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Lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine, a mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Edo period

Tochigi prefecture is located in the northern Kanto region of honshu island. It is a great place for cedar trees, cypress trees and bamboo due to a lot of rain from spring to summer.


The most popular place in Tochigi is Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is a mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of Edo period that started in 1600. 

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Toshogu Shrine is known as one of most lavishly decorated shrines due to wood carvings garnished with gold leaf. Both Shinto and Buddhist elements are intermingled at Toshogu.


Although the Meiji government ordered the separation of those religions, it was not completely done.


Nikko where Toshogu Shrine is located is a gate to the Nikko National Park.


Rakkyo zuke - pickled Chinese scallion  

Ayu udon - udon noodles with soup of broth from Ayu, sweetfish

Gyoza - fried dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables


Tochigi is known for wood products such as Magemono, bent-wood crafts, by using woods grown in Tochigi.


Masuko ware is another local popular product in Tochigi. It is made without adding any other substance than clay itself, which results in thick pieces. 

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