Storehouse Town (kuranomachi)

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Storehouse Town (kuranomachi)

Since the Edo period,Tochigi,a city of wholesales dealers,has been called the trading spot in the northern Kanto.
Tochigi,where Reiheishi were going through,was also a passage for lords from Western Japan traveling to Nikko. In this way Tochigi has prospered.
There is a trail of Reiheishi Road on the avenue and Kaemoncho Street.There are back-walled warehouses on either side of the streets.The street takes you back to the old days.

■Uzuma River

The heart of Tochigi's history.

Uzuma River The wholesalers' town which prospered from feudal times to the beginning of the Showa era, and the Uzuma River which contributed to Tochigi, merchants' city of northern Kanto!
The zone of transport on the Uzuma River spread not only onto Kanto district,but onto southern Tohoku, and the river supported commerce of wholesalers and fabricants.
The origin of transport on the river that has contributed a lot to the development of Tochigi, ascends to 1617, when the casket of Tokugawa Ieyasu was transferred from Mt.Kuno to Mt.Nikko. On this occasion, the necessities for the ceremony were gathered at riverbank.
Afterwards,“Bega bort" that shuttled between Tochigi and Edo(Tokyo) appeared, and Tochigi became a trading spot.


■Tsukada Memorial Hall

The typical scenery of storehouse town.

Tsukada Memorial Hall In the late Edo period, the Tsukada family ran timber transport wholesale business(1844-1848).
They used to transport timber on rafts from the Uzuma River via the Tone River down to the lumberysrd in Edo (Tokyo).It took one day and one night, while it took three days and three nights for coming back.
The black wooden wall (120m) is standing along the Uzuma River, and the reflection of the white-walled warehouses and willows on the surface of the Uzuma River has become the landmarks of Tochigi city.
This scenery has appered many times on TV and films.

Hours of operation 9:30-17:00(Admission : ~ 16:30)
Day closed Monday on January ・February ・ March ・ July ・ August ・ September ・ December (If it is a national Holiday, it opens) , the end & the beginning of the year
Admission Adult: ¥700(For 10 and over ¥600 / For 30 and over ¥500)
Child : ¥350 (For 30 and over ¥300)
Address 2-16,Yamamotocho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi
Phone number 0282-24-0004
Fax number 0282-24-0005
Public transit access A 10 min walk from Tochigi Station

■Yokoyama Local Culture Hall

Yokoyama Local Culture Hall The Yooyama family were wealthy merchants of the Meiji era. The building consints of a hemp wholesale (the right side as you face it) and the bank (the left side as you face it).
Today, the wholesale store office and the historic bank have been carefully restored.
In the right side , there is a hemp warehouse , and in the right side, there is a book warehouse. There warehouses are built of stone, and resist well disaster (7.2m×9m).

Hours of operation 10:00-16:00
Day closed Tuesday , Wednesdays ( If it is a national holidays , it is opened)
※ Temporary closure is possible
Admission Adult : ¥ 500 (Group ¥450) / Child : ¥300 (Group ¥270)
※ Group : For 20 and over
Address 2-16, Irifunecho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi
Phone number 0282-22-0159
Fax number 0282-22-0159
Public transit access A 18 min walk from Tochigi Station

■Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art

The warehouses of the Zenno family who saved citizens' life in the Edo period.

Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art The museum was opened in 2003 to be central cultural spot of Tochigi and to promote city tourism. The building registered as a city cultual ass et was built by renovating three 200 -year-old "kura", eastern-walled warehouses. Its collection consists mainly of the works of local artists.

Hours of operation 9:00-17:00(Admission : ~ 16:30)
Day closed Monday ・ next day of national holiday (If it is a national holidays , it close the next day) the end & the beginning of the year.
It can be closed for preparation of an exhibition.
Admission Adult ¥300 (Group ¥200) / Elementary School Pupil , Jr.High School Pupil ¥100 (Group ¥50)
※ Group : For 20 and over
※ The Admission is subject to change according to each exhibition.
Address 3-23,Yorozucho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi
Phone number 0282-20-8228
Fax number 0282-20-8227
Public transit access Information A 15 min walk from Tochigi Station

■Kuranomachi Kankokan

The visitors' central spot of Tochigi near the First Parking Lot.

