Tochigi prefecture is located in the northern part of the Kanto region. It is sometimes called Kita-Kanto (northern Kanto) together with Gunma and Ibaraki prefectures. The capital city of Utsunomiya is about a 50-minutes ride on the Tohoku Shinkansen. There are many tourist spots and resorts in Tochigi including Nikko National Park known for Nikko Tosho-gu,
Nasu known as the summer resort for the royal families, and Kinugawa hot springs. In recent years, Ustunomiya has been attracting attention as Japan’s gyoza (pot sticker) town. It is said that the making of gyoza in Utsunomiya began when soldiers returning from the War introduced pot stickers that they had eaten in China. In 1990, the annual amount of gyoza purchased in Usunomiya became the highest in Japan, and in the following year, the Utsunomiya Gozakai (Utsunomiya Pot Stickers Association) was founded, which contributed to revitalizing the town through gyoza by making maps of gyoza specialty shops in the city and sponsoring the Gyoza Festival. Since Tochigi is an inland prefecture that does not face the ocean, “river fish dishes” made with fish caught in the Naka-gawa river, Kinu-gawa river, and Watarase-gawa river have become authentic local food. Also, the extreme temperature difference makes the place suited for growing vegetables. Both the growing area and production volume of kanpyo (dried and shaved calabash) that was brought from Omi about 300 years ago is the largest in Japan. yuba ryori (raw tofu skin dishes) brought by the head priest of Nikkosan who was invited from Kyoto during the reign of Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa era, is also known as a local specialty. In the popular resort area of Nasu, there are many pensions and cottages while culturing of highland vegetables and dairy farming are also thriving. Therefore, Nasu has a unique food culture, and people add milk even to suiton (dumpling soup) and miso soup. Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are the most popular souvenirs of Nasu.
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Nikko Toshogu Shrine is a shrine located in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture. Toshodaigongen, the god image of the first shogun of Edo shogunate,Tokugawa Iey...
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