Light rain falls from the sky above the shrine and bridge, and suddenly my surroundings are enveloped by fog. The bright autumn foliage appears gloomier as everything gradually lose its visibility. But on other days the lake surface sparkles under the golden sunlight, and the sound of the waterfall is so soothing that it makes you want to stay as long as possible.
September 23, 2017
This guide will cover going up the ridge path and down the slope back to the city with a distance of about 15km and an elevation gain of about 1100m. This is also the path I took for a one-day trip.
September 16, 2017
Although Sano city might not have a lot to offer in terms of excitement like Tokyo or culture like Nikko, there are still some great events here that manage to bring people together from all over the Kanto area.
August 15, 2017
A long row of monks and a hidden gorge in central Nikko that’s well worth a visit.
July 22, 2017
Every January, cities and towns all over Japan host Hatsu Ichi festivals.
January 1, 2017
The summer may be the best time to hike in the area and the autumn may be its' most famed time for viewing, but winter in Oku-Nikko has a special feel to it – and the total lack of tourists makes that even better.
December 12, 2016
Of all the things one might reasonably expect to find in downtown Utsunomiya, urban heart of Tochigi Prefecture, an old world style cafe dedicated to all things Beatles has to be far down the list.
July 13, 2016
Religion is a cultural form of beliefs and practices to maintain a custom that started from the aged era. Japan, as well as the people, highly honors the ancient practices and culture. Japanese people are open to embracing other types of religions in the world. One of the oldest churches I have found was the Matsugamine Church in Utsunomiya City.
April 26, 2016
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.
November 6, 2015
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.
September 16, 2015
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.
July 16, 2015
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.
June 11, 2015