(Language Institutes; English/Japanese/Other Language Schools)
Kuhio Net tel./fax. 028-634-2110
英会話・ＴＯＥＩＣ 日本語（Japanese Language Lesson)
Step World ステップワールド英語スクール
Utsunomiya English Center (UEC), tel. 028-624-0665 fax.
Nissin Transport (Tochigi), tel. 028-677-4884
(Tokyo), tel. 03-3238-6514 fax. 03-3238-6518
Nissin Transport (Air
cargo, Baraki, Chiba), tel. 047-327-7950
The place to be for leisurely shopping plus new films, American and Japanese, is
the new Fukudaya ('FKD'), or FKD Shopping Mall Inter Park - so called because of
its location by Kaminokawa Interchange of the new route 4. Among the
Starbucks Coffee and Nike Store.
The movie theater, MOVIX, shows some ten latest movies at once
in a single cinema
complex. Check the
titles and timetable. Offers an optional account to purchase
Shopping mall, "Bell
Mall", completed in October 2004, has a movie theater,
which was opened on June 19 prior to the completion of Bell Mall. The
theater runs the movie titles as hot
and the latest as those of MOVIX.
titles and timetable and purchase tickets online for reserved seats.
Japanese Postal Service Yubin Homepage
Postal Services of the Japan Post, established in 2003
Guide to living in Tochigi -Daily life- http://www.pref.tochigi.jp
Postal code and English spelling of the towns in Excel file.
Japan Renta Car, tel.
028-634-7160, fax. 028-639-3599
Orix Renta Car, tel. 028-627-0543
X Renta Car, tel. 028-637-1140
(Translation & Attendance/Guide Services in Japanese/English/Other
tel./fax. 028-634-2110 Location
(Used Honda Cars)
Auto Terrace, Ohtsuka, tel. 028-654-1616
(Road Service & Driving)
Automobiles Federation (JAF)
Switching Overseas Driver's License to Japanese License
The National Police Agency's proposal to stiffen penalties for drunk driving (January 2007)
Drunk Driving, "daiko" <
IUJ > Student Services > Driving & Car Concerns
Gasyuden, Chinese, tel. 028-632-7722; Location bihind the Toyo Bowling; beer Suntory; location
grand-caf'e, tel. 028-632-9119; 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM; closed on Monday
Shanghai Restaurant, Chinese, tel. 028-638-7771;
beer (Super Dry) free serve, or nomihodai for additional payment of 500 yen
to 3,000 yen for a course menu per head; 5:30 PM - 11:00PM *
Sunchan, Korean barbeque, or
yakiniku, tel. 028-636-7791; location opposite Tsutaya across the intersection;
quality beef, karubi, 1,000 yen per plate; beer Suntory
700 yen per large jug, or "nama dai"; 5:00 PM to 3:00 AM *
Shocking Fun, Asian cuisine and pub, tel. 028-636-1625; beer
Suntory open every day; last order 2:00 AM Monday to Thursday, 3:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 12:00 midnight
Sunday; location *
Curry Tajmahal, tel. 028-638-2411; closed on Tuesday
Yasuno, tel. 028-667-7382;
closed on Monday ** (photo, above)
Suntory Beer's Gourmet
Guide for restaurants serving fresh Suntory
in the Utsunomiya Area. Among them, "Yamazaki
is about 10 minuits walk from JR Utsunomiya Station west entrance, opposite the
bowling alley 'Toyo Bowl'.
The restaurants, or more precisely izakaya, serve drinks like pubs but cater to
the gastronomic needs of the customers
who may order something to go well with the drinks.
(Discount Liquor Shops for Suntory
Price at Yamaya
998 yen for a pack of 6-can Malt's
350ml; 3,680 yen for a box of 24-can Malt's
1,180 yen for a pack of 6-can Malt's
Super Rremium 350ml; 4,580 yen for a
box of 24-can Malt's Super Rremium 350ml
Seijo Ishii, whose chain of stores in the Tokyo area is reputed for select food and wine,
has a shop at Paseo in JR Utsunomiya Station. But they don't offer discount for price of Suntory Beer.
