Every November, a small winery in the foothills of Ashikaga opens up its gates and its vineyards to thousands of visitors who come to celebrate the harvest by drinking, eating, and being merry on a beautiful hillside.
The Nasu District, in north-western Tochigi, promises one of the earliest views of kouyou in Japan, with the season starting in mid September and lasting about a month.
Beginning in the eighth century, miners realised that the stone found in Oya Town was light, easy to work, and retained heat well yet was fireproof. Thus, they began mining in earnest, giving the area around the town a distinctive look to its architecture.
Mashiko is a well-known yet relatively unexposed jewel in the wilds of Tochigi Prefecture. The town dates back to the nineteenth century and is famous for its earthenware folk pottery called Mashikoyaki. Located approximately 140 km northwest of Tokyo, it is an ideal day trip from the big city.
The Ashikaga Flower Park is one of the most famous parks of its kind in the world. It was selected by CNN as one of the top nine international dream destinations in 2014, and for good reason, as it has something remarkably alluring to offer for each of Japan’s four seasons.
The astounding beauty of Shiroyama Park and its simple access for travelers are two of many reasons for a visit. Located in Sano, home of Japan’s most famous Ramen, Shiroyama Park is literally connected to the south exit of Sano station. The park is a very popular spot to view the Cherry Blossoms, but you’ll find enjoyment here all year round.
Utsunomiya City, 100 km north of Tokyo, has long been known as the home of Japanese gyoza. Restaurants, yattai stalls, and izakaya specializing in gyoza permeate the city. There’s even a large, family friendly, ‘gyoza park’ just outside the East entrance to Utsunomiya station housing several large, brightly lit beer halls.