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Introduction to Highly Photographable Spots in Tochigi

Introduction to Highly Photographable Spots in Tochigi

In the end, it is "appearance" that is most important in Instagram. We want to post even more wonderful and even more attractive photographs - whether they be of scenery or food. This is a feature on "Instagrammable" spots. Search for places to enrich your page on Instagram!

Ashikaga Flower Park

Lose yourself in a movie-like worldat a "dream destination in the world"
Ashikaga Flower Park

You can enjoy Ashikaga Flower Park throughout the year because seasonal flowers bloom inside the park. The large wisteria trellis that is best seen in Spring is especially beautiful and popular. The "wisteria at night" that is lit up to create a magical atmosphere is well worth seeing.

The park has been praised as unfolding into scenery like that of the "Tree of Souls" in the movie Avatar directed by James Cameron. It was the only place in Japan chosen by CNN as one of the "top 10 dream destinations in the world" in 2014.

The 80-m long white wisteria tunnel is also a highlight.

Ashikaga Flower Park
Address 607 Hasama-cho, Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-91-4939
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Ichikai-machi Shibazakura Park

Carpet of moss phlox that extends out in a 360 degree panorama
Ichikai-machi Shibazakura Park

Boasting a size that makes it one of the largest on the main island of Japan of Honshu, this is a beautiful park where pink moss phlox cover the ground every year from mid-April to May. The patchwork view overseen from the viewing platform is a highlight!

Approximately 250,000 moss phlox are planted in an area of 24,000 m2 out of the total 80,000 m2 area of the site.

Ichikai-machi Shibazakura Park
Address 614-1 Miage, Ichikai-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0285-68-1118
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Mooka Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms

A superb spot where you can see a steam locomotive, cherry blossoms and rape blossoms at once!
Mooka Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms

The "Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossom and Rape Blossom Highway" is located approximately 1 km from Kitamooka Station to Mooka Risu-mura Fureai-no Sato to the east. In the cherry blossom season, you can see a steam locomotive running through cherry blossoms in full bloom and rape blossoms.

The steam locomotive operates one round-tip service a day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Please take care, because the steam locomotive does not stop at Kitamooka Station.

Passage Through Times of the Steam Locomotive: Mooka Railway
Departure from Mooka Station at 11:13 a.m. → Kitamooka Station (passage through) → Departure from Nishidai Station at 11:25 a.m.
Departure from Nishidai Station at 3:11 p.m. → Kitamooka Station (passage though) → Departure from Mooka Station at 3:28 p.m.

Mooka Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossoms and Rape Blossoms
Address Aramachi, Mooka-city, Tochigi (Mooka Railway)
Telephone Number 0285-82-2012 (Mooka City Tourist Association)
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Ichigo-no Sato

Fun just to look at! Numerous sweets made with fresh fruit
Ichigo-no Sato

This is a popular tourist farm for picking completely ripe Tochiotome strawberries from December to May. You can also have fun picking various other fruits (e.g. cherries, grapes and blueberries) depending on the season.

There are also many souvenirs available, such as jams and sweets made with fresh fruit. Seasonal events are also held here. These include cake classes and jam making experiences.

This facility has also been jointly established with a Western confectionary workshop, cafe and buffet restaurant. It is popular with families and groups.

Ichigo-no Sato
Address 408 Okawashima, Oyama-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0285-33-1070
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Kakigori Made with Nikko Natural Ice

Soft ice that melts gently in your mouth!
Kakigori Made with Nikko Natural Ice

This is ice made naturally in the cold of midwinter. There were once many natural ice shops all over Japan when there were no refrigerators. However, only five of them remain today. Three of these can be found in Nikko.

Every day in the coldest period of midwinter, snow on top of the ice is removed and it is made into thick ice little by little with much time and effort. The abundant ice made by freely whittling down this precious natural ice is refreshing and gently melts with a hint of sweetness when you eat light and simple kakigori (shaved ice) made with Nikko natural ice.

Kakigori Made with Nikko Natural Ice
Address Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-22-1525 (Nikko City Tourist Association)

Nasuben

Local production for local consumption lunch plate packed tight with local deliciousness
Nasuben

Nasu is famous as a highland resort area. Nasuben, which is served in restaurants in the town, is a lunch plate made with plenty of local ingredients from Nasu.

