Spots in Gunma Area

  • Kusatsu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Kusatsumachi Kusatsu
    A hot spring area counted as one of Japan’s three most famous. With over 100 source springs, the area generates some 32 thousand liters of natural hot spring water every minute, the greatest production volume in Japan. Since ancient times, the area has flourished as a therapeutic spa, and unique, long-standing traditions remain deeply rooted here, such as the custom of “yumomi,” the cooling of extremely hot spring waters by agitating them with thick wooden planks; and “jikan-yu” timed bathing, a practice distinct to Kusatsu which emerged in the late Edo period. The area’s primarily acidic springs are known for their powerful antibacterial properties, and it is even said they will “treat any disease other than love sickness.” The area is dotted with art museums and is also known as an art town.
  • Haruna Shrine
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    4.5
    365 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunasanmachi 849
    This shrine is located in Harunasan-machi, Takasaki City, Gunma prefecture. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Emperor Youmei over 1,400 years ago, and provides divine favors for successful businesses and crops. The inner shrine and various buildings have been a designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan and the shrine’s Yatate-sugi (cedar trees) are designated a Natural Monument of Japan.

    After an hour and fifteen minute journey from Takasaki station we discovered that the shrine was closed. The premises were open so we could walk around but the main shrine had a screen so couldnt...

  • Manza Prince Hotel
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    4.0
    411 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura Manza Onsen
    This is the sister hotel of the Manza Kogen Hotel and is located at an altitude of around 1,800 meters. It is located approximately 80 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Usui-Karuizawa Interchange. Visitors can enjoy the three hot springs, including the Komakusa no Yu, with its view of the mountains and the star-filled sky, and the Shakunage no Yu, which is a roofed outdoor bath reserved for women only. The spring water is a characteristic cloudy color with its high sulfur content. It is an acidic, sulfuric magnesium sodium sulfur chloride spring. It is said to have a skin cleansing effect and to be effective for nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, etc. All of the guest rooms have free Wi-fi and it is also possible for non-guests of the hotel to use the baths.

    This was a very large hotel with many sections; easy to get lost in. Overall very comfortable. The staff were very kind and allowed an early check in nearly 11am when normally the check in was 3pm...

  • Shima Onsen Shakuzen
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    4.0
    329 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima Onsen

    Interesting onsen with several baths and lots of character. We stayed in the middle building in a traditional room, which was nicely decorated and comfortable. The Roman style baths were an unusual...

  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    355 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara 1053
    This beautiful scenery was created from the lava that flowed out and spread when Mt. Asama had its giant eruption in 1783. The sight of the giant lava boulders scattered around makes for an impressive sight. In spring the lovely alpine plants bloom in profusion, while visitors can enjoy the changing leaves in the fall. The contrast with the deep black earth is indeed a sight to behold.

    どこを見ても溶岩に囲われていて、自然の凄さや強さを感じることができる場所でした。 景色も良く30分ほど歩きました。 一度は訪れるべき、おすすめの場所です。 I drove there at late February. There is nice view and I felt the power of nature. I walked for about 30 minutes there...

  • Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa
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    3.5
    410 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoimura O-mae Hoso Hara 2277
    A hotel resort in Omae Hosohara, Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County. The resort centers around four main buildings equipped with various types of guest rooms including dedicated rooms for those with babies, and also features the Akatsuki-no-Yu natural hot spring bathhouse. With an arrangement of various leisure facilities throughout the vast resort including a golf course, tennis courts, dog hotel, church, cafe, and a number of different shops you can thoroughly enjoy your stay surrounded by the nature of the highlands. Located just a one-minute drive away from the resort is the Karuizawa Toy Kingdom amusement park.

    I recently stayed for 2 nights with my wife and 2 children (2.5 and 5 years old). The free shuttle bus from Karuizawa station took 40 minutes and is a pleasant drive up the mountain. Check in was...

  • Sainokawara Open-Air Bath
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    4.0
    302 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 521-3
    Sainokawara Open-Air Bath is one of Japan’s largest open-air baths nestled within wide open natural splendor. Here you can enjoy all the changes of the seasons from the fresh verdure in early summer, to the changing color of the leaves in autumn, and the snowy landscapes in the winter. And in the evenings, gaze at the night sky full of stars. The source of the hot spring is an ever hot well, almost as hot as magma, from within Kusastu Onsen. Because the water temperature is as high as about 95 degrees the spring water has an anti-inflammatory and sterilizing effect. It is also beneficial for burns and those suffering from nerve pains. There are separate changing rooms for both men and women but no washing facilities.

    This very large outdoor pool in the park is said to be able to accommodate 100 people. I was the only one using it! We stayed in Kusatsu for 3 nights and chose to visit here on the rainy day of our...

