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Tochigi Prefecture


Prefecture/City: Tochigi Prefecture
Capital/Prefecture: Utsunomiya City
Governor/Mayor: Tomikazu Fukuda
Area: 6,408 square km (2,474 square miles)
Population: 1.99 million as of October 2013
Flower: Yatsuo tsutsuji (a kind of rhododendron)
Tree: Japanese horse chestnut
Bird: Blue-and-white flycatcher
Business & Industry:

A part of the northern Kanto manufacturing belt, Tochigi has many factories involved in the production of automobiles, hard disks and other technological devices. Mountain water flowing in abundance from north of the prefecture supports a lucrative farming industry, including rice production, strawberries and milk.

Tourism & Culture:

At Nikko Toshogu Shrine, visitors can see magnificent architecture and art from the early Edo Period, hike through the surrounding national park and take a bath in a hot-springs spa. Yuba (delicate soymilk skin) around Lake Chuzenji is said to be some of the best.

Famous for:

The spectacular Nikko Toshogu Shrine, lush national parks and gyoza (Japanese dumplings). Traditional sites and nature abound.