Motor Sports and Amusement Park
Twin Ring Motegi
Map: Aerial View of the Twin Ring Motegi Area
Rugby match, 'Top
League's 2006 season: N/A, at Green
Stadium, Kiyohara Industrial Park
Central Fitness Club tel. 028-627-1321
Taxi Kantoh Kohtsu, tel. 028-633-8181 Taxi Hokuto Kohtsu, tel. 028-633-1161
Taxi Daikoh, tel.
Drunk Driving, "daiko"
Buses to and from Narita Airport (Now, Busstop
#5 at Terminal 1, #10 at
Terminal 2; Airlines
at which terminal?; Narita Airport
Purchase a ticket, 4,070 yen, at Keisei Counter); The bus is called "Marronnier Bus",
Departure time from Narita Airport:
Departure time from Utsunomiya Station (location):
How to park
your car and get on the bus to Narita Airport
Kanto Bus and JR Bus: Timetable and chart of busstops at JR Utsunomiya
Station by destination, including Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Shinjuku, Osaka, Kyoto and Twin Ring
Motegi. Take JR bus to go to Twin Ring Motegi, from busstop #3 at JR Utsunomiya Station
Japan Travel Phone
Information Center in JR Utsunomiya Station, tel. 028-636-2177
Infoline (English, Korean
and Chinese), tel. 050-2016-1603
10 AM - 6 PM (except year-end and new year holidays)
Bus Tour to Utsunomiya from Tokyo
Utsunomiya-city and JTB, Japan's top
tour operator, will jointly start a package sightseeing tour by bus from Tokyo on July 26. The bus will leave JR Shinjuku Station at 8:30AM,
tour the Utsunomiya area to visit such sightseeing spots as Oya quarry, famous for its Oya stone that the great
architect Frank Lloyd Wright used to design his masterpiece in Japan, Imperial
Hotel in Tokyo, and organize an occasion to experience cooking gyoza, Utsunomiya's
specialty food, before leaving for Shinjuku at 6:00PM, estimated
arrival time at Shinjuku being 8:00PM.
This day package tour is priced at 5,000 yen. And if you cannot resist
staying on, the package offers a stay at hotel for the night - you will enjoy a night in spots of weekend local hangouts -
followed by tour in the nearby towns of Mashiko with its local railway featuring SL trains and Motegi, where you will
experience making soba noodle, before leaving for Shinjuku, estimated time of arrival being 7:30PM, Sunday. This
one-night package tour is priced at 9,800 to 16,800 yen. Until November 8. Contact JTB Sun-Sun (tel.
03-5245-5566). (Nikkei Jun. 17, 2003)
Train Connection to Tokyo at JR local train Utsunomiya Station
"ekikara.jp" provides weekday- and weekend- minute to
minute timetable for
local trains to Tokyo, mostly bound for Ueno but including express "Rabbit"and weekday morning commuting train for Shinjuku, "Ohayo Tochigi
back, Hometown Tochigi, which leaves Shinjuku at 5:57PM every day.
Ueno, the connecting point for JR trains and subways, is
the gateway to go to cities and towns in Tokyo and Yokohama as well as Tokyo Station.
To go to Haneda Airport to fly to the major cities across
Japan, take the green Yamanote
and the blue Keihin Tohoku Lines and take Tokyo
Monorail at Hamamatsu Cho.
Tokyo Station is the hub of the shinkansen
networks of regional JR companies of Tokai (for Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka,
Kobe, Hiroshima and Hakata, or Fukuoka), Niigata and Yamagata as well as Tohoku,
which links Utsunomiya Fukushima and Sendai with Tokyo station.
Train Connection to
Tokyo at JR shinkansen, or bullet train, Utsunomiya Station
"ekikara.jp" provides weekday- and weekend- minute to
minute timetable for
shinkansen to Tokyo.
Connecting trains to
Utsunomiya is the gateway to Nikko when you come from Tokyo by JR (another
railway Tobu operates direct train services to Nikko, apart from those for Utsunomiya - they
have Tobu Utsunomiya Station some 10 minutes by car to the west of JR Utsunomiya Station -, from
Asakusa in Tokyo). Tobu Railway: Discount Pass for Foreigners
Mostly, unless your preference is the faster but the more expensive Shinkansen , you take Utsunomiya-sen,
or -line, from Ueno Station in Tokyo to
Utsunomiya and transfer to local
In addition, JR and Tobu jointly operate direct train services from Shinjuku Station
in Tokyo to Nikko and back. But Utsunomiya is not among the stations on its route.
