I put together this travel guide of Northern Tochigi Prefecture with attention on those that enjoy art and the outdoors.
This travel guide of Northern Tochigi Prefecture is aimed towards the casual traveller of any age, preferably with access to a car.
¥2,000 – ¥3,000 per person
At Ugan-Ji temple, you will immediately notice how peaceful and relaxing the area is. The eye-catching red bridge is perfect for viewing the river and take photos. Surrounded by mountains, it is undoubtedly a place to admire nature. In the summer, there is an assortment of flowers, and in the fall, you can see the leaves change color. This place also has historical importance as it was built in the Heian Era and the famous Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, visited it.
Nakagawa Bato Hiroshige Museum displays a private collection of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige. It seems small at first, but I found myself looking around for almost an hour. In addition to art, there is a display and explanation of the tools used to create a woodblock print. The building, designed by Kuma Kengo, is visually interesting and is surrounded by bamboo. There are a small shop and restaurant. You can enjoy this museum rain or shine! Admission is only 500 yen.
Nasushio-bara Kuroiso Mad Perros Pizza
A visit to Mad Perros Pizza shop temporarily brought me back to the US. The walls are decorated with cute and fun graffiti-esque wall art that is hard to take your eyes off! They sell pizza by the slice, which is hard to come by in Japan. You can also order a whole pizza to eat-in or take-out. In addition to the classic cheese or pepperoni pizza, they also offer pizza with various toppings like chili beans or jalapeño, to name a few.
Nasushio-bara Kuroiso 1988 Cafe Shozo
This two-story cafe doubles as a shop that sells locally made goods and a cafe with a good ambiance. I enjoyed their black tea chiffon cake and their blend of hot coffee. It was a nice place to take a break and have a chat with my friend. They sell some lovely handmade products downstairs, ranging from food and coffee to reusable bags and tumblers. I grabbed a few of their scones and jam before leaving!
Local writer: Melissa B
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