Discover the best top things to do in Ashikaga, Japan including Ashikaga Flower Park, Ruins of Ashikaga School, Banna-ji Temple, Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya, COCO FARM & WINERY, Orihime Park, Kurita Museum, Ashikaga Museum of Art, Ashikaga Fireworks, Watarasebashi Bridge.
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4.5 based on 679 reviews
This place is out of the ordinary when the wisteria are in full bloom.We saw many fuji trees with purple and dazzling white flowers.Took many photos here.There are other types of flowers too including a patch of roses.There is a place to sit down in the open area and order snacks.There is a covered area selling food, tit bits and other goods.If you love flowers you must visit this place
4 based on 148 reviews
Established in 832 A.D. as a school to study the teachings of Confucius this "university" stayed in operation as a school until 1921. None of the original building remain, however the gates, buildings, dorms. etc. have been reconstructed in wood to match the originals. Well, well worth seeing if you are in the area and have any interest at all in Japanese history, this school is mentioned in every Japanese History and social studies book. The reconstruction is accurate and most delightful.Since these are reconstructions of the original buildings inside access is not available for wheel chairs, but the grounds are flat
Be sure to get the English language guide booklet when you enter and pay the admission fee it is excellent. One of the best I have found in Japan, probably done by the Ministry of Education if I were to guess.
There is a short 15 minute movie which is worth watching even if you do not speak any Japanese.
4 based on 102 reviews
A nice weather for visiting this wonderfully and historic old temples of the Ashikaga Clan. From Ashikaga station, it is a 10-15 minutes walk. There were some construction going on, but did not intrude too much on main area where the temples and the great 550 year old Gingkgo tree was located. I would highly suggest to visit when the leaves are turning for the marvelous display autumn colors. The temple is also designated as a place of National Heritage.
4 based on 76 reviews
4 based on 52 reviews
This vineyard is an hour or so out of Tokyo by train (you then need to get a cab). There is a nice place for lunch, and some excellent wines to drink and or buy. However the really interesting thing is the vineyard itself- built on a very step hillside (!) and the purpose it was built- to find employment for mentally handicapped people. There are vineyard tours also. I think its best to go with someone who speaks Japanese, but there are certainly people with good English working there. The woman doing the wine tasting when I was there had excellent English.
4 based on 34 reviews
In all seriousness, there isn't a whole ton to do in Ashikaga, it's not a big Vegas style city or anything, but Orihime Jinjya is probably it's most attractive spot. The surrounding parks are beautiful and change through the seasons, and in fact go quite a bit deeper to those willing to venture off the main course.
Tochigi is literally littered with hiking courses and this shrine is at the foot of quite a few Mountains that you can wander around to your hearts content.
On a side note... though I'm not proud of it I found a vending machine with a Mountain Dew in it at the top of the hill and I think that was probably the first time I ever found a Mountain Dew in Japan, so I bought it, started drinking it, but it tasted a little funny. I looked on the bottom and it was a year or two past the flavor date XD So I would recommend not pushing that button if you get up there, must not be a lot of Dew drinkers in backwater Japan.
4 based on 21 reviews
This is a museum of Arita and Nabashima porcelain, and was set up by a private benefactor in a large 'park-like' setting.
The museum is a series of separate buildings, each housing interesting pieces.
The walk from building to building was interesting in itself, not to mention picturesque, and provided a time of respite between viewings.
As always we spent too much time there, but it was worth it.
We would recommend a visit, particularly in you have an interest in porcelain.
It is about 10 minutes on the train (Y200 each way) from Ashikaga and about 15 minutes walk from the station. It can be combined with a visit to the Gardens.
5 based on 6 reviews
Launched in 1903 and held every first Saturday in August, Ashikaga Fireworks is Kitakanto's oldest fireworks festival. It is also the Kantou's largest, packed with 20,000 fireworks and over 400,000 spectators. The fireworks are launched from the flood plains of the Watarase River, and the show features numerous high points, such as wide starmines, simultaneous launches of large-shell fireworks, and joint productions of special trick fireworks. The finale, a special "Niagara Falls" display, is a masterpiece.
3.5 based on 16 reviews
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