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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Isesaki Meiji Kan
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    Gunma Pref. Isesakishi Kuruwachou 31-4
    This western-style building is a designated Important Cultural Property of Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture, and is located directly next to the Honmachi Nishi bus stop of Isesaki City community bus. It was originally built as a Western-style residence by the Imamura family, doctor for domain in 1912. It was later bought by Mr. Kurobane, who converted it into the Kurobane clinic of internal medicine. The building was donated to Isesaki City in 2002 and designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Isesaki City. While it retains its Western-style facade with a Germanic outer wall in the Shitami Itabari style, the guest rooms have been styled in a fundamentally Japanese fashion.
  • Kanayama Castle Ruins
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    Gunma Pref. Otashi Kanayamachou 40-106 others
    These castle ruins are located in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, at an altitude of 239 meters on Mt. Kanayama. It has been selected as one of the top 100 famous castles in Japan. The lord of this castle was Iwamatsu Nitta, Kise, Yura and Odawara Hojo. It was built in 1469 and abandoned in 1590. Although it is one of the mountain castles that made use of the natural topography, it had stone walls and much of the castle was stone paved. The history of this castle overturned the theory that mountain castles in the Kanto region did not have typical stone walls. At the foot of the mountain, there is a guidance facility for the historical Kanayama castle ruins and also a Kanayama area castle exchange center.
  • Takasaki Castle
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Takamatsuchou In the castle park
    These castle ruins are located approximately 15 minutes on foot from the JR Takasaki Station, or alternatively, five minutes by bus. They are the remains of Minowa Castle, built in 1598 by Ii Naomasa, by command of Tokugawa Ieyasu. At the time of its building, the castle covered a vast area, with the bailey alone covering over 165 square kilometers. However, presently, only the three earthen walls and moat, tower and eastern gate remain. The tower was used to store weapons and food and is the only remaining castle structure to remain standing in the prefecture. The surrounding area, including the castle ruins is maintained as a castle ruins park, and is a popular cherry viewing spot. The cherry blossoms are lit up in the evening.
  • 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.
  • Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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."
  • Kashozan Ryugein Mirokugokokuzen Temple
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    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Kamihocchimachi 445
    This distinguished temple is located on Mt. Kashozan, Gunma Prefecture. It was founded in 848, and bestowed with a Goshuin and rights to a hundred thousand koku (of rice). It is said that a tengu mask was left after monk chuho made a vow to stay at this mountain forevermore as a spiritual being and he rose to heaven. The custom to dedicate a tengu mask derives from this legend. The best Tengu mask in Japan was enshrined in Chuhodo in 1939 to pray for victory in the war, and again in 1970, this time to pray for traffic safety to the Great Tengu. Once every 10 years, a grand ceremony is held for people to worship the Shintai, which contains the spirit of the deity.
  • Nakanotake-jinja Shrine
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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...

  • Kichijo-ji Temple (Kawaba-mura, Gunma Prefecture)
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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...

  • Kanmuri Inari Shrine
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    Gunma Pref. Otashi Hosoyachou 1
    This shrine is located approximately 15 minutes' drive from the Tobu Isesaki Line's Ota Station in Gunma Prefecture. It is a shrine associated with Genji (Minamoto clan) and established in the Heian Period with Ukanomitama no Omikami among other gods enshrined here. There is an unusual cherry tree with a split trunk bound back together in the grounds. It is revered as an auspicious sign for marriage. Also within the grounds, is a Kanmuri Inari flowering quince which is a designated Natural Monument of Gunma Prefecture, and is a famous site for praying for childbirth. In addition, visitors to the shrine can see foxes of childbirth everywhere, alongside foxes of matchmaking.
  • Gunma Astronomical Observatory
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntakayamamura Nakayama 6860-86
    This prefectural astronomical observatory is located in Nakayama, Takayama Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Its construction was planned in commemoration of Chiaki Mukai, the first Japanese female astronaut going to space, and was opened in 1999. It is equipped with a 150-centimeter telescope and a 65-centimeter telescope. Events such as telescope lessons and star guidance qualification courses are regularly held here. There are also exhibition spaces for things such as viewing solar telescope images and observational data, in addition to a shop which sells space food and illustrated reference books.
  • NIPPON SILK CENTER
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Kanekomachi 888-1
    This museum is located in Kanekomachi, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture. It was created for the purpose of conveying the wonderfulness of traditionally-made silk. There are panels showing the collection of silkworm cocoons, creating raw silk thread and scientific talks on silk thread, in addition to DVD showings concerning the subject. There are also experience classes for visitors to try their hand at making silk coasters and luncheon mats. There are also exhibitions for people to display their own works, seminars and workshops held in the museum.
  • Gunma University department of engineering commemorative hall
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    Gunma Pref. Kiryushi Tenjinchou 1-5-1
    This historical building is located in Gunma University, Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, accessible by taking the Orihime Bus 10 minutes' ride from the JR Ryomo Line's Kiryu Station. It was built as a school building of the Kiryu High School's dyeing and weaving school in 1916, and relocated in 1972. It is a wooden building made from Japanese cedar wood. British Tudor style costumes can be seen decorating the gables and entrance arches. It was designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1998, along with the engineering department's guardhouse and the former Kiryu High School's dyeing and weaving department's main entrance.

