Tochigi

Most famous for its Nikko area, Tochigi Prefecture is an undiscovered treasure trove of culture, history and breathtaking natural landscapes.

Nov 25, 2021

A Nice Time in Nasu

A Nice Time in Nasu

While the Nikko area is well known, Tochigi also home to hidden gems like Nasu, a locale that's great for fans of hiking and hot springs.

Feb 5, 2021

Up in Utsunomiya

Up in Utsunomiya

Though located near the ever-popular area of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture's capital city of Utsunomiya rarely gets the attention that it deserves.

Jan 14, 2021

Furumine Shrine

Furumine Shrine

Located near Nikko in Tochigi, Furumine Shrine is a hidden gem that pays homage to the tengu as well as the quasi-mythical hero, Yamato Takeru.

Dec 5, 2020

Lake Chuzen-ji

Lake Chuzen-ji

The deeper areas of Nikko are sadly often passed up by tourists but Lake Chuzen-ji is a really relaxing spot that really ought not to be missed!

Jan 16, 2018

Seeing it ALL in Nikko

Seeing it ALL in Nikko

While not exactly a hidden gem per say, the Nikko area is a destination that many overseas visitors to Japan fail to properly experience.

Nov 13, 2017

In Search of Nikko's Founder

In Search of Nikko's Founder

While most overseas visitors make a beeline for the Toshogu Shrine, Nikko’s roots actually predate the Tokugawa shogunate by nearly 1,000 years.

Jan 12, 2017

Nikko's Taiyuin-byo

Nikko's Taiyuin-byo

Taiyuin-byo is the mausoleum of the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. It's located in Nikko, right next to the ornately iconic Toshogu Shrine.