Tochigi prefecture is located north of Tokyo and is one of few Japanese prefectures that is completely landlocked, with no border to the coastline. Utsunomiya is the prefectural capital with a population of about 520,000 people. The city is also famous for its many gyoza specialist restaurants.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Tochigi.
Nikko is a small city with a population of about 48,000 people located in the Tochigi prefecture. Said to be one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions, Nikko is famous as the home of the extravagantly decorated shrine Toshogu, build in 1636. The mausoleum of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Beside the impressive Toshogu shrine, Nikko is sprawling with historical Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is also at the entrance to Nikko National Park. The park spreading 1,147.53 square kilometers is considered on of the most beautiful parks in Japan and popular with hikers. Nikko National Park also hold several historical onsen hot spring resorts.
Taking a 10 minutes bus ride or 30-40 minutes walk from either Tobu Nikko Station on the Tobu Line or JR Nikko Station.
Located along the Kinugawa River, Kinugawa Onsen is a popular hot spring resort town close to Nikko. The first hot springs in the area were first found in the early Meiji Period (1868 to 1912). The area was extensively developed as a onsen resort in the 1970s, but following years of economic recession in the 1990s resulted in many of the ryokan complexes to be abandoned. But recent years have one again seen a boost of the tourism industry in the onsen area. Beside the hot springs, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, a historically themed culture and amusement park is also located nearby.
Kinugawa Onsen is located about 30 minutes away from Nikko by the riding the Tobu Railways from Tobu Nikko Station.