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Tagawa River

田川
Tagawa River flows through the central area of Utsunomiya city.

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Mt.Kogashi

古賀志山
The mountain peak is just 582m high and the mountain is known as a “famous small mountain” The surrounding area has numerous rocky mountains and is a well-known Mecca for rock-climbing. There are almost 100 hiking trails and the forest park trails can be enjoyed by families and beginners. From autumn through to winter, it is possible to see Mt. Fuji from the viewing platform near summit.

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Hachimanyama Park

八幡山公園
Located in the central part of Utsunomiya, the park commands a panoramic view of the city from the Utsunomiya Tower. Other attractions include large compound play equipment, the Adventure U go-carts, and animal houses, all of which will entertain not only kids but also adults. Planted with about 800 cherry trees and 5,000 azaleas on the natural hilly landscape, the park is prized as one of the best cherry blossom viewpoints for citizens in search of comfort. In addition, the Adventure Bridge is known for a splendid night view of the town.

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Matsugamine Catholic Church

松が峰教会
This church has built in 1895. Majestic building is made of `Oya Stone`. Please recognize warm texture of the material.

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Former Shinohara house

旧篠原家住宅
The Shinohara family was a rich merchant family that brewed shoyu(soy sauce) and dealt in fertilizer during the Edo Period to the days of the World War Ⅱ. The residence built in 1895 (Meiji 28) is a rare example of misegura(residence united with store) which still remains without being restored including ishigura(stone storehouse). The both sides of the first floor are made of Oya stone wall 8cm thick. In the midst of choba(counter), there stands square daikokubashira(center pillar) 45cm thick, which supports tokonoma(alcove) in the grand lounge on the second floor, and extends to the ridgepole. It is quite an unique type of center pillar in Japan. The building is never decorative, yet, the structure is splendidly made by using plentiful materials of fine quality. The oldest among the three stone storage was built in 1851(Kaei 4).

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