In the early Meiji period, the city of Tochigi was the Prefectural capital of the old Tochigi Prefecture. After the old Utsunomiya Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture merged, Tochigi City was briefly the prefectural capital. The capital was moved to Utsunomiya soon after.[source?]
- Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), Tochigi (Tochigi City, Tochigi Pref.); retrieved 2012-9-11.