History / Culture / Tour Spots in Gunma Area

  • Haruna Shrine
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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.

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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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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    202 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...

  • Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple
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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.

  • Usuitouge Tetsudo Bunka Mura
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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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    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...

  • Myougi Jinja
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    96 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.

    We went here to get our new car blessed, for safe driving and hopefully to not have accidents. We requested the praying before hand, then after submitting payment, we entered the inner shrine. The...

  • Ikaho Toy, Doll & Car Museum
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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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    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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    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...

  • Morinji Temple
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    71 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Horikuchou 1570
    This temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism is said to be the model for the folk tale “Bunbuku Chagama” (“The Bewitched Tea Kettle”). You can see the bunbuku chagama—located in one room of the main hall where the main statue of the historical buddha is adored. The main path presents visitors with about 20 statues of raccoon dogs with a variety of expressions. Around the temple, you’ll find the Morinji Marsh—designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument and protected as a natural habitat of marsh flora—where you can see Lucolia lateralis fireflies during the rainy season and in summer.

    You need to get off at Morinjimae station(oen stop from Tatebayashi, Tobu Line toward Tokyo) then walk 10 minutes to reach there.This temple is famous for Bunbukuchagama, folktale which 100% Japanese...

  • Ichinomiya Nukisaki-jinja Shrine
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    70 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Ichinomiya 1535
    The main hall of Ichinomiya Nukisaki-jinja Shrine, with a history of 1,500 years, became a National Important Cultural Property in 1912. The god believed to have founded Japan, Futsunushinokami, and Himeohkami, guardian deity of sericulture and weaving are enshrined here. Futsunushinokami is famous because his name also appears in the Nihon Shoki, the Chronicle of Japan. There are many highlights to see including the worship hall and tower gate which were registered as national Important Cultural Property in 1976. It is approximately 20 minutes by car from Tomioka Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway.

    You walk under gates, walking DOWN the steps to worship the God. Ive heard there are only 3 shrines in this style. Thank you very much for the special red signature. It looks great. Otherwise, you...

  • Kichijo-ji Temple (Kawaba-mura, Gunma Prefecture)
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    49 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkawabamura Monzen 860
    "This temple is located approximately three minutes’ walk from Kichijoji Iriguchi bus stop, after taking the Kawaba loop bus from the JR Joetsu Line's Numata Station. This Zen temple of the Rinzai sect was opened in 1339 by Ujitoki Otomo of Kencho-ji Temple in Kamakura as head temple. Due to its location as the northernmost Kencho-ji Temple, it is also known as the North Gate of Kencho-ji. The temple grounds are home to the Kichijo-ji Hundred Flower Gardens, also known as the ""Temple of Flowers"", with flower beds of Mizubasho flowering in the Spring and Higanbana flowering in the Autumn. Also, in the temple's tea room, Seitaian, visitors can enjoy seasonal sweets with Matcha green tea."

    I’ve been here twice, both times in the fall. Both times the colors were spectacular. I especially loved the bright yellow ginkgo leaves behind the zen garden and covering the paths. But all the...

  • Nakanotake-jinja Shrine
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    45 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Kamiosaka 1248
    This shrine is located 15 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Matsuida-Myogi Interchange, and the Todoroki Iwa of Mt. Myogi is enshrined here. It consists of the Nakanotake-jinja Shrine where Yamato Takeru no Mikoto is enshrined and Nakanotake-daikoku Shrine where Okuninushi no Mikoto and Daikoku are enshrined. There is a 20-meter-tall Daikoku statue within the grounds. Its appearance holding a sword is unusual and is said to dispel disease, misfortune and evil spirits as well as bring good fortune. On Kinoene, there is a temple festival, the god of which is well-known for watching over young baseball players who are aiming for the Koshien tournament, and the baseball charms and votive pictures are very popular.

    Parked my car just the other side of the mountain road. A minute of walk to the gate. Steep steps to worship. Thank you very much for the special red signature. I like it. BTW, if you can climb up...