    桐生新町重伝建地区の奥にある群馬大工学部の中にあります。 大正時代に建てられた木造の近代建築です。もともとは左右対称で、教室だった建物の一部を解体し、残りを曳家して現在の位置に保存しているということでした。平日・日曜日も公開しているそうなので、公式サイトで開館日をチェックされると良いと思います。

  • Mukai Chiaki Children’s Science Museum
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    Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Shiromachi 2-2
    This fun-learning science museum is located approximately 15 minutes by car from the Tohoku Expressway Tatebayashi Interchange. It was built in commemoration of Chiaki Mukai, an astronaut from Tatebayashi City. Its permanent exhibits cover a range of subjects from local nature to the universe. In the fourth exhibition room, there is a diorama which reproduces life inside the space shuttle and holds exhibits of items that Mukai used while travelling in space. There are also many astronomical observation exhibits, science shows and events, such as a contemporary digital planetarium and a Moon Walker experience where visitors can experience the gravity of the moon for themselves.

    館林の運動公園のすぐとなりにあります。向井さんの功績などが転じされているだけでなく、プラネタリウムもあるので子供なども楽しめる施設となっています。休憩にももってこいですので気軽にいけます。

  • Yamada Kamachi Museum of Art, Takasaki
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Kataokamachi 3-23-5
    "This art museum is located one minute on foot from the City loop bus’s Shorinzan route ""Yamada Kamachi Bijutsukan iriguchi (Museum of Art Entrance)"" bus stop, accessible from the JR Takasaki Station's Nishi-guchi (West Exit). The museum displays and seeks to introduce the charms of the works of Yamada Kamachi, a talented artist who died prematurely at the age of 17. The museum displays all of his drawings and poems from his early childhood to his final work and looks back on the life he led. His works are exhibited by their themes and include collections of pictures and records relating to music, pencil drawings and novel crayon paintings, watercolor paintings, crayon drawings and poems."
  • Takayama-sha Sericulture School
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    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Takayama 237
    "This school was the home of Chogoro Takayama, the founder of the Takayama Sericulture Reform Company, which was an institution for research and education of sericulture. It is located approximately 20 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Fujioka Interchange. It is the place where Takayama's sericulture technique of ""Seioniku"" was researched and taught, and the entire site, including the silkworm room of the time (the sericulture house) and the other affiliated sites have been designated as a World Heritage Site, as part of the Tomioka Silk Mill and the silk Industry Heritage Group. Visitors can view the inside of the site and look around while listening to explanations about Takayama's company and the history of sericulture."
  • Kibune Shrine
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    Gunma Pref. Midorishi Omamachoushiohara
    This shrine is located in Midori City, Gunma Prefecture, approximately 15 minutes' walk from the Watarase Keikoku Line's Kamikambai Station. Takaokami no kami, who governs water, Oyamatsumi no okami, who governs the harvest, and Oanamuchi no okami, guardian of the country, are enshrined here. First worshipped in 956, due to rainfall from the gods bringing relief from drought, it was moved to its current location in 1668. Beginning with the summoning and dispelling of rain, worshippers also pray here for a variety of things, such as safe travels and prosperity in business.

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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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