Only about 1 hour from Tokyo (by a car or a train) You can stop over on the way to NIKKO.
Tochigi City, which prospered as a key spot for trading has many storehouses built during the Edo period and Meiji period, houses of western style built during the Taisho period. It’s just a city standing since the old days. It is great fun walking in Tochigi City.
Let’s start by strolling on an avenue and a path.
・Yakisoba with stir-fried potato
・Chinese Noodle (Yugao Ramen)
Course: (Tochigi station~)
Times for visiting is a rough estimate.
Coose your course according to your time for visiting.
Utamaro Kitagawa was an ukiyo-e painter in the mid-Edo period. Recently three pictures painted by Utamaro himself―Female Darma, Zhong-kui, and The Three Sumo-wrestling Gods of Good Fortune―were found in an old family in the city of Tochigi. In the Edo period Tochigi was a prosperous commercial city. People used the Uzuma River that flows through the city center in order to go to Edo(as Tokyo was known at the time). Envoys, using the Reiheishi Road every year, who were sent all the way from the Imperial Court in Kyoto down to Nikko Toshogu Shrine stayed at the lodging area in the city. Having a close connection with Edo, Tochigi came to be civilized and the art of kyoka or a sort of tanka flourished in the town. Kyoka is a comical and satirical Japanese poem containing five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7 syllables, respectively. Utamaro also known as Fudeno Ayamaru in poetic circles was on friendly terms with the businesspeople that had extensive dealings in Tochigi. It is said that Utamaro’s large pictures―Fukagawa in the Snow, Shinagawa in the Moonlight, and Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara―were painted at the request of Tochigi’s wealthy merchant Zen-no family.
14-1 Yamato-cho Tochigi City Tochigi Pref.
tel. 0282-25-2356 / fax.0282-20-7373