Tochigi Prefecture


Tochigi is internationally renowned for its many historic buildings and shrines, ceramics fairs, art galleries and abundant rivers.

Situated in the center of Honshu (Japan's main island), Tochigi is surrounded by mountains to the east, west and north, while the Kanto Plain spreads out to the south. Tochigi contains the Nasu and Nikko volcanic clusters which feature numerous onsen resorts scattered in and around them.

Nikko, which is located in the western part of the prefecture, is home to many historic buildings, including the Toshogu Shrine, Rinno-ji Temple, and the Futarasan Shrine. Known collectively as the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, these historic structures have been registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites, and their splendor has fascinated countless visitors.

Utsunomiya, situated in the middle of the prefecture, is the center of local administration and economy. To its southeast is Mashiko, a town well known as a producer of ceramics that comes alive each spring and fall when large numbers of visitors arrive to attend its ceramics fairs.

The northern part of Tochigi is home to the Nasu and Shiobara onsen resorts, the latter which is known for the breathtaking beauty of the ravine created by the Hoki River and its tributary, the Kanomata River. The Nasu Kogen highlands feature destinations such as the Rindo-ko Lake View, the Nasu Teddy Bear Museum and other museum.

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