indigo dyeing

Create your own indigo-dyed souvenir using this ancient Japanese technique. Instructors are available to help in both Japanese and English.

For more details and info for how to book see AIROZA INDIGO below.

Ashikaga Gakkō

Ashikaga Gakko in Ashikaga city

This National Historic site is known as the oldest university in Japan. Many of the wooden buildings were restored in the 1990’s including the former student living quarters, classrooms, and the library.

Kimono Experience

Ashikaga-meisen, a material used for Kimono is made in Ashikaga city.

See here to find out how to enjoy a Kimono Experience here in Ashikaga.

 

Strawberry picking

Right next to Ashikaga flower park is Ashikaga Agri-land, where you can enjoy strawberry picking from late December to May. With Tochigi being well known for their strawberries, it’s a great local activity.

Airoza Indigo

At Airoza, you can try your hands at dyeing a scarf Japanese with indigo, a 100% natural dye made by fermenting indigo plants.

You can create a unique pattern by tying the scarf and dye it yourself using environmentally-friendly materials.

This experience takes place in a traditional Japanese house, within a beautiful green landscape!

Special Ashikaga city Travel Guide

We’ve created a special online guide about Ashikaga City to help overseas visitors explore Ashikaga. 

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Places to EAT

Japanese Food

The local speciality of Ashikaga is Jyagaimo iri Yakisoba (Potato Yakisoba), Sauce Katsudon (Deep-Fried Breaded Pork Bowl with Worcestershire-Based Sauce), and soba. Ashikaga has many restaurants to choose from.

Western Food

Ashikaga offers a wide range of food, from refined steak houses to local food trucks. If you plan to visit Ashikaga’s Coco Farm Winery, we recommend having lunch at their nice western-style restaurant.

Enjoy Wisteria inspired sweets

The giant purple wisteria of Ashikaga flower park has inspired many local businesses to create Wisteria-themed sweets (and some skin care products). Check out Ashikaga flower park or local souvenir shops to find them.

COENA Cafe

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

Places to STAY

Hotel (Budget style)

There are many western-style budget hotels in Ashikaga. Here area a few.


WAKASA HOTEL
This comfortable and clean hotel is about 2 km away from Orihime Shrine. 24 hour check in and bicycle rental available.


R9 THE YARD ASHIKAGA

This is a brand new hotel and each room is a single container that offers a lot of privacy.

 

Holiday rental (Airbnb)

There are a few nice holiday homes and airbnbs available in the area.

Want prices?

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

Hotel Sunroute Tochigi

Type: Western Style Business Hotel

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

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Guest House Kuranomachi

Type: Guesthouse

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

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Morino Garden

Type: Holiday rental

Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station

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Day trips from Ashikaga City

Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.

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Useful links for Ashikaga City

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!

Ashikaga City in the Media

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