Nakagawa Town, is a beautiful riverside town north of Tokyo, offering enchanting countryside experiences to visitors.
Visitors can uncover Nakagawa’s cultural treasures by exploring a local pottery craft called Koisago-yaki. They can also visit museums such as Bato Hiroshige for Ukiyo-e, MOB Museum of Alternative-Art, and Ehon no Oka. Nakagawa town is also home to Nakagawa Aquatic Park, enjoyed by families with children, which includes an Amazon Aquarium tunnel.
Foodies can enjoy Ayu fish, Soba noodles, and Kakigori in the summer and sample local sake from the Shiraso Sake Brewery. Accommodation includes Iizuka-tei, a luxurious 200-year-old Japanese house, and Bato Onsen Kyo, which offers a traditional Onsen village experience.
Just a short 2.5-hour journey from Tokyo, the easiest way to visit is by taking a bus from JR Ujiie station (Take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Utsunomiya station and take Utsunomiya line to get to JR Ujiie Station).
Visit and embrace Nakagawa’s culture, art, nature, and gastronomy, allowing its essence to paint lasting memories.
From Tokyo to Nakagawa Town center
The main dish in Nakagawa is Ayu fish (sweetfish/鮎) and Soba noodles as well as Kakigori (Shaved Ice with toppings/かき氷) to enjoy in the summer. Also make sure to try the local sake from Shiraso Sake Brewery.
There are a few western restaurants in Nakatgawa Town which specializes in Italian food, Omlet on rice, and hand-made ice cream.
Ayu fish (鮎), also called sweetfish is Nakagawa Town speciality. The area around Nakagawa Town catches more wild caught Ayu than anywhere else in Japan.
There are not many western style hotels in Nakagawa Town except for Iizuka-tei a 200 year old Japanese house which was renovated into a luxurious hotel. It was selected as one of the ‘Sustainable Travel Experiences in JAPAN’ by JNTO and is popular with overseas guests.
In Nakagawa Town there is a cosy Onsen village called Bato Onsen Kyo (馬頭温泉郷) where a few Japanese Ryokans (traditional inns) with onsen (Hot spring) can be found.
There are also a few Camping grounds.
Discover Japan at Iizukatei, a 200-year-old cultural property turned hotel. Relax in the well-preserved beautiful architecture and spacious rooms. Rooms are well-equipped with ample amenities, a full bathtub, cooking facilities, and in larger rooms, a washer-dryer convenient for extended stays. Meet locals, savor seasonal dishes, and appreciate Japanese countryside experiences.
Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.