Famed for the soft, volcanic rock that’s been mined here for centuries, the Oya area offers visitors the chance to go underground and admire the stone in breathtaking caverns, encounter natural formations, and discover hand-carved statues. With delicious local restaurants, unique souvenir shops, and interesting sights, the Oya area deserves a top spot on your travel bucket list in Japan!
Enjoy a special food and wine pairing dinner in Utsunomiya's secret underground Oya Stone Warehouse.
Tagesan Fudoson, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture
Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture; Utsunomiya Cycling Terminal
30min bus ride from the center of Utsunomiya is Toyusha (Bus stop: Shiroyamachiku Shimin Center), a small pottery studio bursting with creativity […]
Oya stone has a vast and varied history. Take a tour of the old mine, where you’ll find that history is written on the walls.
Ooyaji Temple is said to have been founded in 810 by the famous priest, Kukai (Kobo Daishi). Senju Kannon, a four-meter tall statue carved directl […]
OHYA UNDERGROUND is a passion-project of four local business owners, designed to allow visitors to experience wild, abandoned sections of the defu […]