  • Minowa Castle Ruins
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Misatomachihigashiakiya ・ Nishiakiya
    These famous castle ruins are located approximately 30 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Takasaki Interchange and Maebashi Interchange. Minowa castle was built in the Sengoku Period by Nagano Narimasa. It was known as an impregnable castle that prevented Takeda Shingen’s attacks numerous times but was abandoned in the time of Ii Naomasa. The ruins of the castle gate, wall and drainage system remain, and many are unchanged from when the castle was governed by Ii Naomasa. It was designated as a national Historic Site in 1987 and selected as one of Japan’s top 100 castles. There is a battle event every year in October, during the Minowa Castle Festival, where the warriors form two groups, Takeda side and Nagano side, which try to attack and defend the castle.

    Japan Castle that they are usually called Ciro. Its a tall structure. But this Minowa Castle Ruins is more old. A long time ago king was build Castle where defend place by an enemy. Here is good...

  • Nagurumi Castle Ruins
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    44 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Shimodu
    "A seven minute drive by car from Jomo-Kogen Station on the JR Joetsu Shinkansen line. The lord Sanada Masayuki built the castle that once stood here in 1579 at the conjunction between the Tone and Akaya Rivers. The ruins were designated a Historic Site by Gunma Prefecture in 1949. After the broadcast of the popular television drama ""Sanada Maru"" on NHK, a portion of the ruins were restored in 2015 and in 2017 the castle was selected in a second edition to a list of Japan’s top 100 castles. The trees and stone monuments in the area convey the weight of its history."

    続100名城スタンプ巡りで行きました。小田原征伐の発端になった重要な城ですが、国道17号沿いにあり規模は予想したより小さいです。

  • Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
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    Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Hinatachou 2003
    "This museum is located in Tatebayashi City, Gunma Prefecture, approximately 20 minutes' walk from the Tobu Isesaki Line's Tatara Station. It primarily collects works by artists such as François Pompon's ""L'Ours Blanc"" and Yoshio Fujimaki's ""Jonuma no Fuyu"" that help provide an understanding of modern contemporary art and progress made. Among the works collected here, there are exhibitions being held in four exhibition rooms on the theme of nature and humanity. There are also various events held in the auditorium and workshop rooms, and a restaurant and shop located inside the museum."

    The drive to Tatebayashi was filled with a tinge of uncertainty. Originally, a friend and I decided to visit the museum for their latest featured exhibition on Egyptian art. But once we rounded the...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
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    39 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Watanukimachi 992-1
    "This art museum is located in a prefectural park in Gunma Prefecture, next to the Gunma no Mori bus stop, accessible by the City loop bus from the JR Takasaki Station. It contains around 2,000 pieces of diverse modern art, ranging from Japanese works, such as Sotaro Yasui's ""Ashi wo arau onna"" and foreign artists such as Claude Monet's ""Water Lilies"". Events including exhibitions in the exhibition room which straddles two floors, lectures in the auditorium and workshops are held on the second floor. A restaurant and a shop selling accessories and other items are also located on the first floor."

    広々とした空間に幾何学的に壁や柱が配置されている、展示品も勿論ですが建物自体も興味深い構造になっている美術館です。建物自体が大きいだけでなく複数ある各展示室自体も広々としているため、常設展・企画展を合わせて鑑賞しても1時間は簡単に過ぎてしまいます。 1階と2階の2階構成となっており、1階で主に企画展、2階で常設展が展示されています。特に2階は展示室によっては広さだけでなく天井の高さもあり、特に天窓...

  • Tomioka Silk Mill
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    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.
  • Kanna Dinosaur Center
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    Gunma Pref. Tanogunkannamachi Kagahara 51-2
    This dinosaur exhibition hall is located in Kanna Town, Tano County, Gunma Prefecture. It features displays of fossils including dinosaur footprints and aquatic organisms. The main attraction is their live theater with dynamic robot dinosaurs. Also popular is the reproduced Tyrannosaurus skeleton that you can touch and ride, and a fossil excavation workshop (must be booked in advance).

    If you are a dinosaur lover, and around Gumma or Sitama, this is a place for you. In Kanna-machi (formerly called Nakazato-mura), a lot of fossils of dinosaur were excavated. That is why they...

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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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