Tochigi Prefecture's
Agricultural and
Livestock Products

Tochigi prefecture has eight prefectural parks, including Nikko National Park, with many historical and cultural assets rich in nature. The four seasons are clearly defined, offering a particularly impressive atmosphere even for Japan. Tochigi prefecture extends from 80 kilometers north of Tokyo to 180 kilometers further northward. The northern part of the prefecture is surrounded by mountains with altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 meters. Vast fields spread across the southern part of the prefecture.
Beautiful Nikko National Park is considered to not only represent the prefecture but the whole nation because of its diverse features. The cultural assets inside the park have a history of 1200 years, and Nikko Tosho-gu (shrine), Nikko-zan Rinnoji (temple) and Nikko Futarasan Jinja (shrine) are registered as World Heritage sites. The scenery, which changes each season is hauntingly beautiful.
In Tochigi, many performing arts and handicraft traditions have been passed down. Additionally, hot springs have been known since ancient times and many high-quality hot springs are still gushing out.
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Prefecture

Tochigi prefecture's nature and culture


Lake Chuzenji

Nikko Tosho-gu

Shojinzawa spring water

Mashiko-yaki(pottery)

Strawberry-picking garden

Hot spring

Kamakura Festival

Sweetfish fishing in Nakagawa River
 

Products

What makes Tochigi's agricultural products so delicious?

Tochigi prefecture satisfies the three conditions essential for agricultural production: fertile land, abundant water, and sunshine. Here, artisans devote themselves to making tasty and high-quality produce. There are many earnest people in Tochigi. Farmers always devote their effort to grow delicious agricultural products day after day.

Devotion to reliability and safty

A detailed history of production is kept in order to provide safe and secure agricultural produce to customers. Painstaking attention to safety and reliability of products means each producer practices proper production control and uses the minimum necessary amount of agricultural chemicals, etc.

Tochigi's agricultural calendar

Tochigi Rice
Nasuhikari-Koshihikari
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Tochigi Wagyu
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Strawberry TOCHIOTOME
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Pear NIKKORI
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Grape KYOHO
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Tochigi Rice

Rice is essential for Japanese dishes.

Tochigi prefecture is a major rice production area in Japan. Tochigi Rice is produced in fertile land watered by the clear and abundant streams flowing down from the mountains in Nikko and Nasu. Among various rice breeds, we especially recommend “Nasuhikari,” which is an original breed exclusive to tochigi. Nasuhikari was graded “Special A” in eating-quality rankings in Japan. Nasuhikari,a varietal improvement of Koshihikari has large and flavorful grains and firm texture. Each bite fills your mouth with suotle sweetness. It is not only perfect for eating hot, but also suitable as sushi rice because it is delicious even after cooling down.
Product name:
Nasuhikari
Product features:
Nasuhikari is a varietal improvement of Koshihikari and its grains are large and firm. Nasuhikari was graded “Special A”, the highest grade in eating-quality ranking in Japan.

Product name:
Specially cultivated Koshihikari
Product features:
Koshihikari is specially cultivated with half the amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers compared with the common cultivation. The rice is wash-free.

Rice production process


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Tochigi Wagyu

Japanese representative luxury food ''Tochigi Wagyu''

Tochigi Wagyu is Japanese Kuroge beef fatted by designated producers, and is a brand name only given to dressed beef graded 4 of A/B or higher (A5 is the highest).
Tender prime rib and sirloin are best as steak. Shoulder roast is suited for sukiyaki and thigh is good for grilling.

Tochigi Wagyu -- Japan's best

''Tochigi Wagyu'' won the highest award or the Honor Award, defeating such noted beef brands as Maezawa Beef and Matsuzaka Beef in the fiscal 2009 National Dressed Beef Competition and in the fiscal 2011 Zenno Dressed Beef Competition, and became the best beef in Japan.

Cuts of beef


1 Chuck roll
2 Shoulder clod
3 Neck
4 Chuck tender
5 Brisket
6 Shank
7 Fillet
8 Ribloin
9 Sirloin
10 2 Rib short rib
11 Short plate
12 Gooseneck round
13 Top-round
14 D Rump
15 Knuckle


Chuck roll
Characteristics:
Well-marbled with fat, thick, tender and flavorful
Recommended cooking:
Steak, grilled beef, sukiyaki, and shabushabu

Fillet
Characteristics:
Fillet, which is a cut on the inner side of roast, is muscle that rarely gets exercise. A high-class cut, especially fine-textured, tender, and lean.
Recommended cooking:
Steak, grilled beef, and roast beef

Ribloin
Characteristics:
Well-marbled with fat, thick, fine-textured, tender, and profound taste with some sweetness
Recommended cooking:
Steak, sukiyaki, and shabushabu

Sirloin
Characteristics:
Fine-textured, tender, and profound taste with some sweetness.A high-class cut like fillet.
Recommended cooking:
Steak, sukiyaki, and shabushabu

D Rump
Characteristics:
Red meat, fine-textured, moderately fatty, and tender.
Recommended cooking:
Steak and roast beef

Knuckle
Characteristics:
Spherically shaped cut, overall lean with less fat.
Recommended cooking:
Steak, grilled beef, sukiyaki, and shabushabu

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Strawberry TOCHIOTOME

''Tochiotome''. fruit that represents Japanese winter.

