by Buddy Lindsey


Note/Disclaimer: This is a post that is meant to give a quick overview of some of Tochigi and not full detail of everything. Tochigi is much like a state in the US with a rich past, present, and future to come. I can’t possibly cover everything and getting the tip of everything would be a book. As I learn Japanese better I will fill this in more.

Name: Tochigi
Island: Honshū
Population: 2,011,313
Capital: Utsunomiya
Major Cities: Ashikaga, Kanuma, Mōka, Nasukarasuyama, Nasushiobara, Nikkō, Ōtawara, Oyama, Sakura, Sano, Shimotsuke, Tochigi, Yaita


The late 7th century, Tochigi formed Shimotsuke Province. During which time Shimotsuke-Yakushi temple was built, making it the Buddhist capital of the Kanto Region.

In the early 15th century, Ashikaga University was re-established, holding over 3000 students by the 16th century. It is the oldest “university/college” in Japan. Saint Francis Xavier introduced Ashikaga to the world as the best university in Japan.

In the late 19th century the Tokugawa Shogunate fell and the new government established the prefectures. The prefectural capital was established in the city of Tochigi after the unification of Utsunomiya Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture in 1873. However the capital was transferred to Utsunomiya.


Tochigi has many traditional festivals and events such as Nikkō Tōshō-gū’s 1000 Samurai Procession and Horseback Archery Festival, and the city of Tochigi’s Autumn Festival where doll floats are pulled around the city once every five years.


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.

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