Tochigi Utamaro Festival

とちぎ歌麿まつり (栃木市)

Step back into history to when Tochigi was a thriving trade town and the famous Ukiyo-e artist, Kitagawa Utamaro worked here.


Due to Covid-19, there may be unexpected changes, so please check before traveling. (See bottom of this page for event organizer's contact details )


2022 : 15th -23rd October


*Dates and times updated 6th Oct (from official website)


Opening day (15th) starts from 13:30 with a special parade at 14:00 in the city center.

*Dates and times are based on 2018 event as 2020 event was canceled due to COVID.


Different exhibitions and workshops are available throughout. 

See here for official leaflet (Japanese): Front / Back

*All dates & activities are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen circumstances.



How to enjoy the Tochigi Utamaro Festival ?

Take photos

Experience Traditional Japan

Solo travelers

Fun for the family

Enjoy for 3-5 hours

🕛Time Travel to 👘Edo Period Japan:
Jump into the ✨World of Utamaro’s 🎨Ukiyo-e Art!

Have you ever heard of an 🎨Ukiyo-e artist named Utamaro? Ever wondered what Japan was like during the Edo period (about 200 years ago)? This is the ✨perfect event for those interested in Japanese 👘history and art!

The ✨”Utamaro Festival” recreates the world of Kitagawa Utamaro, a famous Edo period artist praised for his 👘 Ukiyo-e woodblock prints & 🎨paintings. There are small exhibitions and pop-up events during the festival for visitors to enjoy such as the 😍beautiful boat parade📸

What to do nearby Tochigi Utamaro Festival ?

Visit local museums

Walk around town

Enjoy festival food

See autum leafs at Mt. Ohira

Access (How to get to Tochigi Utamaro Festival )

From Tokyo


The center of Tochigi city. Pop-up events near City hall on the main street and around Uzumagawa river


Yorozucho, Tochigi-city, Tochigi Pref 

By Train

Tocigi Station (JR & Tobu Lines)

Take the Tobu Line (Tobu Nikko line / Tobu Utsunomiya Line) or JR Ryomo Line to Tochigi station.  Walk for about 15 minutes from the station down the main street to the center of town.

By Car

Approximately 15 minutes drive from the Tochigi IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

Contact Details (Event Organizer)

For information about this event please contact the Tochigi city Tourism department directly.

Tel: +81 0282-21-2374

Contact form (Tochigi city) : link


Event Website  (External Link – English)

Event Website  (External Link – Japanese)

Festival official page (External Link – Japanese)

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