Nestled between the Kanto Plain and the central mountains of Japan, Tochigi is an accessible peek into rural and ancient Japan. Nikko is home to some of the country's most magnificent temples and shrines, spread over three complexes. Stop in Utsunomiya for ultra-famous gyoza, or the hot spring resort of Kinugawa Onsen for a dip and a river cruise. Lake Chuzenji is a picturesque backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.
You can ride into Tochigi in just under an hour by bullet train from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station in Tokyo. Choose local trains for a cheaper and more scenic alternative.
Take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station. Depending on your desired destination in Tochigi, alight at Oyama Station or Utsunomiya Station. The train ride will take about 50 minutes. If you prefer local lines, take the Utsunomiya Line from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station in Tokyo. You may have to change trains once along the way. A journey on local lines will take about 100 minutes. Nikko is best accessed by a direct limited express train from Asakusa or Shinjuku stations in Tokyo, or by the JR Nikko Line from Utsunomiya Station. There are also limited express trains direct to Kinugawa Onsen from Asakusa and Shinjuku.
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Tochigi's many flowers burst into bloom, highlighted by cherry blossoms on the Nikko Kaido Sakura Route and wisterias at Ashikaga Flower Park.
Beat the heat in Nikko's mountains. Relax after hiking with scenic, ancient hot springs at Nasu Onsen and Shiobara Onsen.
Brilliant autumn hues are a beautiful backdrop for Nikko's architecture, Kegon Waterfall and the prefecture's many dramatic valleys.
Ashikaga Flower Park is lit up in dramatic illuminations. Deep in the mountains, Yunishigawa Onsen hosts the Yunishi Kamakura Festival. Riverside snow huts are filled with light, creating a dramatic nighttime view.