Sightseeing Guide

What to See

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Northern Area

okada
RestaurantRestaurant

1. Okada Memorial Hall (Tel. 0282-22-0001)

25min walk from Tochigi Station / 15min walk from The First Parking Lot

The Okada is a family of pedigree that has more than 550 years of history. In the old days, every three years Samurai Hatakeyama lodged here on his way to Nikko. In the land covering an area of 13 thousand㎡, there are warehouses displaying the Okada family’s distinguished treasures.
Open: 9:30~17:00
Closed: Friday
(If it is a national holiday, it is opened.)

Reiheishi Road

2. Reiheishi Road

25min walk from Tochigi Station / 15min walk from The First Parking Lot

In 1617 the casket of Tokugawa Ieyasu was transferred from Mt. Kuno to Mt. Nikko. Since 1646, the Reiheishi, envoys from the imperial court came from Kyoto to Nikko for religious ceremonies held in Nikko. The road which they used to pass through was called Reiheishi Road.
There is a trail of Reiheishi road on the main street and the Kaemoncho Street. There are black-walled old shops, and white-walled warehouses on both sides of the streets. The streets take you back to the old days.

Western Area

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resting place

3. Moat

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 5min walk from The First Parking Lot

In 1873, the capital was established in Tochigimachi. However in 1884, it was transferred to Utsunomiya, so the capital in Tochigimachi ended with very short history.
Then the Tochigi prefectural buildings were surrounded by the moat. This one and only vestige in the remains of the former capital city was registered as prefectural cultural assets.

Yokoyama Local Culture Hall
resting place

4. Yokoyama Local Culture Hall (Tel. 0282-22-0159)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 5min walk from The First Parking Lot

The Yokoyama family were wealthy merchants of the Meiji era. The building consists of a hemp wholesale store (the right side as you face it) and the bank (the left side as you face it).
Today, the wholesale store office and the historic bank have been carefully restored.
Open: 9:0017:00 (Admission~16:30)
Closed: Monday (except for National Holidays on Monday, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday instead.)

Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art
Souvenir Shop

5.Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art (Tel. 0282-20-8228)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot

The Museum was built by renovating three 200-year-old “kura”, earthen-walled warehouses. Its collection consists mainly of the works of local artists.
Open: 9:00~17:00 (Admission~16:30)
Closed: Monday (If it is a national holiday, it is closed on Tuesday.)

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resting place

6.Tochigi Doll Float Museum (Tel. 0282-25-3100)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot

“The Tochigi Autumn Festival” held every 2 years features beautifully handcrafted and embroidered doll floats. The highlight of the festival is projected on the screen, so that the visitors can savor the exciting atmosphere of the autumn festival.
Open: 9:00~17:00
Closed: Monday / except April- June, September-November
(If it is a national holiday, it is closed on Tuesday.)

Tsukada Memorial Hall
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7.Tsukada Memorial Hall (Tel. 0282-24-0004)

12min walk from Tochigi Station / 7min walk from The First Parking Lot

In the late Edo period, the Tsukada family ran a timber transport wholesale business.(1844~1848). They used to transport timber on rafts from the Uzuma River via the Tone River down to the lumberyard in Edo (Tokyo). The black wooden wall (120m) is standing along the Uzuma River, and white-walled warehouses are the landmarks of Tochigi City.
Open: 9:00~17:00
Closed: Monday / except April- June, October, November
(If it is a national holiday, it is opened.)

Tochigi City Local Reference Hall
resting place

8.Tochigi City Local Reference Hall (Tel. 0282-24-2145)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot

The museum consists of the former residence and the warehouse of the Itakura family (pawnbroker) with about 200-year history. You can find characteristics of earthen warehouse such as a steep staircase and a pine wood beam, etc.
Open: 10:00~16:00
Closed: Monday (If it is a national holiday, it is opened.)

Eastern Area

Yuzo Yamamoto Birthplace Memorial Exhibition
resting placeSouvenir Shop

9.Yuzo Yamamoto Birthplace Memorial Exhibition (Tel. 0282-22-8805)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot

Yuzo Yamamoto is a great writer who was born in Tochigi, and famous for his masterpiece “A Stone by the Roadside”. This memorial hall built by renovating a warehouse (misegura) of the late Edo period, displays a chronology, his works, manuscripts, photos, his belongings, etc.
Open: 9:00~17:00
Closed: Monday/ except April-June, September- November
(If it is a national holiday, it is closed the next day.)

Adachi Antiquarian Museum
Souvenir Shop

10. Adachi Antiquarian Museum (Tel. 0282-22-0149)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot
The museum built by renovating warehouses of a kimono merchant (the end of Edo era –the middle of Meiji era) displays mainly Japanese prints, picture scrolls, sculptures, and antiques that are an excellent collection of Adachi Kokichi (a dealer in kimono fabrics).
Open: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Monday (If it is a national holiday, it is opened.)

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11.Kuranomachi Kankokan (Tel. 0282-25-0560)

15min walk from Tochigi Station / 3min walk from The First Parking Lot

The building built in 1904 was used as a hemp wholesaler’s shop (the Tamura family). It consists of a main building, an annex, and storehouses. The storehouses were used as apartment houses after the war. Today, the building facing on Kuranomachi Street is used as a souvenir shop. In the former storehouses there are restaurants and souvenir shops.
This is a visitors’ starting point of the tour of Tochigi Town (Kuranomachi).
Open: 9:00~18:00
Closed: December 29th –January 3rd

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12.Tochigi Utamaro Museum (Tel. 0282-25-3003)

The Tochigi Utamaro Museum was established as a "town museum" to provide information mainly about the cultural connection between Kitagawa Utamaro, a leading ukiyo-e artist, and Tochigi City.
Open: 9:00~17:00
Closed: Monday (If it is a national holiday, it is opened.)

Other

Tamagawa Onsen(Kingyo no yu)

13.Tamagawa Onsen(Kingyo no yu) (Tel. 0282-22-1865)

15min walk from Tochigi Station

Tamagawa onsen is Japanese traditional public bath.The second floor is a place for citizens' relaxation.

A Pleasure Boat Ride

14.A Pleasure Boat Ride (Tel. 0282-23-2003)

Enjoy a ride seeing the houses along the Uzuma River !

Service : Every day (except the beginning and the end of the year)
10:00~16:00 (March- November) / 11:00~15:00 (December-February)
The boat will be out of service in case of bad weather or the low water level.

Tochigi City Free Guide Tour Application

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