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
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.
June 3, 2015
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.
May 24, 2015
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.
April 29, 2015
Unlike some of the other tourist hotspots in the Kanto region, Nikko also draws large numbers of Japanese visitors every year. Its positioning, just 1hour north of Tokyo by Shinkansen makes it the perfect spot for a weekend retreat for those looking to escape the big city life for a short time. Indeed the combination of relaxing onsens, beautiful nature and historic sites really does make the perfect tonic to the often chaotic hustle and bustle of daily life in Tokyo.
April 16, 2015