This local travel guide of Tochigi City is for those who want a little adventure and to get a real look at what you can see and do in the city year-round.
¥3,000 – ¥5,000 per person
After viewing the architecture and wildlife, it’s time to treat yourself! Saboh Kuraya is a local coffee shop along the river. I recommend paring your beverage with some of the sweeter things on the menu, such as the parfait. Seating is available outside with a view of the river. Perfect for people-watching. Always a place I would meet up with my friends.
After enjoying the city, it’s time for a taste of the countryside. A short 5 Km ride west are the ruins of a 16th-century Japanese castle. When arriving, take the small trail up the hillside behind the Minagawa community center. This castle had a fascinating and unique design. Built with concentric baileys up the mountainside and offset gates would force any attackers to zigzag back and forth up the hillside. As a student of history, this was one of my favorite lesser-known parts of Tochigi city.
Local writer: William Boehm
Originally from Houston, Texas, in the US, William moved to Japan in 2010. He lived in the Dai-Cho Neighborhood of Tochigi city and worked as a JHS English Teacher for several years. William enjoys competitive weightlifting, brewing beer, and traveling when able. When he is not working, he enjoys gaming with friends, reading, and planting the next season’s crops in his garden.
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