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  • Shima Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima
    Shima means 40,000, and according to legend the miraculous waters of this hot spring district, surrounded by natural beauty, can cure 40,000 illnesses. The development of this area into a hot spring destination is said to have begun when Sakanoue no Tamuramaro bathed here while setting out as shogun in command of a force sent to conquer the Emishi region in the north. In 1954, this health resort was one of the first in Japan to be designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, alongside Sukayu Onsen in Aomori and Nikko Yumoto Onsen in Tochigi. The area's 42 source springs generate an abundant 3,500 liters of piping hot water every minute. The springs are sodium, calcium chloride, and sulfate springs. In ancient times, it is believed that people came here to soothe their sore skin after bathing in the highly acidic waters at Kusatsu Onsen.
  • Tomioka Silk Mill
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Tomioka 1-1
    When Japan first began trading with countries around the world in the late Edo period, silk was its biggest export. The Tomioka Silk Mill was founded as a model mill in 1872 by the Meiji government with the aim of improving the quality and productivity of silk production. The first buildings were timber-frame and brick construction, a pattern which continues to be used almost unchanged today. The site is filled with ways to learn about its history, including guided tours and a smartphone guide. The group of buildings from the time when the mill was first opened is designated Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures and was also collectively registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014.
  • Keyaki Walk Maebashi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Bunkyouchou 2-1-1
    A two story shopping mall an eight minute walk from Maebashi Station surrounded by a row of Japanese zelkova trees. 150 establishments operate in the mall, with the large scale supermarket Apita, which carries everything from food to daily supplies to clothing, serving as the core of the facility. The mall also has a move theater, large bookstore, and electronics store. Popular with all types of people, the mall is a popular destination for everyday shopping, dates, and family outings.
  • Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkatashinamura Higashiogawa 4658-58
    This ski resort is on Mt. Nikko-Shirane in Katashina Village Tone County Gunma Prefecture. Its early opening date has made it well known in the Kanto region as the first place to ski each year. At four kilometers it’s longest slope utilizes the natural topography of the landscape. The kids park and a beginner area make it great for families and those new to skiing. From the summit you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

    It was a scorching Sunday, mercury rising up to 35 degree C. 1.5hour drive from Takasaki and 2000 yen rope way fare took us to an ideal hiking area with 22 degree at the height of 2000 meter. Soaking...

  • Lake Haruna
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunakomachi
    This lake is located on the western side of Mt. Haruna, one of the “Three Mountains of Jomo.” It is a crater lake formed by eruptions from Mt. Haruna, and it is at an altitude of approximately 1,100 meters. It is known for its gorgeous view of the central volcanic cone of Mt. Haruna, which is often called “Haruna Fuji,” and it features in many outdoor activities, including pleasure cruise tours, motor home camping, hill-climb races, and other leisure and sports events.
  • Haruna Shrine
    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.
  • Roadside Station Denen Plaza Kawaba
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkawabamura Hagimuro 385
    This roadside station is located along the Prefectural Route 64 Hirakawa Yokozuka Line in Kawaba Village, Tone County, Gunma. It was chosen as the no.1 choice for “favorite roadside station in Kanto.” The spacious lot includes a wide variety of facilities, such as a restaurant, a bakery, a cafe, a beer brewery, a meat plant, a pizzeria, a hotel with a day spa, and a farmer’s market with fresh local vegetables and other specialty products. A great place for the family to spend the day, offering experience with crafts and pottery, and a large playground.
  • Gunma Safari Park
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    4.0
    137 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.

    A small scam (but still scam no matter of the size) at the entrance. They charged us for the useless "radio guide" as they took our admission money. Then after we realised they had charged us for...

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    80 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.

  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    309 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.

    The Onioshidashi Park (鬼押出し園, Onioshidashien) features a landscape of volcanic rocks that gives it an unique and rugged appearance. The park is shaped by volcanic sediment deposited here during the...

