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Tochigi Prefecture

Tochigi Prefecture
Prefecture information
NameTochigi
Japanese栃木県
Japanese nameTochigi-ken
CapitalUtsunomiya
RegionKantō
IslandHonshū
GovernorTomikazu Fukuda
Area6408.28 km2 (20th)
% water0.2
Population2005096 (20th) (November 1, 2010)
Districts5
Municipalities26

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|} is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshū, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.

Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture. Nikkō is approximately one hour by train from Tōkyō and approximately 35 km west of the capital Utsunomiya.

Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial family has a villa in Nasu. Nasu-Shiobara is a major Shinkansen station.

Another onsen resort is at Kinugawa Onsen.


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