Japan, Tochigi Prefecture, Tourist attractions

Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya (宇都宮市 ) is the capital and largest city in Tochigi Prefecture, as of October 2010, the city has an estimated population of 510,416 . Utsunomiya is approximately 100 km north of Tokyo. It is the stop before Nasu on the Shinkansen train and quite a few of my colleagues live there.  Its a much bigger city than Nasu/Otawara, but I don’t often go there, I usually go into Tokyo if I want more… It is…

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Japan, Tokyo

Tokyo January 2012

Did a day trip into Tokyo this weekend…  It was snowing and cold in Otawara and shopping seemed a cure … Specifically to look for Cheese and Aussie wine…  Found both in abundance at Nissin World Delicatessen in Minato-ku… Got back to Nasu station to find my car covered in snow and a “interesting” drive home ! http://www.nissinham.co.jp/nwd/nwd_01.html  

Japan, Onsen, Tochigi Prefecture, Travelling Japan

Soutome Onsen January 2012

Soutome Onsen (早乙女温泉) at Kitsurekawa is about 30 mins from the office. The onsen is a milky color and smells of sulfur, apparently it is clear in the mornings…  I shall have to go back and see. My skin felt great afterwards..  After the Onsen we went to  “Café restaurant Kuragasaki”  in Kitsurekawa that is in the old police station…   Very cool…

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Japan, Travelling Japan

Shinnenkai January 2012

 We held our “Shinnenkai” party this week. “Shinnenkai” is the “welcome the New Year party” – seems a good a reason as any to have a party … Headed up into the Shiobara Onsen area to stay in a Ryokan overnight, have some good food & an onsen or two. AND 1 or 2 beers of courseI got up just on dawn…

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Japan, Travelling Japan

Fukuroda Falls – January 2012

Monday was a public holiday so I planned on heading out somewhere.   Taking advice from a friend who used to live here I headed out to the frozen waterfalls..  Fukuroda no taki A relatively easy trip and not too much walking/climbing – I have some new boots that I need to wear in, they are great boots, but need…

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Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Tochigi Prefecture, Travelling Japan

Ikea January 2012

Road trip this weekend to Ikea in Shinmisato  – about 150 km from home… Ikea is Ikea anywhere you are.  Exactly the same as Sydney or Perth,  even the furniture is the same… Just the signs are different… Although i do find it interesting that the Japanese like it so much.  I don’t get the feeling do-it-yourself delivery and furniture is really a…

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