Tochigi, known for its World Heritage Site of Nikko, is packed with charming sightseeing spots that you don't want to miss on your trip to Japan. These include strawberry picking, wearing a kimono, a sake brewery tour, and experiencing traditional Japanese crafts and more. Tochigi is easily accessible from Tokyo by train and bus, so make sure to come here for a special experience!
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Enjoy six varieties including Skyberry, Tochiotome, Benihoppe, Akihime, Kaorino, and Moikko. The greenhouses have aisle spaces to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.
Here you can pick strawberries at the Kita-Kanto Expressway Mibu PA (Mibu Highway Park) without getting off the expressway. Nearby you'll find a toy museum and kids park for enough activities to spend an entire day.
At this farm you can enjoy picking Tochiotome strawberries, the specialty of Tochigi, the strawberry kingdom. These berries are large, juicy, and have the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
Enjoy a variety of seasonal fruit picking activitiies year-round, including strawberries, apples, pears, chestnuts, etc. After picking some fruit, you can also enjoy a dessert made from your harvest if you like. (10 persons or more) You can also enjoy hot springs and shopping inside the roadside station.
Enjoy a pleasure cruise of about 20 minutes down the Uzuma River on a small, old-fashioned craft called a "Tsugabune" while you gaze on the traditional storehouses signifying the vestiges of an Edo period merchant town. The songs and simple way of talking of the boatman lend an air of culture to the journey.
This kimono rental shop is just about a ten minute walk from the World Heritage Site area. There are a variety of kimonos for both women and men, and accessories that the staff will coordinate with your outfit. Visitors can leave their car in the parking lot while strolling through the town.
Change into a suit of samurai armor at the Ashikaga Information and Communication Space and stroll through the cobblestoned historic town visiting the Ashikaga Gakko, Banna-ji Temple, which is a national treasure, etc. Experience a trip back in time while dressed in the distinguished garb of a warrior.
This brewery has continued to craft dry Japanese sake using safe organic ingredients and traditional methods. Tours of the brewery show visitors the care that goes into their equipment, tools of the trade, and techniques. You can taste and purchase sake at the adjacent shop.
In this mountain village in Nasukarasuyama, washi Japanese paper is made using time-honored methods. Visitors can view the workshop as paper is made and try making paper themselves. The Karasuyama Washi Kaikan located in the city has washi on display and for sale.
Hikoma Washi is strong, and difficult to crease, which is why it is used in sliding paper doors, etc. Visitors to the Hikoma Washi Kaikan can try a hands-on paper making, and view and purchase the Hikoma washi products such as bookmarks and postcards on display and for sale.
Established in 1704, this old store sells traditional Kanuma brooms and daily necessities. Visitors can make a small, cute Good Luck Mini Broom on the second floor. This item is perfect for light cleaning or as a decoration.
Magatama beads are a special type of stone ornamentation made by the ancient Japanese, and thought to signify a badge of honor or as granting protecting. Try a safe, easy Magatama bead making activity while experiencing the culture of the ancient people of Japan.
This museum has a collection of nearly 4,500 pieces, including the original paintings and woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige, calligraphy of Tokutomi Soho, and other crafts. The building itself was designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, and worthy of a look in its own right.
This roadside station is relaxing for its retro, simple Japanese architecture. It has a large bathing facility with an open-air bath and spa house where swimsuits are allowed, all in the same building. You'll also find a foot bath where you can casually enjoy the Three Major Japanese Skin Beautifying Springs.
Authentic Yuki silk goods are traditional woven silk items made all by hand, requiring over 20 different steps to craft. Here you can purchase items made from scrap pieces and thread. There is a wide variety of items including handwoven yarn and hair decorations, shawls, etc. On the first Monday of each month, a thread spinning and weaving demonstration are presented.
This shop sells cozy Mashiko ware items and Japanese sundries. There are many items that are easy to use and reasonably priced. The food in the adjacent café is served on Mashiko ware dishes.
Inside the building, visitors can view and board a Class 9600 steam locomotive and old passenger cars, while the outside features a rare Class D51 steam locomotive on display. Items ordered in the café can be enjoyed in the SuHaFu 4425 car. Steam locomotive goods are also available for sale.
Guernsey cows are raised here, of which there are only about 200 in all of Japan. Their milk is rich with a refreshing aftertaste. Visitors can make ice cream from freshly harvested milk.
Because there is no current in this reservoir, even novices can enjoy canoeing. Simply put a life jacket on over your regular clothes to enjoy a casual canoe ride. The clean air and occasional creeping mist over the surface of the lake make for a dreamlike atmosphere.
This equestrian club hosts the Mibu Jumping Horse Show, which showcases techniques where horses jump over hurdles. Easy to follow lessons are available from beginner to advanced riders in dressage and hurdle jumping techniques accordingly.