  • Gunma Safari Park
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Okamoto 1
    This safari park is located in Okamoto, Tomioka City. There’s a bus that visitors can ride and feed lions and various herbivores, as well as a night safari, a bird show, and other activities for observing the animals. There are many other intriguing sights, including the “Wild Cat World” walking safari, which lets you observe tigers, lions, and other felines up close, and the “Wolf Forest/Wolf Repopulation Center” where endangered wolves are bred and available for viewing.

    I like animals, but dont like seeing animals locked up. While the animals are not in small cages they are still enclosed in areas that arent big enoug for them to run around in they also have roads...

  • Canyons Minakami
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    5.0
    274 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Prefecture Tone-gun Minakami-cho Yusu 45
    This outdoor activity center is located a 10-minute drive from the Minakami Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. With the support of the center's skilled staff, visitors can enjoy a variety of activity tours. Go on a canyoning tour and climb up mountain streams and slide down natural waterslides wearing a wetsuit and helmet. During early summer and fall, the center offers river rafting; in winter, snow sports such as snowshoeing; no matter the time of year, the center has activities through which you can get in touch with nature. The center has courses for everyone from beginners to advanced practitioners, so even those not confident in their physical abilities can have fun.

    it was a disaster! I booked the lesson at Gala Yuzuwa but there was a weather issue so the park is closed. thier colleague called me to communicate and we both agreed to cancel the lesson because...

  • Tanigawadake Ropeway
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    4.0
    196 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma prefecture Tone-gun Minakami-machi Yuzonso Yu Fukayama National Forest Tanigawa-dake ropeway
    This ropeway spanning Tanigawadake at the border of Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture connects the 746-meter altitude Doaiguchi Station with the Tenjindaira Station located at an altitude of 1,319 meters. There is also an observatory, and visitors can use a lift to reach Tenjin Toge Pass which is the start of a hiking route. The trekking course from Tenjin Toge follows the mountain ridge and takes about two and a half hours, and is a veritable treasure house for plants such as Hosobahinayukiso (a kind of Leontopodium Fairriei). The large 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the mountain affords spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains, and is a very popular hiking course that is suitable even beginners.

    The cable car will take you up the mountain and the chairlift will send you further up after the cable car ride. Take note the chairlift fee is not included in the cable car ride ticket. It is...

  • Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Kusatsumachi Shiranekokuyurin 158 Rinhan
    This ski resort is situated along National Route 292 in Kusatsu Town. The resort's 8,000-meter-long slope is outfitted with nine courses and experiences a 926 meter difference in elevation. In addition, resort visitors can strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek amidst forest or make their way to the crater lake at Mt. Shirane. The resort also has a kids park and offers a daycare service.

    This place is a very good place but since the volcano erupted,they closed the top.But it is still a fun place to ski and the staff for the restraints ext. is very nice.

  • Mizusawa Kanzeon
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    4.0
    204 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachimizusawa 214
    The Mizusawa Kanzeon is a Buddhist deity in a temple of the Tendai sect in Mizusawa, Ikaho Town, Shibukawa City. The temple was founded by the order of Empress Suiko and boasts a history of more than 1,300 years. Its principal image is a bronze statue of the eleven-faced Buddha, Juichimen Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu, rarely shown to the public and said to have miraculous powers to assist all those who pray to her. The Mizusawa Temple is the 16th in the Bando 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage circuit of 33 Buddhist temples in Eastern Japan.

    A nice temple that’s worth a stop. Great coffee in the parking lot. Push the temple roller around like you’re Conan for a blessing

  • Netsu no Yu
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    4.0
    333 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 414
    Netsu no Yu in Kusatsu Hot Spring is a sightseeing facility where you can experience “yumomi,” a type of performance that has been passed down since the Edo period. Besides experiencing yumomi by following the lead of the female performers, there are many other daily events you can enjoy, such as the “yumomi dance show.” Particularly popular is the “yumomi-kun show,” which is performed by the “Thespakusatsu Challengers,” a sub-group of the “Thespakusatsu,” a local pro soccer team.

    Came here with our tour group and at first i was wondering why we had to see this but i quickly changed my mind. This show was impressive. The effort that these ladies put into their show is awesome...

  • Roadside Station Laran Fujioka
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    4.0
    145 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Naka 1131-8
    This roadside station is located just off the Joshin-etsu Expressway Fujioka Interchange and can be accessed from the Expressway or from the public road. In addition to the fresh specialty vegetables such as tomatoes and strawberries and processed foods sold by the agricultural direct sales outlet, visitors can also enjoy the soft cream which is made with free range Jersey milk from the Kozu Ranch, which is known as the oldest western-style ranch in Japan. There is also the Gourmet Plaza, where visitors can enjoy various dishes, and the Fairytale Plaza miniature amusement park with its Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round, illumination of which can be enjoyed every year from late October to late January.