  • Manza Prince Hotel
    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.
  • Nagai Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Kamishiroi 4477-1
    Billed as reasonable, fast and tasty motsuni dishes, the Nagai Shokudo eatery along National Route 17 in Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture. This eatery was originally a stop for long distance truck drivers and bikers. However, due to its recent popularity from nationally televised variety shows, visitors come now from all over Japan. The motsuni dish with chitterling stewed in rich miso-based broth and the Gunma specialty konjac jelly is full of nutrition. The motsuni is also gift packaged and sold at the shop, or in their vending machines.
  • Ski Resort Minakami Norn
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Terama 479-139
    This ski resort is located approximately five minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. There is also a free shuttle bus service from the JR Minakami Station or from the Joetsu Shinkansen Jomo-kogen Station (reservation required). It is accessible for day trips from the Tokyo area. In addition to a variety of beginner level to advanced level courses, there is also the ENJOY PARK, designed by Naoki Tsushima a leading Japanese park guru, and Snow Land, with its many snow attractions for both children and adults to enjoy. The long night ski course, open from 10 p.m. to midnight is also very popular.

    13年振りに訪れました。 駐車場や大雪の際のスタッフによる交通誘導がしっかりしていて助かりました。 また、行く前にHPをチェックして、自分がどんな割引特典の対象かチェックしないと損です。 私はノルンプレミアムネットメンバーズに登録。名前とメールアドレスの入力&簡単なアンケートを送信して完了。さらに初回特典のスクラッチゲームで1000円が当たり、1日リフト券が2800円になりました! その支払いはク...

  • Tanigawadake Ropeway
    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.
  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    174 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...

  • Gunma Flower Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Kashiwaguramachi 2471-7
    Gunma Flower Park, with various flowers blooming all year round, is a facility offering lectures and experience classes on flowers and plants. The restaurant in the park has a large menu using mainly local ingredients and visitors can enjoy special limited items. During the winter season the park is illuminated from sunset to 21:00, and visitors can enjoy the beautiful park and twinkling lights.
  • Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple
    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.
  • Konnyaku Park
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    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.

    ラーメンスープ、生姜がよく効いていて、大人向け。子供には辛いです。まぁ、あくまで試食ですから文句言えないでしょうけど、素ラーメンは殺風景。せめて万能ねぎが欲しいです。でもなければ、焼豚もどきのこんにゃくでも乗せてくれればいいなぁ。 それにしても、無料バイキングなんて太っ腹ですね。でも、全てこんにゃくですから、すぐお腹いっぱいになります。おかげで昼食代が浮きました。

  • SARA’S Terrace ARRAIYA
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 20
    This café is located in Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture, along the stone steps of Ikaho hot spring. The modern and stylish shop is easy for women to feel comfortable in and enjoy a menu with dishes such as ginger roast Joshu Mugi pork set meals, with the pork a little on the thick side, and Joshu roast beef rice bowl, which are full of ingredients sourced from contracted farms. There are also sweets such as homemade chocolate brownies and anmitsu, as well as a drinks menu with items such as yuzu tea and a very fruity fruit cider.

    食事なしのプランで宿泊していたので石段周辺で夕食場所を探していた。周辺の食堂は19:30から営業開始が多いのだったがこの店は逆に早い時間から18:30までの営業のようで、早めに食事が出来て良かった。 しかし、店内には誰もお客がいなかったのに、接客のおばさんは指定したテーブルに座らせようと、私に対して高圧的だった。そこからは外が見えない席だったので「そっちじゃなくてこっちの外が見えるテーブルにつきた...

  • SL Gunma Minakami
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Sakaechou 6-26
    This special SL train was proposed by JR East, and runs along the Joetsu Line allowing customers to experience the natural views of Gunma between Takasaki Station and Minakami Station. There is also an option to learn about the history of the Shin'etsu Main Line railroad to Yokogawa Station. This train ride experience of the natural views of Gunma begins with a tour of the coupling work and also features a photo opportunity at Shibukawa Station where customers can get a good look at the SL up close. On this journey through the history of the railway, customers experience a different kind of train ride, such as being able to hear the EL and the DL's steam whistle. There are also fun experiences for children such as making onboard announcements and the SL 61 story's train lunch.

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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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