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Tochigi Prefecture (栃木県 Tochigi-ken) is a located in the Kanto region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya. Utsunomiya is famous for its many delicious gyoza specialist shops.
Another onsen resort is at Kinugawa.
Prior to the establishment of the present-day system of prefectures, Tochigi was Shimotsuke Province.
The establishment of the Nikko Toshogu in 1617 brought Nikko to national attention. The Tokugawa Shogunate developed the Nikko kaido (part of the major road connecting Nikko with Edo) and required lavish processions to worship Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa line of shoguns.
Nikko is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site. This encompasses Rinnoji , Nikko Toshogu, Futarasan Shrine , and Taiyuin . The Kegon Falls, also in Nikko, is popular with tourists. To travel between the city and the falls, automobiles and buses take the irohazaka, a road with dozens of switchbacks.
- Official Tochigi Prefecture homepage
- TochigiGaijin.Com - The Official Homepage for Foreigners Living & Working in Tochigi Prefecture
- Wikitravel: Tochigi
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