The Oyama Honba Yuki Tsumugi Craft Museum offers visitors the experience of wearing an elegant kimono made from the fine silk textile “Yuki Tsumugi”. The process of refining the traditional Yuki Tsumugi silk is inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In order to allow people to fully appreciate the comfort of their garments the museum provides all-day kimono rental including kimono and obi with dressing assistance included free. Enjoy a day of rambling around the traditional streets of Oyama before returning your kimono by 6pm. Come and experience the light and warm texture of genuine Yuki Tsumugi!
Three-day Experience Japan’s modern and traditional cultures: traditional braiding and pottery experiences and a theme park.
- Tokyo Station → JR Tohoku Shinkansen (via Yamabiko for Nasu) 40-min ride to Oyama station
Yuki Tsumugi Kimono Dressing at the Oyama Honba Yuki Tsumugi Craft Museum1
Experience wearing an authentic Yuki Tsumugi Kimono!
- Oyama Station West Gate → 25-min ride by O-bus to Ichigo no Sato bus stop
Pick your own fruit at this family-friendly farm!
From December to May enjoy picking your own fully ripened Tochiotome strawberries here at Ichigo-no-Sato Farm. Besides strawberries， the farm offers a variety of other fruits such as cherries， grapes and blueberries depending on the season. There are cafes， an Italian buffet restaurant and shops providing a wide range of products made with freshly picked fruits. Seasonal events are held at the studio such as cake baking classes and jam making workshops.
Ichigo-no-Sato Farm is a grower of “Tochihime” strawberries， a variety only grown and consumed in Tochigi. The large fruit of the “Tochihime” is softer and sweeter than that of the “Tochiotome” variety. Come and sample “Tochihime” and compare the two tastes! The farm’s excellent value Pick-Your-Own and meal offers are popular for families and for group days out including breakfast in the morning or dinner in the evening.
- Ichigo no Sato → O-bus (20-min ride → Oyama Station → JR Utsunomiya line (5-min ride) →JR Mamada Station→ Walk (10 min)
Mamada Kumihimo Braid-making Experience3
Experience the exquisite craftsmanship of braiding
Mamada Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese cord created by hand braiding. The cords were used in the armour of Samurai warriors long ago. Today the silk woven cords have a wide range of uses such as bolo ties， obi-himo ties used to secure the obi of women’s kimonos and haori-himo ties in the men and women wear short coats over their kimonos. Try your hand at making your own strap with the vegetable-dyed， pure silk threads made from domestically grown cocoons at a traditional Mamada cord shop.
- Walk (10 min) → Mamada Station → JR Utsunomiya line (5-min ride) → Oyama Station → Mito line (20-min ride) → Shimodate Station → Moka railway (45-min ride) → Mashiko Station → Rental bike (15 min)
Mashiko Yuwakan Gozasho (imperial chamber) and Peace Gallery4
Mashiko Yuwakan was originally established in Meiji 15 (1882) in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture as the Nanma Hotel. His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus stayed there during the war as evacuating school children when he was Crown Prince . The Gozasho, where he heard the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War over the The Jewel Voice Broadcast at the end of the war, remains to this day.
The Mashiko-ware pottery kiln in Mashiko was relocated to its current location in Showa 48 (1973), and was donated to the town in Heisei 28 (2016).
The building was renovated and re-opened as Mashiko Yuwakan with the hope to pass on the value of this building not only as a town treasure, but also as a national treasure to future generations.
Currently, the Peace Gallery is exhibiting newspapers from the end of the war and panels showing the relationship between Tochigi Prefecture and the Imperial Family. In the Gozasho, which retains the appearance of those days, the full audio of the The Jewel Voice Broadcast is available to be listened.
※Masaiko Yuwakan has been renovated while keeping the original charm of the time it was built, so there are steep stairs and steps.
Please be aware that the facilities are not barrier-free. We thank you for your understanding.
- Rental bicycle (5 min)
Mashiko Ceramic Art Club・Old traditional Japanese house (Kominka Furuki)5
Travel back in time in this relocated, reconstructed 200-300-year-old, traditional Japanese house.
Enjoy a pottery experience, accommodations, and cuisine. Amenities include barbecue equipment, a traditional charcoal-fired sunken hearth, a pizza oven, and self-catering options.
Individual travelers and groups alike are welcome to enjoy a rich variety of wonderful experiences.
（Please make reservations via our website)
- Rental bicycle
This brewery produces an array of choice sake and received a gold medal at the Annual Japan Sake Awards for its Sanran-daiginjo brew. Their facility tour is popular with tourists， where the brewer explains its history in detail. Come learn about the tradition and techniques of sake production.
A gift shop on the grounds sells choice brews and cosmetics made with sake. Enjoy coffee brewed with the same water used for the sake， sweets with sake lees， a sake tasting set， and more at their café.”
- Rental bicycle
The 24th roadside station opened in Tochigi
- Rental bicycle (30 min) → Mashiko Station → Moka railway (13-min ride) → Moka Station → Ichigo bus (2 min) → Momenkaikanmae or walk (15 min)
Kubo Memorial Tourism and Cultural Exchange Center9
There are souvenirs of Moka here.
- Mashiko Station→Moka Railway 25 mins→Motegi Station→taxi approx. 20 mins (reservation required)
Mobility Resort Motegi10
Enjoy some hands-on nature activities and racing experience!
Home to a number of top international races including the Moto GP， Twin Ring Motegi also offers a year-round automotive theme park. With minibikes for kids and karts for people of all ages， everyone can experience the thrill of motor racing. The complex also has a nature parks where you can search for local wildlife or zipline (safely clipped in harnesses) through the trees! Camping sites and other accommodation are available nearby.
- taxi approx. 20 mins (reservation required)
This roadside station is a place to enjoy the whole day with the family.
It was the first roadside station to be built in Tochigi prefecture.
Local specialities and agricultural products are available to purchase and there are various seasonal performances and experience events throughout the year.
Yuzu Salt Ramen from Michinoeki Motegi’s Jyukkokuya won the national roadside station gourmet competition, the Michi-1 Grand Prix for three consecutive years in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame.
On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, visitors can see the steam locomotives running on the Moka Railway up close from Michinoeki Motegi.
- 12 minutes' walk
Steam Locomotives in Mooka12
The locomotive nicknamed “Cotton Way”
Since its debut as the nation’s first local line in 1912， the Mooka line has operated daily. Two models of Mooka steam locomotive run on weekends and holidays when many tourists come to see them working as they have for 100 years. In spring， the railway track is almost wrapped in pink cherry blossoms and the ground a shade of yellow with the spreading rapeseed field. The colour contrast attracts many photographers.
- "SL Moka" Steam Locomotive 90 minutes (operates mainly Saturdays and Sundays, regular trains operate on other days)→Shimodate→JR Mito Line (approx. 20 mins)→Oyama Station→JR Tohoku Shinkansen Nasuno approx. 40 mins (also some Yamabiko stops)