Oyama city, 35min north of Tokyo (by Shinkansen) is home to Yuki Tusumugi Silk weaving tradition (UNESCO intangible cultural heritage) and Watarase-yusuichi Retarding Basin (listed as a Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance).
Many visitors come to Oyama to watch the huge summer firework displays during Oyama Summer Festa and to watch the Jyagamaita Festival (Japanese Heritage) in the spring. Other popular activities are Strawberry picking, learning about Yuki Tsumugi silk and Sake brewery tours. Find out more in the ‘Things to do in Oyama‘ section.
Oyama station is also where you change to go to Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi city, Mashiko Town, Mito and is on the way to Utsunomiya and Nikko (UNESCO world heritage site), so why not stop over at Oyama and visit the Oyama Honba Yuki Tsumugi Craft Museum just outside Oyama station where you can try traditional silk weaving?
Oyama city is also where you can experience in the highest sky diving in Japan (over Watarase-yusuichi)!
Oyama is most famous for Yuki silk which is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Oyama Honba Yuki Tsumugi Craft Museum just outside the station offers Silk weaving and Kimono experiences for visitors (Read our blog).
Oyama city has one of the largest firework displays near Tokyo with over 20,000 fireworks. Held every year during the Oyama Summer Festival. Visitors on the day can enjoy festive attractions, many food stalls and Entertainment.
Oyama is home to a few traditional sake breweries. Nishibori sake brewery (Nishibori Shuzo) is a sake brewery 10 min drive from Oyama station which has unique sake making methods such as the only transparent sake tank in Japan, and a sake where they use a blend of ancient rice.
Shiroyama park near JR Oyama station (10 min walk) has 2,000 sakura trees and is a nice place to enjoy Sakura during from the end of March to mid April.
Oyama is home to Ichigo no sato farm a popular strawberry farm which is a short drive from JR Oyama station.
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, you can sign-up for a skydiving session from 4,000m above the basin! (The highest point of skydiving in Japan!)
Mamada no Jagamaita festival is a famous festival where towns people make many large dragons and take it in turns to take them. into the local pond
We’ve created a special online guide about Tochigi City to help overseas visitors explore Tochigi. Click the image to discover more!
There are many Japanese restaurants in Oyama city. Near Oyama station you can find many places to eat that are open until late.
There are many Western-style restaurants in Oyama city. Near Oyama station you can find many places to eat that are open until late.
A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.
There are several western style business hotels near Oyama station.
There are a few traditional Japanese Ryokans.
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.
There are several Airbnbs.
Find the full list of airbnb’s available at aribnb here.
Type: Western Style Business Hotel
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochig Station. (located in city center)
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochigi station. (located by the river in city center)
Type: Holiday rental
Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station
Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.