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Nikko Toshogu Shrine
UNESCO World Heritage Nikko Toshogu Shrine

Tochigi Prefecture is an inland prefecture in the northern part of the Kanto region.  It is surrounded by Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama and Fukushima.  The capital city of Tochigi prefecture is Utsunomiya city.  JR Utsunomiya is serviced by the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita Shinkansen lines from Tokyo. 

Tochigi Prefecture Shown in Yelow

Tochigi is probably the least industrialized of all the other prefectures in the Kanto region, so many nature areas in Tochigi prefectures are perfectly preserved.

The biggest attraction is Tochigi is the Nikko world heritage Temples and Shrines.  Nikko is located about an hour train ride from the JR Utsunomiya station.  JR Utsinomiya can be easily reached by bullet train from Tokyo.  Similar to places like Koyasan, Nachi Katsuura, Yoshimi, Kamakura; Nikko probably needs a special coverage in my website.  I will promise to do that as I go along developing my website.

There are great lakes (Lake Chuzenji) and hot spring spas in the Nikko area.  The hot springs may not be suitable for foreign tourists but I highly suggest to make a trip to Lake Chuzenji, when visiting Nikko.

Tochigi Prefecture Emblem

Tochigi Prefecture Mascot (Tochimaru kun)

Bando pilgrimage covers four temples in the Tochigi area.  One of the temples is located near the town of Mashiko.  Mashiko is a beautiful, sleepy little town known for it's pottery.  If you visit the Saimyoji Temple in Tochigi prefecture, you will get a chance to visit Mashiko. 

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