    胡蝶蘭専門店オーキッドハウスに退職祝いの 蘭の花を買いに来たら、道の駅でした。 鉢を新幹線で持ち帰ると話したら、大きなスターバックスの手提げに入れて下さったので無事に持ち帰れました。有難うございました。 素敵な蘭の花を格安で買えて、野菜や揚げたてのトンカツやコロッケも買えました。 買い物に疲れたら大好きな原田のラスクのお店が入っていて、コーヒーと抹茶アイクリームを頼んだらラスクが一枚のっていて感...

  • Roadside Station Takumi no sato
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    4.0
    210 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sukawa 847
    This roadside station is located at the entrance of Takumi no Sato, on Gunma Nakanojo-yugawara Prefectural Route 53, which hosts a variety of historical agricultural experience facilities. There is an information center with guide maps of the village and also rental bicycles ideal for exploring. The restaurant’s Galettes, which are made in a similar way to crepes with 100% Minakami-produced buckwheat flour and topped with seasonal vegetables and mushrooms, are also very popular. The direct sales outlet sells seasonal produce such as freshly picked local vegetables. There are also Konjac-making experiences available for visitors to enjoy.

    When doing travel, I want more than sightseeing or taking photos. I love to join workshops to experience/study the countrys culture. Honestly this is my most memorable experience in Japan! I went...

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan 4-2
    The Akagi-jinja Shrine is located at the top of Mt. Akagi. It has been known as a mountain where gods have resided since ancient times. Mt. Akagi is the main enshrined deity and Akagi Daimyojin is worshiped as the god of the lake. On the first Saturday of August, the Soke, or Grand Master, in charge of Ogasawara style Japanese horseback archery etiquette and his disciples hold a Japanese archery dedicatory match. At night, paper lanterns are set adrift in a ceremony called Toronagashi accompanied by a firework display and every year many tourists visit the festival. The Autumn Festival held on the national Sports day in October is also very popular.

    大沼湖は冬は凍るんですね。素晴らしい景色! わかさぎ釣りで有名なところで、たくさんの人が来ていました!

  • Tambara Lavender Park
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    3.5
    156 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tamahara Plateau Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
    Tambara Lavender Park is a facility that opens every year from late June to early September where a lavender field and more than 100 types of wonderful flowers can be seen. In the summer two lifts operate and visitors can see the Tambara groves and highlands as well as the lavender fields from above, as if walking on air. Also a lavender oil extraction demonstration and a craft experience are available for visitors. It is located 30 minutes from the Numata Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.

    This is another romantic place of my summer trip in Japan. Very smelly of Lavender, everything purple color. The restaurant also located at hill, not much menu choice. I went there at the day of a...

  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    192 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Omae Hosono 2277
    A theme park located in Omae-hosohara, Tsumagoi Village, you’ll find plenty of attractions here, including the “Toy Room Area,” which is filled with toys from across all eras, the “Nature Athletic Area,” which utilizes Karuizawa’s natural scenery to provide entertainment, and the “Attraction Area,” which has something for children of all ages. If you have a free pass, you can get a discount on Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa’s lunch buffet and hot spring, which makes this a great option for a day trip.

    It’s perfect weather, by all means. Sunny, calm, as anybody can see, as any app online said. Yet the largest attraction (Kids Adventure) is closed, because the staff thinks it’s windy. There’s no...

  • Ikaho Green Bokujo
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    3.5
    173 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Shibukawa-shi Kanai 2844-1

    渋川方面から行くと伊香保温泉手前にあります。馬にヤギ、羊にウサギと触れあえます。入場料の他に、餌やりようの野菜などにちょこちょこと掛かります。一部ペイペイで支払い可能でした。ウサギのふれあいは時間が決まってました。 乗馬体験やアーチェリーもあり小学校高学年でも楽しめたようです。大人からすると入場料は少し高いかな。

  • Takasaki Byakui Daikannon
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Ishiharamachi Guanyinshan
    A symbol of Takasaki City, the Takasaki Byakui Daikannon is a giant reinforced concrete statue of the Buddhist bodhisattva Kannon (Guanyin) which was erected in 1936. The white gown the statue is wearing represents the pure heart that is needed to attain enlightenment. 41.8 meters tall and approximately six thousand tons in weight, the statue was the biggest of its kind in Asia when it was first constructed. The interior of the statue is lined with 20 figures of the Buddha and high priests; visitors can also climb up to the statue’s ninth floor (shoulder height). In recent years, the statue has come to be popularly known for providing luck in finding love and marriage, and on Valentine’s Day, the Red Thread Prayer Festival is held at the statute, referencing the invisible red thread of fate said to tie true lovers together.

    I actually visited before cherry blossom in Gunma, but they have some early bloom species, and when taken with the statue, the effect is very breathtaking. Other than that, entrance to the temple is...

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Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.

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