''Tochiotome,''produced in Tochigi prefecture, is very popular with everyone from children to elderly people. One bite of sweet and juicy “Tochiotome” makes you very happy.
It is tasty as a dessert by itself, and is also delicious when used for a cake, topping for a parfait, or mixed with vanilla ice cream.
Product name:
Tochiotome
Product features:
Large size, and delicious as-is.It’s hearty volume makes it a great gift.

Product name:
Tochiotome
Product features:
Perfect size for a cake or parfait topping. Of course, it is also delicious as-is.

Tochiotome Japan's best

Tochigi prefecture has been No. 1 in Japan for strawberry production volume for 43 consecutive years. Tochigi produces 16% of all strawberries produced in the country.

Tastiness Tips

Strawberries are sweeter in the tip area than the stem side.
Therefore, sweetness is emphasized by eating them from the stem side and working toward the tip to make them even more delicious.

Tochiotome production process

July

Cultivate strong seedlings.
September

Settle carefully grown seedlings in the plastic greenhouse.
November

Honey bees fly among flowers in bloom to pollinate them.
December-March

Reddened strawberries will be picked early in the morning.

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Pear NIKKORI

''Nikkori'' is known for its large size ''Tochigi's Pear of pride''

Tochigi prefecture’ s original variety “Nikkori” is harvested in mid-October. This is a new variety produced by crossing full-figured Niitaka and flavorful Hosui. A large pear can weigh over 1kg. Nikkori has perfect taste and aroma, and it’s popularity is growing. Harvesting continues until November, and if well stored in a cool dark place, Nikkori will remain delicious and can be enjoyed until the following spring (early February).

Product name:
Nikkori
Product features:
This is also a very popular gift.

Product name:
Nikkori
Product features:
This is also a very popular gift.

Nikkori's characteristics


  • The name ''Nikkori'' originates from ''Nikko,'' which is a World Heritage site, and ''Ri'' (a Chinese character that means ''pear'')
  • The harvest is from October to early November; this product can be stored for a long period so it can be enjoyed until the following spring (early February).
  • A large pear can weigh over 1 kg. The average fruit weight is 900 g.
  • Light taste and very juicy. The average sugar content is 12.5%.

Nikkori production process

April

White flowers open up all at once.
May

Immature fruit is trimmed to retain larger fruit.
June

Fruit is again thinned and the remaining pears become especially large and sweet.
LateOctober-November

Harvest begins for the sunshine-bathed fruit.

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Grape KYOHO

''KYOHO'' known for its high sweetness

KYOHO is a famous Japanese grape. The deep purple fruit is covered by a natural layer of wax called ''bloom''. This bloom protects the fruit, so extreme caution is used to avoid touching grapes during production and shipping.
Harvesting of greenhouse grapes starts after the Golden Week holiday at the end of April. KYOHO are those grown outdoors are harvested from summer until early autumn. Characterized by rich color, low sourness, excellent taste, large size, and prime sweetness. The skin is not eaten.
Product name:
Kyoho (seedless)
Product features:
Firm, large-sized, very sweet. This Kyoho is seedless and easy to eat.

Product name:
Kyoho (with seeds)
Product features:
For export, Kyoho is harvested in the morning for the highest possible freshness. Only good-tasting fruit is shipped.

Product name:
Kyoho (in a fancy box)
Product features:
Especially high-quality grapes are selected from the harvest. Being large in volume, Kyoho is a great gift.

Producers' efforts

Producers carefully and continually thin out superfluous grapes one by one, thus taking the time to shape each cluster into perfect form. They check sugar content and sourness before harvesting, and harvest the good-tasting fruit at just the right time.
Also, they only ship grapes with a sugar content of 18% or higher according to the association' s original voluntary test regulation.

Kyoho production process

March-May

Tie vines to trellises.
LateMarch-June

Thin excess buds to grow remaining grapes larger.
LateApril-LateJune

Drops excess grapes to leave large and sweet ones.
June-September

Harvest jewel necklace-like clusters.

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Association

一般社団法人 とちぎ農産物マーケティング協会
Tochigi Agricultural Produce Marketing Association
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