Main City: Utsunomiya
Population: 1,921,000 people, ranking 19/47 prefectures (2021)
Area: 6,408.28 km²
Geographical / Landscape description
Located in the centre of the landlocked prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kanto region. The northern part is characterized by high mountains: Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake (1,917 m).
The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.
Recent history, culture
In the early 17th century, Japan was unified by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. After his death, the Toshogu shrine was built in Nikko on what the shoguns thought of as holy ground to protect and worship Ieyasu. Today, it is one of the most touristic places of Japan. A motto says: Don't say 'magnificent' until you've seen Nikko. 
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