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Tochigi prefecture


Tochigi prefecture is located in the northern part of the Kanto region and has a population of about 1.95 million. It is an inland prefecture that does not have an overseas flight at the boundary. The tourism industry is thriving in the Nikko / Kinugawa area and the Nasu / Shiobara area. A famous hot spring with an old history from the Asuka era and the Nara era.


Tochigi prefecture is located about two or two and a half hours by car from Tokyo.

5 MUST-SEE spots

World heritage “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”

“Nikko Shrines and Temples” was registered as a World Heritage Site at the 23rd World Heritage Committee held in Marrakech, Morocco on December 2, 1999.

The contents of “Nikko Shrines and Temples” registered as a world heritage are “Buildings” of 103 buildings (9 national treasures, 94 important cultural properties) of Nikko Toshogu, Nikko Sanrokuoji, and Nikko Futarasan Shrine in Nikko Mountain. And the “ruins (cultural landscape)” that surrounds these buildings.

World Heritage Name: Shrines and Temples of Nikko
Location: Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Scope of registered heritage: Two shrines and one temple (Nikko Toshogu, Nikko Sanrokuoji, Nikko Futarasan Shrine) and the ruins surrounding these buildings, including nine national treasures and 94 important cultural properties. Includes 103 buildings.


Address Sannai, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
Business hours / holidays [Visit hours]
■ Nikko Toshogu
April-October / 9: 00-17: 00
November-March / 8: 00-16: 00

  • Registration will end 30 minutes before the gate closes for each period.

■ Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple
April-October / 8: 00-17: 00
November-March / 8: 00-16: 00

  • Registration will end 30 minutes before the gate closes for each period.

■ Nikko Futarasan Shrine
April-October / 8: 00-17: 00
November-March / 9: 00-16: 00

  • Registration will end 30 minutes before the gate closes for each period.

[Closed days] Open every day
■ Nikko Toshogu
Adults / high school students 1,300 yen Elementary / junior high school students 450 yen
Group fee (35 people or more)
Adults / high school students 1,170 yen Elementary / junior high school students 405 yen

  • The amount of teachers led by elementary and junior high school students will be the same as that of students.

■ Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple (Three Buddha Hall Admission Ticket)
Adults 400 yen Elementary and junior high school students 200 yen
Group fee (35 people or more)
Adults 360 yen, elementary and junior high school students 180 yen

■ Nikko Futarasan Shrine
Admission fee: 300 yen (Headquarters Shinen entrance fee)
Access by train or bus: From JR Nikko Nikko Station / Tobu Nikko Tobu Nikko Station, take the Tobu Bus bound for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen for about 7 minutes, and get off at “Nishisando” and walk for about 7 minutes.
Access by car: About 5 minutes from Nikko Utsunomiya Road Nikko IC
Remarks: Nikko Toshogu TEL 0288-54-0560, Nikkosan Rinnoji Temple TEL 0288-54-0531, Nikko Futarasan Shrine TEL 0288-54-0535

Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji, located at the entrance of Oku-Nikko, has a circumference of about 25 kilometers and a maximum depth of 163 meters. .. Due to the mild climate, it was a popular summer resort for foreigners from the Meiji era to the early Showa era. You can enjoy the expressions of the four seasons on the idyllic lakeside at the foot of Mt. Nantai, but the azaleas in early summer and the autumn leaves are especially spectacular. It is also recommended to take a pleasure boat and enjoy the scenery from the water. During the autumn leaves season, there is also a “Autumn Leaves Around” course. (The photo uses the “Nikko Photo Contest Winning Works”.) Lake Chuzenji has been selected as one of the 100 most scenic spots in Japan. (Tachiki Kannon) and Chuzenji Onsen are popular tourist spots throughout the year.


Address: 〒321-1661 Chugushi, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture
TEL: 0288-54-2496 (Nikko City Tourism Association Nikko Branch)
Access by train or bus: From JR Nikko Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Tobu Nikko Station, take the Tobu Bus bound for Chuzenji Onsen or Yumoto Onsen and get off at Chuzenji Onsen, and walk for about 5 minutes.
Remarks: Row of cherry blossom trees / Early May to mid-May

Mashiko Autumn Pottery Market [Mashiko City]

The annual “Mashiko Autumn Pottery Market” will be held from October 31st (Sat) to November 4th (Wednesday) in various parts of Mashiko Town, centering on the Jonaizaka and Saido districts.
The pottery market started in 1966 (Showa 41), and along with the spring pottery market, it is the largest event in Mashiko Town and is crowded with many people every year.
In addition to about 50 stores, about 500 tents are lined up, selling everything from traditional Mashiko ware to daily necessities such as cups and plates, and fine arts. At the tents, you can enjoy direct conversation with ceramic artists and potters. can do.
In addition, local agricultural products and special products are also sold.