Kuranomachi Kankokan The building built in 1904 was used as a hemp wholesalers' shop ( The Tamura family). It consists of a main building , an annex, and storehouses.
The storehouses were used as apartment houses after the war.
Today, the building facing on Kuranomachi Street is used as a souvenir shop. In the former storehouses there are restaurants and souvenir shops.This is a visitors' starting point of the tour of Tochigi Town (Kuranomachi).


■Tochigi Doll Float Museum

Reproduction of autumn festival with Doll Float.

Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art The Tochigi Autumn Festival held every 2 years features beautifully handcrafted and finely embroidered doll floats. The highlight of the festival is projected on the screen, so that the vistors can savor the exciting atomosphere of the autumn festival.
The museum dates from February 1995, and three doll floats (tangible folklore cultural assets) are displayed there . The doll floats are altered periodically.
On the second floor, there is an exhibition room displaying documents concerning doll floats.

Hours of operation 9:00-17:00(Admission : ~ 16:30)
Day closed Monday on January ・ February ・ March ・ July ・ August ・ December (If it is a national holiday, it closed next day)
the end & the beginning of the year , It can be closed for altering Doll Float
Admission Adult ¥ 500 (Group ¥400)/ Elementary School Pupil , Jr.High School Pupil ¥300 (Group ¥200)
※ Group: For 20 and over
Address 3-23,Yorozucho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi
Phone number 0282-25-3100
Fax number 0282-24-4918
Public transit access A 15 min walk from Tochigi Station

■Shinmeigu Shrine

Shinmeigu Shrine The Shrine was founded in 1403 at Tochigi jonai shinmeijuku(Kandacho).
It was transferred to the present location in 1589 on the occation of the New Year by Minagawa Hiroteru.
The buildings of the shrine were built in the Shinmei style following Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture.
The oratory is a former lecture hall of shinto Cyukyo-in built in 1875.
The name of Tochigi may come from "Chigi" (decoration on the roof) of this shrine.The ridge tag of the oratory was resistered as a cultural asset by Tochigi city.


Mt. Ohira

Mt.Ohira(345m) next to Nagano River in the west of the city is beautiful, standing in the south of the Ashio Mountain chain.It is in the middle of Natural park, and there are many tourists thanks to the Ohira-san Shrine, tourist spots, remains of ancient times, and plentiful nature.

■Mt. Ohira Natural Park

Mt. Ohira Natural Park Cherry blossom tunnnel, Hydrangea slope , and autumn leaves.
The park covers an area of 1067 hectares including Tochigi City and Iwafune Town, and it was desighated as prefectural Natural Park in March 1955.
Mt.Ohira, the middle of prefectural National Park is situated in the west of Tochigi City (about 5km). We can go there by car going via Yuran Doro (Ohira-san Excursion Road),Zuishionmon Gate ,and Kenshindaira Plain.
From Kenshindaira, we can see the Kanto plain. On a foggy day, the landscape is very beautiful, and reminds us of floating islands on the sea, therefore it is called "Matsushima on the earth".
From the observatory, we can also see Mt. Tsukuba, and furthermore, if it is fine, Mt.Fuji, skyscrapers in Tokyo, and TOKYO SKYTREE® can be seen.



Ajisaizaka Full of hydrageas on both sides of the stone steps.
Hydrangeas of various coulours bloom along the 1,000 stairs leading up to Ohira-san Shrine.(Rokkakudo-Zuishinmon Gate-Ohira-san Shrine)
These hydrangeas were palnted in 1974 by Lions Club, and are at their best between the end of June and the beginning of July.
The stone staircase was built by the believers in Buddhism.
On a rainy day, this staircase shines and looks very beautiful.
It is about 30 min of journey, if we walk looking at these hydrangeas.


■Ohira-san Shrine

Ohira-san Shrine Since classical times, the shrine has been wathing Tochigi City from the top of the mountain.
You find Ohira-san Shrine on the top of the long staircases of about 1,000 steps.
The shrine was founded by the monk Jikaku (En-nin) in 827, and many believers went there.It attracts especially warriors, and as the shrine was supported by the Tokugawa family, it has prospered up to now.
Around the main building, there are deities such as God of wealth, road safety, and easy delivery etc.


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