This cuisine features nine dishes served in nine vessels made with nine ingredients connected with the nine-tailed kitsune (fox spirit) legend passed down since ancient times. This cuisine is characterized by plates made by hand with yamizo cedar from Nasu. You can fully enjoy the blessings of Nasu with this cuisine! It is also fun to compare the menu of each restaurant with photographs!

Nasuben
Address Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0287-76-2619 (Nasu Town Tourist Association)

Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall

Beauty and power interwoven by nature
Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall

Lake Chuzenji was given its original form by the lava from an eruption of Mt. Nantai damming it up about 20,000 years ago. It once bustled with foreigners as a summer resort because of its mild climate with a circumference of approximately 25 kilometers and a depth of 163 meters at its greatest. The tranquil lake share that extends out to the foot of Mt. Nantai enjoys a difference appearance depending on the season. However, the azaleas in summer and the colored leaves in the fall are especially magnificent. We also recommend you enjoy the scenery from on the water by taking a pleasure cruise.

The area around Nikko is dotted with 48 waterfalls. The most famous of these is Kegon Waterfall. This is a grand waterfall with water from Lake Chuzenji falling down the 97-meter steep cliff in one go. You can enjoy both the magnificence created by nature and a splendid form of beauty. You can take in different views in each season. You can see stunning fresh green leaves in May, many Asian house martins fly around the waterfall in June, and the entire waterfall is colored in blue ice because thin cascades called "Jyu-ni Taki (Twelve Falls)" freeze from January to February.

Lake Chuzenji
Kegon Waterfall
Address Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-22-1525 (Nikko City Tourist Association)
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Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Magical mini-kamakura emerge in the candlelight
Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

You can enjoy kamakura (snow huts) and illumination displays centered on the main venue of Heike-no Sato at the traditional winter Kamakura Festival in Yunishigawa Onsen.

The mini-kamakura that emerge in the candlelight are especially popular. The magical brightness has a beauty that you will reflexively make you want to capture it in a photograph.

In addition, there are venues where you can enjoy stews or barbecues in the kamakura and sleigh rides on long snow slides, so you can have fun both during the day and at night.

Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival
Address 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-22-1525 (Nikko City Tourist Association)
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Wakayama Nojo

Wrapped in the silence of a bamboo thicket
Wakayama Nojo

This is a facility where a vast bamboo thicket extends out that allows you to pick bamboo shoots in the season. This bamboo thicket that seems to continue out in all directions attracts people with its mysterious charms. The babbling of the stream creates a pleasant and healing space.

Wakayama Nojo
Address 2018 Takaragi-Honcho, Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 028-665-1417
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Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Reflexively forget about time with the beauty of elaborate sculptures
Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Nikko Toshogu Shrine is the most famous of the leading Japanese World Heritage "Shrines and Temples of Nikko." The grounds of this shrine are lined with 55 buildings, including eight buildings listed as national treasures and 34 buildings listed as important cultural assets. The luxurious and gorgeous beauty of these is a highlight. The buildings were applied with lacquer and rich colors by skilled artisans who gathered from all over the country. The pillars and other objects are adorned with numerous sculptures.

The "Three Wise Monkeys" and the "Sleeping Cat" are famous, but you will also definitely want to photograph Yomeimon (Main Gate). This gate is decorated with gorgeous and elaborate sculptures. This gives it a beauty that will reflexively fascinate you throughout the day. Therefore, it is also called "Higurashimon (From Sunrise to Sunset Gate)."

Nikko Toshogu Shrine
Address 2301 Sannai, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-54-0560
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Ashikaga Orihime Shrine

Vermillion painted shrine built among green trees
Ashikaga Orihime Shrine

Ashikaga Orihime Shrine, which has been listed as a national tangible cultural property, enshrines the god of industrial promotion and the god of marriage. The vermillion painted shrine built among the green trees is brilliant and photogenic.

The grounds of the shrine are located on the mountainside and command a view of the Ashikaga city area and Watarase River. You can even see as far as Tokyo Skytree on a sunny day. This serves as the arrival/departure point of a hiking trail, so you can also enjoy a stroll while taking in the seasonal views.

It is also popular as a date spot.

Ashikaga Orihime Shrine
Address 3889 Nishinomiya-cho. Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-22-0313
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Osaki Ebisu Shrine

Enshrines a large Ebisu
Osaki Ebisu Shrine

Osaki Ebisu Shrine enshrines Ebisu - the god of economic fortune and prosperous business. This is famous as a shrine to profit by winning the lottery.

