[Touring] [Tochigi Prefecture] Motorcycle trip to Otani Museum! A solo trip through the history of mining | Parking too

Hello, I’m _hiroyuki.ta, a moto blogger.

This time, I toured to the Otani Museum in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture on my favorite Harley Sports Glide (FLSB).


What is Otani Museum?

The Otani Museum is a tourist facility located in the underground space of the former Otani stone quarry in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Oya stone is a type of limestone produced in Utsunomiya and Kanuma cities in Tochigi prefecture, and is a stone with excellent durability and workability. The Otani Museum has renovated the underground space where the Otani stone was mined into exhibition rooms, halls, and event spaces, where various events and exhibitions are held.

Route to Otani Museum

It takes about 2 hours to reach the Otani Museum from central Tokyo via the Tohoku Expressway and National Route 119.

The specific route is as follows.

  • From central Tokyo take the Tohoku Expressway towards Utsunomiya
  • Get off at the Utsunomiya Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.
  • Take National Route 119 towards Otani Museum
  • To Otani Museum

Highlights of Otani Museum


The highlights of the Otani Museum can be divided into three main areas:

Scale of underground space

The Otani Museum is located 100 meters underground and is approximately the size of four Tokyo Domes. The scale of the underground space is truly impressive.

History of Oya Stone

At the Otani Museum, you can see various exhibits about the history of mining and processing Otani stone. You can learn how Oya stone is produced and how it has been used.

Various events and exhibitions

In addition to permanent exhibitions, the Otani Museum holds various events and exhibitions. You can check the latest event information on the Otani Museum’s official website.


There are two motorcycle parking lots at the Otani Museum, but you will need to use the second parking lot.

Otani Museum second parking lot

This is the second parking lot of Otani Museum. It can accommodate approximately 50 cars and is free of charge. The first parking lot cannot be used as it is a priority vehicle and bus parking lot.


Otani Museum is a popular tourist spot where you can experience the history and culture of Otani stone. Why not enjoy the charm of Otani Museum while touring on a motorcycle?