Enjoy the History of Ashikaga and Tochigi - Day Trip

Enjoy the History of Ashikaga and Tochigi - Day Trip

Wear a kimono, ride a traditional boat and make Japanese confectionary…A voracious plan to savor the atmosphere of Japan with a day trip from Tokyo 

  • START Asakusa Station
  • 75 mins by train

    15 mins on foot

    Kimono Dressing Experience in Ashikaga

    Dress up in an antique Kimono and travel back in time to the early 1900s!
    The silk textile known as “Ashikaga Meisen” was popular for contemporary colours and innovative patterns in the early 1900s. In the 1920s, the city of Ashikaga was its largest producer in Japan. Dress up in an “Ashikaga Meisen” Kimono at the Ashikaga Machinaka Yugakukan and ramble through the stone-paved streets of the historic town. You can even enjoy coordinating Kimonos with modern accessories such as boots and hats in the local style. Come and have a unique and memorable experience!
    Address 2673-1 Tori 1 Chome Ashikaga-shi
    Telephone Number 0284-41-8201
    Website http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/ashikaga-kankou/yugakukan.html
    Business Hours Open 9am – 1pm
    Days Closed for Business Closed on the third Monday of the month (except public holidays, in which case the Yugakukan is closed the next working day) and New Year holidays
    Price “Ashikaga Meisen” Kimono rental fee: from 3,000 yen
    DirectionsA 10-minute walk from JR Ashikaga station or 15-minute walk from Ashikaga-shi station on the Tobu Railway
  • 2 mins on foot
    Shiseki Ashikaga Gakko

    The site of Ashikaga School

    A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan
    It is said that over 3,000 students studied at the school during the disturbances of the 10-year civil war (Onin War) starting in the 15th century. Praising the results, the Roman Catholic missionary, Saint Francis Xavier introduced Ashikaga to the world as the largest and most famous university of Japan. Today buildings have been restored, and visitors can view classrooms in their original historic form and join a program reading The Analects of Confucius on Sundays.
    Address 2338 Shohei-cho, Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0284-41-2655
    Website http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/ashikagagakko/
    Business Hours 09:00-16:30 (April to September)
    09:00-16:00 (October to March)
    Days Closed for Business the third Mondays (except Bank Holidays, in which case closed the next working day), December29 to December 31
    Price Adult 420yen, Student (over-16s) 210yen, Child (under-15s) Free
    Date a program “Reading The Analects of Confucius aloud” held on Sundays (April to July, September to November)
    “Sekiten” the school’s traditional festival held in November
    DirectionsBy rail or bus: 5-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga station on the JR Ryomo line, or 15-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga-shi station on the Tobu Isezaki line
    By car: approx.10-minute drive from Ashikaga IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway or approx.12-minute drive from Otakiryu IC
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    Ashikaga is full of famous foods! You can savor local tastes that are easy to enjoy (e.g., fried noodles with potato, 'Ashikaga shumai' made with onion and starch powder, and pork cutlet on rice with sauce).
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  • 30 mins by train

    15 mins on foot
    Kura-no-Machi Yuransen

    A traditional Japanese gondola ride

    Take a nostalgic boat trip beside the traditional storehouses lining the Uzuma River in just 20 minutes!
    Address 2-6 Yamato-cho Tochigi(waiting area at the boat pier)
    Telephone Number 0282-23-2003 (Kura-no-Machi Yuransen)
    Website http://k-yuransen.com/
    Business Hours Open 10am – 4pm (March to November)
    11am – 3pm (December to February)
    Days Closed for Business Open every day except New Year holidays
    Boat rides are subject to cancellation due to bad weather conditions.
    Price Adults and Children over 12 years old 700 yen
    Children (6-11 years old) 500 yen
    One child (under 3) can go free with each adult
    DirectionsA 10-minute walk from JR Tochigi station or Tochigi station on the Tobu Nikko line
  • 3 mins on foot
    Wagashi Zukuri Taiken (Yamamoto Sohonten)

    Wagashi-making Experience at Yamamoto Sohonten

    Enjoy making sweet and tasty little works of art!
    Tochigi city is famous for its many Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shops, and Yamamoto Sohonten is the perfect place to try your hand at making your own Wagashi. The friendly Wagashi master gives you detailed instructions on making various pieces of Wagashi to celebrate the coming seasons. Enjoy these traditional seasonal delights!
    Address 7-13 Yamato-cho Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0282-22-4700
    Website http://yamamotokashi.jp/index.html
    Business Hours Open 9am – 7pm (9am – 6pm on Mondays)
    Days Closed for Business Wagashi shop : Closed on Tuesdays and New Year's Day
    Wagashi-making : Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and New Year's Day
    Price Charges for Wagashi-making experience: 2 pieces of Wagashi 1,500 yen
    DirectionsA 10-minute walk from Tochigi station on the JR Ryomo line or Tobu Nikko line
  • 15 mins on foot

    70 mins by train
    GOAL Asakusa Station

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