3 Amazing Tochigi Rest Stops ・ Roadside Food, Souvenirs, Hot Springs, Trendy Shopping, &... Road trip or not, roadside rest stops are one of the little joys of traveling in Japan, and these 3 are must-sees! Cool Down in the Sapphire Waters of Kinomata River, in Nasushiobara's Kinomata Valley Ready to escape the summer heat and dive right into the water? Nothing compares with the gem-like beauty of the Kinomata River. Onuma Park Is Like a Ghibli Backdrop, in Tochigi's Summer Getaway, Nasushiobara Green hills, distant mountains, broad marshes, and tall trees. Onuma Park is such a beautiful slice of Japan's great outdoors, it feels like Totoro might appear at any moment. The 3 Great Waterfalls of Japan ・ Find Rushing River Water in Japan's Great Outdoors Three beautiful waterfalls in three beautiful parts of Japan! The Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park ・ A Perfect Springtime Day Trip from Tokyo Like a fairytale garden filled with whispy, beautiful wisterias hanging in lacy curtains, this Tochigi destination is an ideal day trip from the big city. Wakayama Farm ・ A Hidden Bamboo Grove and Sometimes Film Set on the Outskirts of Tokyo In Utsunomiya, Tochigi, between Tokyo and Nikko, is a century-old forest of bamboo, with a tranquil atmosphere like nowhere else, and a connection to Rurouni Kenshin. Fresh Winter Travel in Tochigi: Sweet Strawberries, Crisp Winter Air, and Fresh New... Close to Tokyo but a whole different kind of travel, this quick winter trip to Tochigi includes rare natural landscapes and traditional crafts, and a chance to dip your toes into the clean air and ripe fruits of the Japanese countryside! Must-See Autumn Sightseeing Outside of Tokyo: 8 Areas in Tochigi to Enjoy the Fall Season A whirlwind tour of 8 Tochigi cities and towns, and countless fall excursions. The Perfect Summer Trip from Tokyo: 7 Great Spots in Tochigi's Nasu Area In Japan, and looking for a summer getaway in the Kanto region? You can't go wrong with the Nasu area! Even the Japanese Emperor and his family summer in Nasu. Japanese Fireworks Happening Summer 2020 - 3 Days of Lakeside Fireworks in the Nasu... With summer events being canceled right and left throughout Japan, these Nasu fireworks promise fun and a little extra hope! Tochigi - Nikko - Yunishigawa Onsen Sooth your soul with a glimpse of some of Japan's most beautiful scenery, like this historic little hot spring town. #SeeYouSoonJapan Nasu Safari Park - Rare White Lions & an Immersive Safari Experience in Japan Get away from Tokyo and into Japan's scenic countryside - then feed the lions of Nasu, admire the glossy stripes of the tigers of Tochigi, and ogle the fabulous antlers of both antelope and Japanese deer! It's an African safari, Japanese-style. Nasu World Monkey Park - Play with Monkeys from All Over the World, in Japan! Pet, hold, and play the day away with monkeys from all over the world, right in the countryside of Japan! Nasu, Tochigi has some of the best zoos in Japan, and the Nasu World Monkey Park is like one big monkey zoo. Perfect for animal-lovers the world 'round. Coronavirus News - How is Japan dealing with COVID-19? - Matsukawaya Nasukogen Hotel's... With Japanese coronavirus cases appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and all over the world, updates on Japan's COVID-19 situation being few and far between, and Japan travel plans being canceled left and right, the JAPANKURU team wanted to find out just how businesses all over Japan were tackling the coronavirus problem, and making it through this difficult period. So we asked! Today, we're bringing you the latest news from a picturesque Japanese countryside resort in Tochigi Prefecture, normally packed with onsen hot spring bathers and vacationers, Nasu's Matsukawaya. Nasu Animal Kingdom in Tochigi - Bird Shows, Adorable Capybaras, and Petting Zoos! Some of the best zoos are found among some of the loveliest natural scenery in Japan, in a town called Nasu. So forget the cramped cat cafes of Tokyo and the crowded owl experiences of Akihabara - make your way into the Tokyo suburbs, and out into Nasu, Tochigi (a favorite of Japanese royalty!) to enjoy the fresh air alongside the animals of Nasu Animal Kingdom. Experience the Bliss of a Classic Japanese Hot Spring Ryokan Resort with 2020 Renovations... Tucked away in rural Japan, next to the Nasu Goyotei Imperial Villa (a countryside escape for Japanese royalty), Sansuikaku Ryokan is an exclusive little luxury onsen (hot spring) retreat. Natural mountain spring water baths, exquisite Japanese cuisine made from local ingredients, and renovations that keep the spaces clean and comfortable (without destroying the old-fashioned atmosphere), it all comes together to make the 14-room guest house a favorite getaway for those in the know, since the 1930s! Resorts & Seasonal Delights ・ Find Out Why Nasu is Beloved by Japan's Emperor North of Tokyo, on the edge of Tochigi Prefecture, you'll find the town of Nasu, full of gorgeous natural scenery and extensive resort facilities. The area is so relaxing that it's become a favorite of Japan's recent emperors, and current imperial family members visit Nasu regularly. With such a royal recommendation, you might already be planning your next trip, but there's plenty to be said for Nasu even without mentioning the region's eminent guests. So let the Japankuru team walk you through the seasonal charms of Nasu, and why we highly recommend a stay at Hotel Epinard Nasu. ☙ Fall Foliage 2019 ❧ Kanto - Snake Through Autumn at Irohazaka Autumn is coming to the northern hemisphere, and in Japan that means it's time for koyo (紅葉), or fall foliage viewing! Every year crowds around the country flock to the most beautiful spots to see the seasons change, and the leaves shift from green to red. With amazing weather and colorful scenery, it's a great time to explore Japan. In the Kanto region, the leaves change their colours throughout the season, so you can enjoy the leaves longer than many other parts of Japan. This time, focusing on the Nikko area of Kanto in Tochigi prefecture, the hills of Irohazaka is a place where you can enjoy the changes of leaves as you drive through. Amazing Azaleas Just an Hour From Tokyo: Yahata Azalea Fields If you like flower viewing, you'll love Yawatasaki's azaleas! The Ultimate Tour of Tochigi Prefecture! 16 Must-See Places Find out what Tochigi Prefecture is all about! A Day Trip To Mashiko Tochigi - The Pottery Town of Japan Beloved Japanese Pottery, Grand Prize Best Sake Brewery, Picking Famous Japanese Strawberries, and More! 3 Must Things to Do in Utsunomiya Tochigi - Travel around a City of Gyoza and Jazz in... If You Love Gyoza, or Dumpling, You Have to Come Here! Tochigi Prefecture Points of Interest - Our Guide to Traveling around Southern Tochigi... Even more of southern Tochigi! Tochigi Prefecture Points of Interest - Our Guide to Traveling around Southern Tochigi... One of the main things to look forward to when traveling to Japan is experiencing Japanese culture. Whether it is wearing kimonos and walking around the old streets, tea ceremony, or going to a big anime festival, you become a part of something you have yet to experience in your home country. Towards the end of the summer, JAPANKURU went around Northern Tochigi and seeing its unknown beauty and experiencing things like zazen (Buddhist meditation where they hit your shoulder with a board).