Tochigi

Japan’s first-ever Yakult cafe serves a rare probiotic ice cream in the shadow of a famous castle

A sacred place for shogun…and lovers of lactic acid bacteria ice cream.

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Kusaki Marino: A Japanese family restaurant where you bow your head and enter like a samurai

Through a tiny door, no less.

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Panju: A Rare Japanese sweet you can buy from a food cart for less than 30 cents

A hidden gem that’s popular with locals. 

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This decommissioned bus on the side of the road in Tochigi serves up some tasty ramen

Get on the ramen bus!

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Japanese temple shop sells special shumai dumplings…with no meat in them

You won’t find shumai like this anywhere else.

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Step inside a mystical, dazzling display of illuminations at the Flower Garden of Lights

Ashikaga’s Flower Park transforms into a fantastical fairytale world that you can step inside for the next few months.

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Why you shouldn’t say you’ve seen enough until you’ve seen Japan’s Nikko, and seen it as an adult

Nikko’s famous Kegon no Taki waterfall bored our reporter on his class trip, but it’s a different story now that he’s grown up.

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Stunning Japanese restaurant is like eating in a samurai residence

If you’re looking for a very Japanese experience, this is a place you’ll need to put on the itinerary.

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We deeply, wetly regret underestimating this crazy obstacle course in the mountains of Japan【Vid】

A humbling experience awaits at Tochigi’s Yomogiyama Log Village.

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“Hey, Japanese taxi driver, take us to the best Sano ramen in Sano!”

We discover an unforgettable dish in the city that boasts the highest number of ramen joints per 100,000 people in Japan.

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Japan’s other beautiful fuji, wisteria, are about to turn Ashikaga Flower Park into a wonderland

Flowers have begun blooming at gorgeous park in Tochigi.

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Travel secrets: East Japan’s own Monet Pond and Kiyomizu in Tochigi【Photos】

It’s a long walk up the mountain, but they’re worth it.

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This bath bomb looks and feels like an Edo gold bar, is great for gifts or bathing like a shogun

And it makes for a very nice bath!

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We find a hidden gyoza eatery in Utsunomiya and discover the local way of eating them

A gyoza eatery behind a closed game arcade in the basement of a Mega Don Quijote–that doesn’t sound spooky at all…

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Miniature Japanese ramen cakes are a rare, locally guarded secret

Like a tiny plastic model from a gacha capsule toy machine, but totally edible.

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This little-known temple in rural Japan has a giant Buddha bigger than Kamakura’s or Nara’s【Pics】

A visit to Seirinji Temple.

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Mist descends upon Japan’s “Killing Stone” after ceremony to appease nine-tailed fox spirit

Does this mean the priest’s purification ritual has placated the beast? Or is it an omen of something else to come?

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Japan’s “killing stone” splits in two, possibly unleashing evil nine-tailed fox spirit

Ominous event has people fearing this is a harbinger of doom.

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Hey, Japanese taxi driver! Take us to a great restaurant in Utsunomiya

It’s a gyoza town, but what happens when you ask for a restaurant that’s got other great good too?

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Famous Japanese sword becomes tiny sweets knife in order to slice into matcha pound cake

Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Ashikaga City in Tochigi with these fun commemorative goods.

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