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  It’s exciting to be in a city new to you.
Utsunomiya will always live up to your expectations.

Shopping avenues, parks, restaurants and night spots dot around Futaarayama Shrine, the hub of Utsunomiya city.
Utsunomiya has its long history and there are slews of cultural heritages.
 The structures built of Ohya Stone
Ohya stone, special product of Utsunomiya, has unique light green-color tint. You will find the buildings made of Ohya stone such as old ware houses, churches, monuments here and there in Utsunomiya. The statue of Gyoza just in front of JR Utsunomiya station is also made of Ohya stone. Ohya stone creates the unique landscape of Utsunomiya.
 Matugamine Church
The church, built in 1932 , is full-dress Romanesque cathedral. Almost all the building including exterior and interior walls are composed of Ohya stone. The twin towers in the façade produce the noble and dignified mood.

> From JR Utsunomiya, get on the Kanto Bus bound for Sakushin Gakuin (8 min), get off at Tobu Utsunomiya Station, walk 3 min.
> 1-1-5 Matugamine, Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-635-0405
 St. John Church
Both chapel and bell tower are made of Ohya sotone, which gives simple impression.
The interior is decorated with elegant curved logs and it create a chapel of sorts.
It is a historic church built in 1933.

> From JR Utsunomiya, get on Kanto bus bound for Sakushin Gakuin, get off Sakura-dori Jyumonji, walk 3 min.
> 2-3-27 Sakura Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-622-3853
 Futaarayama Shrine
Utsunomiya has enjoyed its prosperity around Futaarayama woods.
Futaarayama Shrine has been the spiritual anchorage for the citizens in Utsunomiya.
Many people visit the shrine on such occasions as New Year’s Day, Shitigosan (the ceremony for children of 3, 5 and 7years of age), wishing for help of passing the entrance examination.
The shrine has a long history : founded about 1,600 years ago to dedicate the spirit of Toyokirihikonomikoto, the founder of Utsunomiya. People say the name of Utsunomiya is derived from Shimotsuke-Ichinomiya.
It houses an iron guardian dog and a helmet as the treasure of the shrine that are designated as national important arts.
The gate and approach to the shrine are beautifully illuminated at night.

> From JR Utsunomiya, get on Kanto bus bound for Sakushin Gakuin, get off Bara-cho : illumination : sunset to 22:00
> 1-1-1 Baba-dori Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-622-5271
 Former Shinohara Family Residence
This is a time-honored residence of venerable family in Utsunomiya, whose history dates back to Edo period. Main building built in 1895, stone warehouses, outer walls made with black mortar and the façade which characterizes merchant houses in those days are worth seeing.
> From JR Utsunomiya Station, walk 3 min.
> Open : 9:00-16:30 (from Nov.1 to Mar.31 : 16:00)
> 1-4-33 Imaizumi Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-624-2200
 Bronze Statue of Three Soybeans Buddha (Zenganji-Temple)
The bronze Buddha, 3.6 meters in height, is located in the precincts of Zenganji-temple.
Long time ago…. a traveling priest visited the temple donated 3 soybeans and suggested that they should grow them to raise money .
After that, they grew the soybeans and built the statue with the money which soybeans brought.

> From JR Utsunomiya, west exit : 8 min walk.
> Zenganji 1-8-19 Ohdori Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-634-7717
 The Iron Stupa (Seiganji-Temple)
It is the only existing stupa enshrined in the precinct of Seiganji temple in Japan.
It is 3.3 meters high and 6.6 centimeters thick.
The inscription of the stupa says that Mother is the most venerable for you, so devote yourself or nothing can’t be accomplished.

> From JR Utsunomiya, west exit : 5 min walk. Application is need.
> Seiganji 5-3-14 Ohdori Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-627-7676
 The Bell of Oyori (Hozoji Temple)
The bell located in the precincts of Hozoji Temple was donated by the Lord of Utsunomiya.
The bell is said that it sounded all around to a mile therefore it was tolled when high-ranking people visited Utsunomiya.
‘The name of ‘’Oyori’’ stems from Japanese ‘’Yoru’’ whichi means visit.

> From JR Utsunomiya west exit : 3 min walk.
> Hozoji 4-2-12 Ohdori Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-622-4130
 Gamoh Shrine
The shrine is next to Hachimanyama Park and enshrines Kumpei Gamo, one of the three eccentrics of Edo era. The shrine gate (Torii) was donated by the famous Yokozuna wrestler (Yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo wrestling) from Tochigi, Tochigiyama, in Taisyo era.
There are also the monument of the first yokozuna , Shiganosuke Akashi, the legend of Sumo wrestler.

> JR Utsunomiya, west exit, get on Kanto bus bound for Sakushin Gakuin, get off Kencho-mae : 10 min walk.
Orion Street :
The busiest street in Utsunomiya.
Specialty stores such as restaurants, cafes, clothing stores ,shoe stores etc, line along the street.
Ohdori :
It is the main street and business district of Utsunomiya. Banks and commercial buildings line along the street.
Bamba street :
There are Futaarayama shrine, PARCO, department store for young, and retail stores along the street. It used to be the busiest street where movie theaters and retail stores lined.
Union street :
There are lots of fashionable stores such as secondhand clothing stores, silver accessories stores, shoe stores, café, etc along the Union street.
So many young people frock to the street that it is cited to be ‘’Harajuku in Utsunomiya’’.
It is designated as one of the most lively 100 streets in Japan.
Hino-machi street :
Hino-machi street is the time-honored shopping street in Utsunomiya cultivated by merchants(called Hino-shonin) from the castle town of Aizuwakamatsu castle in Edo period.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, dishes, sweets and flowers are sold at Asaichi market on the second and forth Saturday from 8 to 11 am every month.
Izumi-cho :
The busiest night spot in Utsunomiya jammed with bars and the like.
Symbol road :
This road connects Tochigi prefectural office and Utsunomiya city hall.
Tochinoki, horse chestnut trees (prefectural tree of Tochigi) grow along the road like a tunnel.
Kamagawa promenade :
The promenade along the Kamagawa river that is running through the center of Utsunomiya is popular as a suitable place for a walk and getting relaxed. It is illuminated at night and the view is fabulous.
 The Big Gingko
The big ginkgo was planted in 1620 at the place where used to be an outer moat of the third donjon of the Utsunomiya castle. The big ginkgo has grown 33 meters in height, though it went through at the hard time of Utsunomiya air raid for this 400 years. It is designated as a natural monument by Utsunomiya city and loved by people as a symbol of peace.

> From JR Utsunomiya, get on Kanto bus bound for Sakushin Gakuin, get off Kencho-mae : 6 min walk.
 Joshi Park
Utsunomiya castle has its long history. It is said that the fort was first founded by the Lord of Hidesato Fujiwara in 940. Many Loads had succeeded to the fort until it was burnt down during the battle of Boshin in Meiji period since then. Now the vestige of the donjon remains there. Documents about the castle are exhibited at Seimei-kan in the park.

> From JR Utsunomiya, west exit, get on Kanto bus bound for Sakushingakuin,get off Futaarayama-mae, walk 8 min.
> 1-15 Honmaru-cho Utsunomiya : (phone) 028-638-9390 (Seimeikan)
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