Timetable of trains for Nikko from Shinjuku as of Nov. 2006
JR-EAST: Press Release > Compatibility of Suica and PASMO Services to Commence in March 2007
" — Will Allow Seamless Use of Public Transport in Tokyo Metropolitan Area —
• East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Co., Ltd., and PASMO K.K. (PASMO), will commence in March 2007 a joint "IC farecard compatibility service" that can be used by passengers traveling between points in their areas of operation.
• The new service will allow passengers to ride trains and buses operated by JR East, private railway companies, and other operators in the Tokyo metropolitan area using a single IC
farecard. And so on"
( JR-East Dec. 21, 2005)
Japan Railways Seat Reservation Service - Shinkansen (Super Express), Narita
online reservations - Membership
registration is required. Reserve the seats on
Shinkansen and Narita Express on the
Internet, no less than 3 days and no more than
1 month before the scheduled trip on the trains; JR
East, which covers the Kanto region,
including Tokyo and Utsunomiya, initiates this
service for reservations for Shinkansen
for Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima,
Fukuoka, etc. and limits the booking offices
for issuing tickets to the stations of JR
East. (Nikkei Dec. 12, 2001)
Hills - a miniature British village
80 minutes from Tokyo, 20 minuites from Utsunomiya by Shinkansen.
Get off at Shin Shirakawa station.
- spacious leisure facilities, owned by Utsunomiya-city, well planned for the
young and the old alike, including markets for local agricultural products and beer, spa,
hiking trails in the woods and gardening/farming workshop. It also has a restaurant featuring soba
noodle, barbeque and local beer fresh from in-house brewery, called "ji-beer".
restaurant offers a menue of barbecue and beverages, including Suntory
Malt's beer, served as much
as you request for a fixed price of 3,500 yen for men and 2,800 yen for women. Ask for "tabe-hodai" and watch
out, they limit last order to 90 minutes
after the grill fire is turned on or even may request you to finish and leave
after 90 minutes.
Utsunomiya City Library -
Utsunomiya City operates two libraries:
City Library, at Akebono adjacent to Bunka
Kaikan, or City Cultural Hall, close to Takiya-cho; closed on Friday;
tel. 636-0231; and
City Higashi, or East, Library, adjacent to City Higashi Community Center;
Accessible from JR Utsunomiya Station East Exit by bus for Higashi Community
just in front of Gyoza Statue); bus timetable;
closed on Monday; tel. 638-5614
Utsunomiya City Museum - located to the northwest
or 11-o'clock direction of JR Utsunomiya Station, it holds various exhibitions. But it is an interesting architecture
on its own light, surrounded by the spacious, scenic and sunny expanse of nature and the affluent residential community of
Toyosatodai with Teikyo University's campus on the hill and amenities such as the shopping center
"Muse". Some Americans, who are learning Japanese, are confused and think the name means a shop, or mise.
In my assumption,
it is named after the nearby museum. Utsunomiya City Museum is open 9:30
AM and closed 4:30 PM, is closed on Monday. The bus service is available from Utsunomiya Station
West Gate, or Nishi Guchi, bus stop #5, leaving at
9:15, 9:55, 11:15, 11:42, 13: 15, 14:20 and 15:05. It takes about 25
minutes via Toyosatodai and Teikyo University.
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts - located to the west
of JR Utsunomiya Station,
10 minutes by bus, say 'bijutsukan ni ikimasuka?'; parking behind Ashikaga Bank
Government ("Tochigi Kencho")
Tochigi Prefecture for foreign residents: Foreign Resident Registration
("alien registration", gaikokujin toroku); Name-seal Registration (inkan, or hanko, toroku); Re-entry Permit; etc.
Utsunomiya City Hall
("Utsunomiya Shiyakusho") tel. 028-632-2222
Alien Registration, tel. 028-632-2263;
Counseling for domestic issues, including domestic violence, tel.
028-636-5731, and marriage intermediary, tel. 028-636-5730;
Counseling for gender issues, including women's forum programs, tel.
Conference Facilities, for meetings, cooking and musical circles or playing
Japanese chess, or shogi,
Facilities, for gyms and weight-training