Ashikaga is the 3rd biggest city in Tochigi Prefecture. 150,000 people lives in this city. Historically, Ashikaga is the birth place of Ashikaga clan, Seiwa-Genji, and Ashikaga Takauji, the first Muromachi Shogun was born here.
... is Shingon Buddhist Temple which also known as the ruins of Ashikaga clan's house. Minamoto no Yoshiyasu built the house in the middle of 12th century. In 1196, Ashikaga Yoshikane became a priest, and named it Banna. Today, Bannaji is chosen as the historical asset of Japan.
... is the first established school in Japan. In 1487, it appears in record at first by the letter of Uesugi Norisane. During the Sengoku Period, 3,000 students studied at this school. The gates, gardens, and buildings have been remaining since 17th century.
Ashikaga Fireworks Festival happens in the beginning of August. It is one of the biggest fireworks in Kanto.
Yoroi Toshikosi happens at Setsubun, February 3.