Travel / Tourism Spots in Gunma Area

  • Haruna Shrine
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    355 Reviews
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    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.

  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    348 Reviews
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    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
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    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...

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    108 Reviews
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    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.

  • Mizusawa Kanzeon
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    200 Reviews
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    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 Laran Fujioka
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    144 Reviews
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    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。

  • Ikaho Green Bokujo
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    3.5
    172 Reviews
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    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.

  • Roadside Station Takumi no sato
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    4.0
    203 Reviews
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    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...

  • Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
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    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.

  • Usui Third Bridge (Meganebashi)
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    4.5
    129 Reviews
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    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...

  • Usuitouge Tetsudo Bunka Mura
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    135 Reviews
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    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.

  • Takasaki Byakui Daikannon
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    162 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Komochi
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Shiroi 2318-1
    This roadside station is located on National Route 17 (Koizawa Bypass), in Shiroijuku, which prospered as the castle town of Shiroi Castle, approximately 10 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange. The restaurant’s Katsudon Rice Bowl, made with tender Joshu pork, and the Akagi Beef Croquettes are recommended. The local produce center’s freshly picked local vegetables, original side dishes and specialty Konjac are also popular. The footbath can also be used free of charge on weekends and national holidays. In the spring, double-flowered cherry trees blossom on the roadside, and the Shiroijuku double-flowered cherry festival brings excitement with its samurai parade and festival stalls.

    以前、訪れた時には物産展の裏に火の見櫓と蔵、鯉の泳ぐ池が渡り廊下風に作られており癒される場所でしたが、今は草ぼうぼうの荒れた観光地となり、残念な場所となっていました。

  • Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura
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    22 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Naegashimamachi 2511-2 Minami Akagi Senbon Sakura
    This famous cherry blossoming spot is in Naegashima-machi, Maebashi City. Approximately 1,000 cherry trees run 1.3 kilometers north to south along both sides of the street, and at peak season they form a gorgeous cherry blossom arch. It's been chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites and places annually on other lists of the best places to see them too. Miyagi Senbonzakura no Mori Park opened off this road in 2013 and has over 500 cherry trees of different varieties.

    The cherry blossoms in this park located in Gunma Prefecture are spectacularly beautiful. The blossoms are amazingly nice when in full bloom.

  • Myougi Jinja
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    4.5
    90 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Myougimachimyougi 6
    This shrine is located on Mt. Myogi’s eastern foothills in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture. It received considerable adoration from the Tokugawa shoguns, as it is located to the north-west of Edo, representing the calm Inui Tenmon gate. Built in 537, the exquisite black-lacquered main hall is a national Important Cultural Property. The area is famous for weeping cherry trees in spring and fall leaves in autumn.

    Its not easy to get there, its a long drive, but once you are there you are rewarded with splendid views. If you come in the spring, the cherry blossoms are amazing. In winter its bitterly cold...

  • Roadside Station Yanba Furusato-Kan
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Hayashi 1567-4
    This roadside station is located on Hayashi Intersection, between Prefectural Route 375 and the National Route 145 Yanba Bypass, approximately one hour from the Kan’etsu Expressway Ikaho Interchange. Visitors can rest at the natural foot bath here while viewing the spectacular scenery. The Yanba Market has specialties such as freshly picked fruit and vegetables and scarlet runner beans for sale. Visitors can also eat the famous Otsumi Dango Soup and Yanba Dam Curry at the Yanba Cafeteria. The soft cream made with local Asama-kogen milk has a rich fragrance and sweet flavor and is very popular. There are also parking area for exclusive use of visitors spending night in their cars and quick charger for EV.

    TVでもさんざんその名を聞かされた八ッ場(やんば)ダム。 そのおひざ元にある道の駅で駐車場は非常に混んでいて大盛況でした。 特産の花豆を使用したパンは大人気商品のためすぐに売れきれます。 昼過ぎに足を運んだのですが既に看板でした。ソフトクリームや焼きまんじゅうなどが屋外の売店で販売されておりどちも美味でした。 ソフトクリームはトウモロコシ味がおいしかったです。(期間限定?) レストランは2か所あり...

  • Roadside Station Shimonita
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    42 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Mayama 3766-11
    "This roadside station is located at the east entrance of Myogi-Arafune-Saku Kogen Quasi-National Park, on National Route 254. The newly opened delicatessen shop, ""Marumoya"", which is famous for its Shimonita Croquettes and Pizza Messe bakery, underwent renewal and reopened in January 2018. The popular direct sales outlet, which sells the exceptionally popular Jersey milk soft cream Kozu Ranch Milk Bars, Shimonita specialty Konjac and Shimonita leeks also underwent renewal."

    こんにゃくでも有名な下仁田。ジオパークもあります。その二つからのネーミングのお蕎麦が、道の駅下仁田にありました。安い!ボリュームたっぷり…大根のつまがお蕎麦に混じっていて、お刺身こんにゃくも付きヘルシーです。つけだれが薄いかな。

  • Ikaho Toy, Doll & Car Museum
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    4.0
    90 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunyoshiokamachi Kaminoda 2145
    This private theme park in Yoshioka Town, Kita Gunma County, Gunma Prefecture features an old-fashioned candy store street. There are also a variety of other areas like an antique toy and doll museum, a classic car museum, a teddy bear museum, and a squirrel park. Visitors pour in from around the country. From children to seniors, there’s something for everyone.

    As a car enthusiast and fan of Initial D, I have known about the Ikaho Toy, Doll, and Car Museum for quite some time. However, besides the sizeable Initial D presence from both the exhibit and the...

  • Gunma Museum of Natural History
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    4.5
    75 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Kamikuroiwa 1674-1
    This natural history museum located in Kamikuroiwa, Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture focuses on the history of life starting with Earth’s origin and Gunma Prefecture’s natural environment. Among the dynamic, popular exhibits are a full scale moving model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a diorama of a beech forest. Kids love learning from the many hands-on exhibits too. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is also a special exhibition room, an astronomical observatory, a learning room, and an information corner.

    This is a really great natural history museum. It is not a big museum but the collection is well displayed and presents a comprehensive overview of geology, age of dinosaurs, regional natural history...

  • Tsukiyono Vidro Park
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Gokan 737-1
    Located in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, this glass theme park includes a hand-made glass workshop exhibiting Japan’s top-class techniques, a museum of glass art, and a retail shop. In the museum, you’ll find a variety of glass works—from ancient roman, to art nouveau, and works made by modern masters. In the workshop, you can take a free tour of how glass products are made. It is adjacent to a workshop for blown glass and stained glass, and to a restaurant that serves local beer.

    I highly suggest googling this in advance to see if the glass styles are your taste. It is not bad at all and I agree with the others that the actual glass blowing activity is not well suited for...

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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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