First, the main shrine is wrapped in a majestic atmosphere. Continuing on, you will come to the largest Ebisu in Japan at a height of 20 m. You will be surprised by the size of it! He holds a koi carp in his left hand.

Osaki Ebisu Shrine
Address 943 Higashigo. Mooka-city, Tochigi 
Telephone Number 0285-84-2200
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Nikko Edo Wonderland

You might meet samurai by taking a trip through time
Nikko Edo Wonderland

Nikko Edo Wonderland is a cultural park that allows you to experience the culture of the Edo period that lasted over approximately 200 years from the beginning of the 17th century to the latter half of the 19th century in Japan.

The vast grounds feature a reproduction of a townscape just like the real thing, including highways, relay stations, a merchant quarters, a ninja village, samurai residences and more. You can even change your clothes to completely turn into a person from those times.

The richly varied Edo culture will give color to the memories of your trip. For example, there is a theater where you can watch plays, an exhibition hall where you can learn about history and culture, and meals you can only taste here.

Nikko Edo Wonderland
Address 470-2 Karakura, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-77-1777
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Nasu Trick Art Museum

Take interesting photographs with mysterious and fun "experiential art!"
Nasu Trick Art Museum

Look, touch and take photographs - this is a mysterious and fun experiential art museum.

You will find many works here that use human optical illusions. These include paintings that look to be solid even though they are flat, artworks that give a completely different impression depending on the angle at which they are viewed and pieces that allow you to experience an optical illusion by entering inside them.

Take some interesting photographs and then show them to everyone!

Nasu Trick Art Museum
Address 5760 Takakuko, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0287-62-8388
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Omocha-no-Machi Bandai Museum

Meet a full-size Gundam! Enjoy learning about the history of toys!
Omocha-no-Machi Bandai Museum

Many carefully selected toys from Japan and overseas - from the 17th century to the present day - are exhibited in this museum.

In addition, there are also exhibits of valuable articles, such as a collection of the inventions of Edison or the 1919 British-made "Pendle Princess" steam car. You can learn about the history of toys while having fun.

A full-size RX-78 Gundam bust (approx. 5.6 m) has been set up in the entrance.

Omocha-no-Machi Bandai Museum
Address 3-6-20 Omocha-no-machi, Mibu-machi, Shimotsuga-gun, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0282-86-2310
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Tobu World Square

Feel like you have taken a trip around the world with elaborately reproduced buildings!
Tobu World Square

This is a theme park which elaborately reproduces and exhibits historic sites (e.g. the Sphinx, the Great Wall of China and the Parthenon) and other buildings (e.g. the Sagrada Familia and the White House) in a scale of 1/25.

The sculptures, reliefs and stained glass that decorate the buildings are truly works of craftsmanship. The plants that bloom as though coloring the buildings change the appearance depending on the season to entertain visitors.

You can take especially exquisite photographs near the photo spot signboards in the park, so don't miss those signboards! You can enjoy taking interesting trick shots as though you are lifting up or holding up the buildings.

Tobu World Square
Address 209-1 Ohara, Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0288-77-1055
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New Ginger Museum

Attraction facility full of playfulness in Tochigi where a traditional townscape remains
New Ginger Museum

This is a museum that allows you to experience the "happiness found in shinshoga (young ginger pickled in sweet vinegar)" through various exhibits, play equipment, experiences and foods related to the shinshoga of Iwashita.

The museum features various attractions that can be enjoyed by families, friends, lovers and everyone else in the gentle pink that is the theme color of the shinshoga of Iwashita.

New Ginger Museum
Address 1-25 Hon-cho, Tochigi-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0282-20-5533
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Ashikaga Armor and Helmet Wearing Experience

You too can transform into a samurai by wearing armor and a helmet!
Ashikaga Armor and Helmet Wearing Experience

You can change into armor and helmet in the Ashikaga Machinaka Yugakukan and then explore the stone paved streets in the neighborhood.

Why don't you take a stroll in armor and a helmet in the stone paving of the historical site of Ashikaga School and the area around the national treasure of Banna Temple?

Please make sure to enjoy the feeling of being a samurai.

Ashikaga Armor and Helmet Wearing Experience
Address 2673-1 Tori 1-chome, Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-41-8201
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