Tochigi & Saitama

History, Culture, & Natural Beauty Just North of Tokyo

You don’t have to go very far from the big city to take a deep dive into unique aspects of Japanese history, culture, and natural beauty. Saitama and Tochigi prefectures are just north of Tokyo, and offer travelers the chance to explore gorgeous locales, stroll retro city streets, and get in touch with enduring Japanese traditions.

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JR TOKYO Wide Pass

Day 1

  • Tokyo
  • Tochigi

Day 2

  • Tochigi
  • Saitama
  • Tokyo

To make this itinerary a reality, we recommend that visitors utilize the JR TOKYO Wide Pass. This 3-day discount pass allows for unlimited rides on shinkansen, limited express, and other trains in Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto areas. The pass makes traveling in and around Saitama and Tochigi both convenient and affordable.

Day 1 - START

About 90 mins

  • Tohoku Shinkansen【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Tokyo Station – Oyama Station

  • JR Ryomo Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Oyama Station – Ashikaga Flower Park Station

Enjoy Sublime Seasonal Beauty in Ashikaga Flower Park

Enjoy Sublime Seasonal Beauty in Ashikaga Flower Park

Enjoy Sublime Seasonal Beauty in Ashikaga Flower Park

If you want to admire the seasonal beauty of Tochigi Prefecture in all its floral glory, then you can't miss Ashikaga Flower Park. This 100,000 square meter park is home to a variety of colorful and abundant flora like a scene ripped from the pages of a fairytale picture book.

607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga City, Tochigi 329-4216

10:00 – 17:00
Hours of operation may change depending on season.
Tel: +81 284-91-4939

About 180 mins

  • JR Ryomo Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Ashikaga Flower Park Station – Tochigi Station

  • Nikko-Kinugawa Tobu Limited Express【Additional fare required】

    Tochigi Station – Tobu-Nikko Station

  • Bus【Additional fare required】

    Tobu-Nikko Station – Chuzenji Onsen

  • Walk

    Chuzenji Onsen - Lake Chuzenji

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Tour the Untouched Beauty of Lake Chuzenji

Tour the Untouched Beauty of Lake Chuzenji

Tour the Untouched Beauty of Lake Chuzenji

Lake Chuzenji offers visitors the chance to stroll around emerald forests, gaze at majestic mountains, and enjoy a bounty of water activities. After exploring, enjoy an overnight stay at a traditional inn, and soak in an onsen.

Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Station) “Nikko” Tourist Information Center
717-1 Imaichi, Nikko City, Tochigi 321-1261

08:30 – 17:00
Tel: +81 288-22-1525
Email: info@nikko-kankou.org

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Day 1 - Goal
Day 2 - START

About 210 mins

  • Bus【Additional fare required】

    Chuzenji Onsen – JR Nikko Station

  • JR Nikko Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Nikko Station – Utsunomiya Station

  • JR Tohoku Shinkansen【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Utsunomiya Station – Omiya Station

  • JR Kawagoe Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Omiya Station – Kawagoe Station

Step Back in Time in the Historic Townscape of Kawagoe

Step Back in Time in the Historic Townscape of Kawagoe

Step Back in Time in the Historic Townscape of Kawagoe

The former castle town of Kawagoe offers a chance for visitors to go back in time. Slip into a kimono, enjoy traditional treats, and explore the history of this retro town.

Kawagoe City Kawagoe Station Tourism Information Center
24-9 Wakitamachi, Kawagoe City, Saitama 350-1122

09:00 – 16:30
Kawagoe City Kawagoe Station Tourism Information Center
Tel: +81 49-222-5556
Email: kanko@machikawa.co.jp

About 50 mins

  • Tobu-Tojo Line Local【Additional fare required】

    Kawagoe Station – Asakadai Station

  • Walk

    Asakadai Station – Kita-Asaka Station

  • JR Musashino Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Kita-Asaka Station – Higashi-Tokorozawa Station

  • Walk

    Higashi-Tokorozawa Station – Tokorozawa Sakura Town

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Immerse Yourself in Art & Design at the Kadokawa Culture Museum
(Photo ©Kadokawa Culture Museum)

Immerse Yourself in Art & Design at the Kadokawa Culture Museum

Immerse Yourself in Art & Design at the Kadokawa Culture Museum
(Photo ©Kadokawa Culture Museum)

Part-museum, part-library, the Kadokawa Culture museum is a visually impressive museum that is sure to elicit a double-take! Enjoy art exhibitions, Japanese manga, and more inside, and then explore the rest of the Tokorozawa Sakura Town complex!

Kadokawa Musashino Museum
3-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa City, Saitama 359-0023

10:00 – 18:00, Sun. – Thurs.
10:00 – 21:00, Fri. – Sat.
Closed the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tues. of every month. If that falls on a national holiday, it will instead be closed the following day.
Tel: +81 570-017-396 (10:00 – 17:00)

About 70 mins

  • Walk

    Tokorozawa Sakura Town – Highashi-Tokorozawa Station

  • JR Musashino Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Higashi-Tokorozawa Station – Nishi-Kokubunji Station

  • JR Chuo Line Local【JR TOKYO Wide Pass】

    Nishi-Kokubunji Station – Tokyo Station

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Day 2 - Goal