10 Things to Do in Ashikaga That You Shouldn't Miss

October 1, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

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.
Restaurants in Ashikaga

1. Ashikaga Flower Park

607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga 329-4216, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-91-4939
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 679 reviews

Ashikaga Flower Park

Reviewed By adrpenny - Pekan, Malaysia

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

2. Ruins of Ashikaga School

2338 Shoheicho, Ashikaga 326-0813, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-41-2655
Excellent
25%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Ruins of Ashikaga School

Reviewed By Ted C - La Mesa, California

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.

3. Banna-ji Temple

2220 Ietomicho, Ashikaga 326-0803, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-41-2627
Excellent
25%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Banna-ji Temple

Http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/ashikaga-kankou/i-bannaji.html

Reviewed By eTaka - Tokyo, Japan

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. Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya

Nishino Miya Cho3889, Ashikaga 326-0817, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-22-0313
Excellent
18%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

Ashikaga Orihime Jinjya

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

好きな人とか近隣のアジアの人達には良いのでしょうが、わたし的には一番嫌いな伏〇稲荷の千本鳥居みたいで・・・ケバケバしいことこの上ない。寺社はその歴史の積み重ねを誇る意味でも古色豊かな落ち着いた「日本らしい」色彩の堂塔、社殿が望ましい。が、ここの境内からの足利市の眺めは素晴らしい!ここは産業振興と縁結びの神さんらしい。映画のロケにも使用されました。

5. COCO FARM & WINERY

611 Tajimacho, Ashikaga 326-0061, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-42-1194
Excellent
46%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

COCO FARM & WINERY

Reviewed By geoffrey100 - Boston, Massachusetts

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.

6. Orihime Park

3-3883 Honjo, Ashikaga 326-0808, Tochigi Prefecture
Excellent
17%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Orihime Park

Reviewed By SeattlePostlewait - Seattle, Washington

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.

7. Kurita Museum

1542 Komabacho, Ashikaga 329-4217, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-91-1026
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Kurita Museum

Reviewed By austranomads - Australia

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.

8. Ashikaga Museum of Art

2-14-7, Tori, Ashikaga 326-0814, Tochigi Prefecture +81 284-43-3131
Excellent
27%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Ashikaga Museum of Art

Reviewed By てんしちゃん

東武線足利市駅から歩いて向かいました。美術館の上は市営住宅となっており、外観には驚きました。6月中旬まで画家の詩、詩人の絵という展示がされております。カフェも併設されており、休日のため、にぎわっておりました。

9. Ashikaga Fireworks

Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Ashikaga Fireworks

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.

Reviewed By yucalympic - Maebashi, Japan

明治36年(1903年)から開催されている110年以上の歴史の長い北関東で一番歴史のある花火大会です。毎年8月の第一土曜日に開催されます。2時間弱の間に2万発の花火が上がるので、休む間もなく見続ける必要があります。渡良瀬川にかかるナイアガラ花火が非常にきれいで圧倒されるので、おすすめです。

10. Watarasebashi Bridge

Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Excellent
6%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Watarasebashi Bridge

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

その昔、私も大ファンだった歌手がここを題材にした歌をヒットさせたので一挙に全国区の観光名所になってしまった橋です。偶然、通りかかった時刻が夕方なのでまさに「渡良瀬橋に沈む夕日」の歌詞通り、素晴らしい光景を目の当たりにしました。昼間に見るとただの鉄橋ですが・・。これも広い意味でマスコミの巨大な力を感じさせられるものでした。使い方を間違うと怖いですね。

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