Spots in Gunma Area

  • Haruna Shrine
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    4.5
    355 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.

    Despite renewal work that will continue for another five years, the trip to Haruna Jinja is one well-worth making. It will not disappoint.

  • 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.
  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    348 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...

  • Tanigawadake Ropeway
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    4.0
    191 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.

    I have mild height phobia so it’s a thrill ride for me. Beautiful views that change as you go higher. I went in summer so you can imagine how much more beautiful in autumn! Not cheap , 2000+¥. The...

  • Konnyaku Park
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    4.0
    289 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunkanramachi Obata 204-1
    This konjac-themed interactive facility is located in Obata, Kanra Town, Kanra County. Visitors can tour a factory and learn about the konjac production process, experience making konjac jelly and handmade konjac (reservations required by the day before), and other activities to deepen their knowledge about konjac. There’s also an all-you-can-take-home course and a free konjac buffet that lets visitors have their fill of konjac.

    Took a factory tour. When I visited here on Sunday, most of the production lines are stopped. The explanation is too obvious for me. No fun nor learning. The tasting of the konnyaku products is like...

  • Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa
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    3.5
    413 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...

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    108 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.

    Drove to the shrine which has free parking. The bridge to the shrine adds to the picture. It was a quiet day as it was partly misty. A must when in the area.

  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    190 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.

    Nice place for children 10 years old and under with loads of activities and amusements to keep them occupied. For older kids it is not so interesting after a while. The park is getting tired but was...

  • Otaki no Yu
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    4.5
    201 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    596-13 Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
    This is a day-trip onsen facility located in the eastern side of Kusatsu Onsen that has been loved as a well-known hot spring since long ago. The onsen draws in hot water from the nikawa source which is also known as “bijin no yu” (hot water for beautiful women). It is famous for its “awase yu” in which people soak in order at four baths which all have slightly different temperatures. In addition to enjoying the spacious large bathtub, rotemburo (outdoor bath) and utase-yu (waterfall bath), there is also a private available by reservation. The facility includes a lounge area, restaurant, souvenir shop, and café on the premises, so visitors can fully enjoy their onsen experience with relaxing strolls to take a break.

    Good super sentou style onsen, with inside baths, outside baths, sauna and awase-yu:smaller bathtubs with different temperatures (39 - 46 degrees, best tried in that order to get used to the...

  • Roadside Station Laran Fujioka
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    4.0
    144 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.

    一般道路からも、高速道路上りからもアクセスできる道の駅です。 ガトーフェスタ ハラダや、シュークリームの美味しい景気屋笑売ウェイブ、農産物直売所や、お肉屋さん等々あります。 お肉屋さんでは、注文してから、揚げ物は揚げてくれるので、熱々です。 新型コロナの影響からか、空いていました。

  • Mizusawa Kanzeon
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    4.0
    200 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.

    First visit in June- so crowded, bus loads of people, hard to walk, not good pictures. Second visit was on a weekday around 4:30. No one was there! We could pray in peace. Carried our infant around...

  • Roadside Station Takumi no sato
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    4.0
    203 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.

    We went in January as a day trip from skiing in Minakami. Not everything was open, and we had young children. But we enjoyed the strawberry greenhouse (Ichigo no Ie), making bracelets (Iyashi no Ie...

  • Netsu no Yu
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    4.0
    327 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.

    This place is very famous and almost everybody visits so you can visit once and say that that was not so good as expected to others like I do but it may be wise to skip.

  • Canyons Minakami
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    5.0
    250 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.

    Id give 10 billion stars if I could. Everything was perfect. I arrive extremely early (I think maybe before they even opened) but the team was so welcoming. The guides (Ko, Jouri, Ashok, Bob-Adam...

  • Usui Third Bridge (Meganebashi)
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    4.5
    129 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto In the ground
    This railway bridge in Matsuida Town, Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture is commonly known as “Spectacles Bridge.” Completed in 1892, this four-arch bridge is 91 meters across and 31 meters tall, and upheld the Abt-system railway until the line closed in 1963. It is now a national Important Cultural Property, and you can enjoy walking along the “Abt-no-michi” —a road that follows the old rail line.

    A spectacular bridge and if you love twisty roads, which I do, then the drive there and back is worth the visit and the views are a bonus! My wife and I spent 3 hours walking around and taking...

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

    You can see those cute sheeps over there. Theres also a show held called sheep dog show. The show is about a dog giving directions to the sheeps.

  • Minakamikan
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    3.5
    173 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Obinata 573
    This long-established inn on the banks of the Tone River, about seven minutes from the Minakami Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway, was founded in 1927. There are 15 baths, each with its own unique atmosphere, including the “Bokusui-no-Yu”, using the valuable architecture from the time the inn was founded, and an outdoor bath where you can hear the babble of the stream and view the fresh green and autumn foliage as well as a snow scene, etc. The water quality is calcium / sodium sulfate chloride, said to be effective in easing neuralgia and poor circulation etc. The bath is available for day use and combining it with an outdoor experience is also popular.

    Spent a night at the Minakamikan Ryokan. Travelers seeking an onsen experience will be spoilt for choice with15 onsen baths to chose from. The private baths comes with additional charges. We were a...

  • Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Hanadakamachi 296
    The Shorinzan Darumaji Temple is famous for the Festival of the Seven Herbs of Spring, where they pray for the ideal direction. This festival of seven herbs began over 200 years ago during the Tenmei period by commoners seeking salvation from famine. The festival occurs every year on January 6 and 7.

    Easy to access by car, would be long walk by bus or train. You can buy daruma doll, make a wish and write one eye on then complete other once your wish comes true.

  • Usuitouge Tetsudo Bunka Mura
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    4.0
    135 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachiyokokawa 407-16
    This is a railroad theme park located in Annaka City’s Matsuida Town established on the site of the former JR Yokokawa Locomotive Depot rail yard. The main attraction is the locomotive engineer experience in which visitors can drive a real 108-ton electric locomotive (reservation required). Inside the park is a Railway Museum where visitors can learn about the history of the now-abandoned Usui Line and the Railway Display Hall which houses more than 30 valuable train cars. Visitors can ride a steam locomotive that goes around the park, a miniature steam locomotive and a trolley train, making this park popular among both children and railroad fans alike.

    Just a great place to visit. Come early and see a lot. Best days are with clear weather. Due to COVID-19, the visitors has reduced.

  • Shima Yamaguchikan
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    4.0
    153 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima A 3876-1
    This more than 300-year old Yuyado hot spring's water is drawn directly from the source and is located in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Guests can enjoy the Shima hot spring while viewing the scenery of the Shimagawa River, which changes with the seasons. The hot spring is very famous for its cleansing effect on the skin, and in addition to its moisturizing and detoxing effects, it is also effective for rashes, eczema, women’s diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. The dishes made with an abundance of local seasonal ingredients and the Kamishibai plays acted out by the owner are also very popular.

    It wasnt too difficult catching a local bus from Nakanojo to Shima Onsen Yamaguchi bus stop where the Onsen is located, next to a small gorge. It is up in the mountains, where we get crisp clean air...

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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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