We have launched the website that provides as main contents, the interviews of overseas students who have come to Japan to realize their dreams, and useful information about daily life, information on sightseeing, as well as the videos on the appeals of traditional crafts and local food. This website posts information that is useful not only for overseas students but also for those who are planning to come to Tochigi Prefecture and those who have just arrived here in Tochigi, etc. We'd like everyone, not only overseas students, to make use of this website.
Tochigi Prefecture is one of the administrative divisions of Japan, and it's an inland prefecture located in the north Kanto region.
It consists of 14 cities and 11 towns, and the capital is the city of Utsunomiya. Utsunomiya City is located about 100km from Tokyo, a 50-minute ride of JR Tohoku-shinkansen, and has convenient access to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) and Narita International Airport.
Being a bit longer than wider, Tochigi Prefecture is shaped almost like an oval. The Kanto Plain extends from its center to the south. In the north there are ranges of mountains as high as 2,000 m. It boasts the Shrines and Temples of Nikko, a world heritage site, Japan's No.1 strawberry-producing, as well as the abundance of nature, agricultural and livestock products and tourism resources, etc. Tochigi has a wide array of manufacturing industries, from big corporations to small and medium-sized corporations known for the high level of their technology, so that it has acquired the name of "Monozukuri-ken" (manufacturing prefecture).
As of May 2014, there are 677 overseas students enrolled in the universities, junior colleges and colleges of technology in Tochigi Prefecture. We hope them to know as many "good things" of Tochigi as possible that remain with them as cherished memories of their school days in Japan.
Prefectural tree "
Tochi no ki"
Prefectural animal "
Prefectural flower "
Prefectural bird "