Exploring Oya Town

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.

Ashikaga Gakko

Located just two hours by train from Tokyo, the small and unassuming town of Ashikaga in southern Tochigi prefecture is home to Japan’s first academic institution. Ashikaga Gakko, or Ashikaga School, lies in the heart of Ashikaga.

Ashikaga Flower Park

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.

Shiroyama Park in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture

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.

Green Dumplings at Gyoza Heaven

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.

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