-KURANOMACHI- Tochigi City

Access to tochigi city

Only about 1 hour from Tokyo (by a car or a train) You can stop over on the way to NIKKO.

KURANOMACHI The town where many Japanese traditional storehouses remain Since the Edo period, Tochigi, a city of wholesales dealers, has been called the trading spot in the northern Kanto.
Tochigi, where Reiheishi were going through, was also a passage for lords from Western Japan traveling to Nikko. In this way Tochigi has prospered.
There is a trail of Reiheishi Road on the avenue and Kaemoncho Street. There are black-walled warehouses on either side of the streets. The street takes you back to the old days.

Tochigi City One Day Citizen Passport
Tochigi City Wi-Fi
Tochigi City Wi-Fi

Sightseeing Guide

Sightseeing Guide

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)
・Japanese Cuisine
・Western Dish

Tochigi City Walks Map

Tochigi City Walks Map

Course: (Tochigi station~)
Times for visiting is a rough estimate.
Coose your course according to your time for visiting.

Utamaro drew some original drawing at Tochigi City

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.