From top, Tchatching roof built of Ashikaga School, Ashikaga Flower Park, View of Downtown Ashikaga and Watarase River, Banna Temple, Ashikaga Municipal Art Museum, Soun Art Museum, Kurita Art Museum
Location of Ashikaga in Tochigi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Minoru Omamiuda|
|• Total||177.82 km2 (68.66 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Ashikaga has long been noted for its textile industry, but in recent years it has also become known as an industrial and commercial city producing various aluminum, machine metal works and products.
Ashikaga is home to Ashikaga Kogyō Daigaku Fuzoku High School for boys, as well as Ashikaga Tanki Daigaku Fuzoku High School for girls. These are notable due to a 19-year standing foreign exchange program with Elk Grove High School, in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The city was also recently named a special area for English education by the Japanese government, as all the junior high schools have native English-speaking ALTs, one hailing from Ashikaga's sister City, Springfield (Illinois), United States.
- Ashikaga Gakkō (足利学校):referred to as the oldest school in Japan.
- Ashikaga Flower Park (足利フラワーパーク）:Japan's oldest and largest wisteria.
Other locations popular with domestic tourists include
- Orihime Shrine（織姫神社): This shrine was built in 1879,the guardians of the textile city, Ashikaga.
- Bannaji Temple（鑁阿寺): A temple known for its association with the Ashikaga clan.
- Kurita Museum (栗田美術館): This museum has a fine collection of Imari and Nabeshima porcelains.
The Watarase River Fireworks display, which takes places on the first Saturday of August attracts thousands of people from around the Kantō area.
The foothills on the outskirts of town are home to Coco Farm & Winery. Founded around 1950, the vineyards are tended by adults with special needs and staff members living in community. During the third weekend of November, a harvest festival is held with live music and wine-tasting. Thousands of visitors attend every year.
- Route 50: for Maebashi or Mito
- Route 293: for Hitachi
- Route 407: for Iruma
- Ryomo Line(Ashikaga Station): for Takasaki or Oyama
- Tobu Isesaki line(Ashikagashi Station): for Asakusa or Isesaki
- Intercity/Express bus: for Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Toyama and Sendai
Media related to Ashikaga, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons
- Ashikaga City official website (Japanese)
- Ashikaga City official website (English) (very little information)
- Coco Farm & Winery Home Page
- Ashikaga Flower Park
- Ashikaga travel guide from Wikivoyage