Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Shimotsuke Province highlighted
Shimotsuke Province (下野国 Shimotsuke-no kuni) is an old province of Japan in the area of Tochigi Prefecture in the Kantō region. It was sometimes called Yashū (野州) or Shimotsuke-shū (下野州).
The ancient capital of the province was near the city of Tochigi, but in feudal times the main center of the province was near the modern capital, Utsunomiya.
Different parts of Shimotsuke were held by a variety of small daimyo during the Sengoku period.
Tokugawa Ieyasu's tomb and shrine are located at Nikkō, in Shimotsuke.
Futarasan jinja was designated as the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) for the province.
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