15 days in Tochigi Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Tochigi Prefecture Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Oyama
— 5 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Narita International Airport, Fly to Bangkok


Oyama — 5 nights

Oyama is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Get out of town with these interesting Oyama side-trips: Fukuoka Dam (in Tsukubamirai), Ushiku (Shinjo-ji Temple & Ushiku Daibutsu) and Sakuragawa (Yakuo-in Temple & Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at Ichinoyu Koga, pause for some photo ops at Yokaren Peace Memorial Musuem, learn about all things military at Yokaren Memorial Hall, and steep yourself in history at Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oyama itinerary tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Oyama is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Oyama due to the time zone difference. In December, Oyama is colder than Bangkok - with highs of 11°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tochigi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Tochigi — 2 nights

Tochigi is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kurita Museum, admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park, browse the different shops at Sano Premium Outlet, then steep yourself in history at Yokoyama Kyodokan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kuranomachi Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for gifts at Super Mercado Takara, contemplate the long history of Kanayama Castle Remains, then find something for the whole family at Gunma Children's Land, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kiryu Onsen Yurara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagusa Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tochigi journey maker website.

Tochigi is just a stone's throw from Oyama. In December, daytime highs in Tochigi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Nikko — 4 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Nikko is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nikko itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tochigi to Nikko takes an hour. December in Nikko sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nasu-machi.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Nasu-machi — 2 nights

The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nasu Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at Nasu Stained Glass Museum, examine the collection at Fujishiro Seiji Museum, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then wander the wide-open spaces of Minamigaoka Ranch, and finally revel in the low prices at Nasu Garden Outlet. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Sesshoseki Rocks, go for a walk through Yahata Park, then get to know the resident critters at Nasu Animal Kingdom, then get outside with Nasu Nature Study Paths, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasu Yuzen Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nasu-machi road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Nasu-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nikko in December, with highs in Nasu-machi at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Motegi-machi.
Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Motegi-machi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at Nozomi no Yu, then find something for the whole family at Mobility Resort Motegi, and then examine the collection at Honda Collection Hall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Motegi-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Nasu-machi to Motegi-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nasu-machi in December: high temperatures in Motegi-machi hover around 11°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Tochigi Prefecture travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls · Theme Parks
Tochigi Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture.Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial Family has a villa in Nasu. is a major Shinkansen station.Prefectural overviewSituated among the inland prefectures of the northern part of the Kantō region, Tochigi is contiguous with Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, and Fukushima Prefectures.The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.The population of Tochigi as of November 2010 is approximately 2,005,096.Located in the center of the prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kantō region. Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake (1,917 m) mountain are in the northern part of the area. Kinugawa, Nakagawa, and Watarase River originate in this region, which flow across the Kanto plain before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Tochigi is the 20th largest prefecture in Japan with a total area of 6,408 square km.