Address: 〒321-4217 Various places in Mashiko Town, Haga District, Tochigi Prefecture (center of Shirouchizaka, Sayado district)
TEL: 0285-70-1120 (Mashiko Town Tourism Association)
Official URL: http://www.mashiko-kankou.org/ceramics_bazaar/index.shtml
Access by train or bus: [Train] Approximately 20 minutes on foot from Mashiko Station on the Moka Railway
[Bus] From JR Utsunomiya Station, take the Kanto Bus bound for Mashiko for about 60 minutes and get off at “Mashiko Reference Center”, “Sayadokami”, “Tougei Messe Entrance”, or “Jonaizaka”.
[High-speed bus] From Akihabara station, take the high-speed bus Kanto Yakimono Liner and get off at “Tougei Messe Iriguchi” for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Access by car: About 20 minutes from Sakuragawa Chikusei IC on the Kita Kanto Expressway
About 25 minutes from the Moka IC on the Kita Kanto Expressway
Parking fee: Charged and free of charge.
Holding period: [Cancelled] October 30th (Sat) -November 3rd (Wednesday), 2021
Holding time: 9:00 to 17:00 (depending on each store)
Venue name: Various places in Mashiko town centering on Jonaizaka and Saido districts

Nasu Ropeway

Follow the main street of Nasu Kogen, Nasu Kaido, pass Sesshoseki, and climb the Volcano Highway (former Nasu Kogen Toll Road) to reach Nasu Ropeway Sanroku Station. It takes about 4 minutes from here to the 9th station of Mt. Chausu. Below you can see the magnificent view of the Volcano Highway (formerly Nasukogen Toll Road) and Nasuno. It takes about 50 minutes on foot from the summit station to the summit of Mt. Chausu. If the weather is good, you can see Mt. Bandai, Nikko Mountain Range, Kanto Plain, Mt. Tsukuba, etc. from the top, and you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama.

■ The best time to see the autumn leaves on the Nasu plateau (approximate)
Mt. Chausu: Late September to early October
Maigahira: Late September to early October
Asahidake: Late September to early October
Near Nasu Ropeway: Early to mid-October
Komadome Waterfall: Mid-October
Nasu Koshi Road: Mid-October
Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge: Mid-October
Sesshoseki: Mid-late October
Around Yumoto Onsen (Nasu Onsenkyo): Mid-late October


Address: 215 Nasu-dake, Oaza Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi Prefecture 325-0301
TEL: 0287-76-2449
Official URL: https://www.nasu-ropeway.jp/
Business hours / holidays: Usually 8: 30 ~ 16: 30
Closed in winter (* Varies depending on the season.)
Adults (junior high school students and above) round trip 1,800 yen, one way 950 yen, children (3 years old to elementary school students) round trip 900 yen, one way 480 yen
Access by train or bus: From the West Exit of Nasu Shiobara Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen, take the Higashino Bus bound for Nasu Ropeway and get off at the end point.
From the West Exit of Kuroiso Station on the JR Utsunomiya Line, take the Higashino Bus bound for Nasu Ropeway and get off at the end point.
Access by car: About 30 minutes from Nasu IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Number of cars that can be parked Large cars: 17, medium-sized cars: 3, ordinary cars: about 163 (including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd parking totals, 6 light cars)
Parking fee: Free in principle

Edo Wonderland “Nikko Edomura”

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura has been operating irregularly during September in view of the spread of the new coronavirus infection, but from October 1st (Friday) to normal business days and hours. We will do business.
After resuming business, we will continue to implement “infection prevention measures (external link)”, so we ask for the understanding and cooperation of all visitors.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura is a cultural park where you can experience the culture of the Edo period.
On the vast site, the streets, post stations, commercial districts, ninja villages, samurai residences, and other real-life townscapes are reproduced, and you can experience the breath of Edo through contact with the Edo people and hands-on events. In addition, you can change your clothes and become an Edo person.
Seven theaters where you can see plays such as the powerful ninja show and Wakamatsuya where you can see the gorgeous oiran, an exhibition hall where you can learn about history and culture, and meals that can only be enjoyed here are just like Hyakka Ryoran. “EDO” will color the memories of your trip.
On June 12, 2016, a new facility “Edo Lifestyle and Culture Tradition Museum-Modern Edo-tech Museum” opened. Many beautiful and easy-to-use daily necessities of skilled craftsmen, which have been passed down since the Edo period, are still active in everyday life.
The “Edo Lifestyle and Culture Tradition Hall” introduces “Edo spirits” and “inheritance of techniques” in a corridor format along with masterpieces of craftsmen.


Address: 470-2 Karakura, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture 321-2524
TEL: 0288-77-1777 (Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura)
Official URL: http://www.edowonderland.net
Business Hours / Holidays: [Business Hours] Summer (March 20th to November 30th) 9: 00-17: 00
Winter season (December 1st to March 19th) 9: 30-16: 00
Regular holidays: Every Wednesday (open on public holidays)Closed from 1/16 to 1/31 due to facility maintenance.
Fee: Adults (junior high school students and above) 4,800 yen, Children (elementary school students) 2,500 yen
Free for preschoolers, silver fee (65 years old and over) 3,360 yen
Access by train or bus: From “Kinugawa Onsen Station” on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line, take the Edomura Line bus for about 20 minutes (end point)
Access by car: From the Nikko Utsunomiya Toll Road Imaichi IC, take National Highway 121 toward Kinugawa for about 15 minutes.
2,000 cars can be parked
Parking fee: 800 yen for passenger cars, 400 yen for motorcycles