Reference/Local/Exhibition/Literature Museum Spots in Gunma Area

  • Oginoya Main Shop
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachiyokokawa 355
    Founded in 1885, this shop is the birthplace of “toge-no-kama meshi” —a famous ekiben (bento lunch sold at a station) of Gunma Prefecture. Located close to Yokokawa Station, you can enjoy a meal in a nice old-fashioned cafeteria. There are plenty of set meals to try, including soba, udon, katsu-don, and of course the famous “toge-no-kama meshi.” Nearby is a historical resources museum covering the history of “oginoya” and Yokokawa Station.

    横川駅前のおぎのや本店の向かいにあるお店の資料館です。おぎのや、峠の釜めしについて紹介されています。休日などは、本店順番待ちのスペースにもなります。

  • Tokutomi Roka Memorial Museum of Literature
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Shibukawashi Ikahomachikaho 614-8
    This museum, located along the Jomo-Sanzan Panorama Road in Ikaho, Ikaho Town, is dedicated to Meiji-period writer Roka Tokutomi. In addition to permanent exhibits featuring various personal artifacts and materials belonging to Roka Tokutomi, whose famed work “Hototogisu” is the source of the Ikaho Ropeway station name, there are also planned exhibits and tea ceremony events held in the writer’s honor, among other events.

    明治から大正にかけて活躍した小説家徳富蘆花の文学館です。伊香保を愛し、臨終の地とした、徳富蘆花に関する多くの資料の展示があります。蘇峰との和解の件等は戦前文学マニアにはたまらないですね。

  • Arts Maebashi
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Chiyodamachi 5-1-16
    A cultural facility built to support art and culture activities in Maebashi City. The facility makes use of a former commercial complex located in the heart of the city. In addition to hold irregular special exhibitions, the facility holds art tours and workshops which can be enjoyed by everyone from small children to senior citizens. In the facility's archive, you can view records of its activities as well as books on the arts. The adjoining cafe serves seasonal coffees and tasty sweets prepared by a patissier. The museum shop sells colorful art merchandise.

    The first day of HIKKURIKOGAKKURIKO. It was possible to know good of the town in Maebashi. Here is home of Hagiwara Sakutaro and Ryoji Arai. It was the nice art museum where I touch an area.

  • Sarugakyo Sekisho Gatepoint
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Sarugakyo Onsen 1144
    A historic location located along the Okutone Yukemuri Highway in Sarugakyo Onsen, Minakami Town, Tone County. This is the site of the former Sekisho gate point established by the Edo Shogunate in 1631 to monitor the travel of people and commerce along the Mikuni-Kaido Road. The attached former government housing building now serves as a museum open to the public where materials including old travel permits are on display.

    猿ヶ京温泉の入口あたりにあります。上毛高原駅-湯宿温泉経由のバスでも行けます。「関所跡」バス停を降りると目の前です。 当時の関所と役宅の跡地を利用して資料館化した施設です。時間の都合で中は見ていないのですが、通りかかったら茅葺屋根の建物だけでも見ておく価値はあると思います。

  • Kanra Town History and Folklore Museum (Former Obata-gumi Brick Warehouse)
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Gunma Kanra-gun Kanramachi Obata 852-1
    A museum located along Prefectural Route 46 in Obata, Kanra Town, Kanra County. The museum is located within the Former Obata-gumi Seishi Brick Warehouse, a cocoon warehouse built during the Taisho period by the Kanra-sha Obata-gumi silk-reeling union during the golden age of the sericultural industry. Most of the displays concern the local sericultural industry but also displayed are historical materials including armor and a wood statue of the Buddha carved in the early Edo period by Busshi Enku, a sculptor of Buddhist images.

    古い町並みが残っていて良い街です。この資料館は甘楽町の歴史が詳しく分かるように展示してありました。養蚕も盛んだったので興味あるかたには面白いです。係の方が説明してくれました。良かったです。

  • Tayama Katai Literature Museum
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tatebayashi-shi Shiromachi 1-3
    A literature museum located within Tsutsujigaoka Park #2 in Shiro-machi, Tatebayashi City. On display are materials related to Tatebayashi local novelist Tayama Katai. Through his masterpieces 'Futon' and 'Inaka Kyoshi (Country Teacher)' as well as letters, diaries, and a number of mementos you can learn about the author's life and achievements.

    明治の終りに「田舎教師」などを執筆した小説家田山花袋は館林の出身。 そんな関係で同じく館林出身の日本初の女性宇宙飛行士、向井千秋さんのこども科学館の隣に、田山花袋記念文学館がありました。入館料は210円。道向かいには田山花袋の旧宅もありますので、併せて見学することをお勧めします。

  • Sukawajuku Museum
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Sukawa 755-1
    A museum in Sukawa, Minakami Town, Tone County. It's built over the former site of the Sukawa Lodging Waki-Honjin (A Honjin was lodging used by traveling lords and this building was used as reserve lodging) along the former Mikuni-Kaido Road. With nearly 1000 exhibits on display including historical documents you can learn about the history of the region as it flourished in the role of a post-station town.

    たくみの里の宿場通りにある資料館です。脇本陣跡に造られたものだそう。 そう大きい館では無いですが、当時の古文書や道具・所蔵品、駕籠が展示されています。ここがかつて宿場町だったことを示す貴重なスポットです。須川宿や三国街道の歴史に興味があれば訪問してみると良いでしょう。

  • Tsumagoi-mura Fork Museum
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara 494
    Tsumagoi Local History Museum is located a 60-minute drive from the Usui-Karuizawa Interchange and near the bus stop Kanbara-Kannondo Mae. Household items and other items buried in the 1783 eruption of Mt. Asama have been excavated and are on display. A diorama depicts the extensiveness of the destruction, and facial restorations of some of the victims are also displayed. Relevant videos are played continuously in the Audiovisual Room. Displays on the second floor present the history of cabbage, a special product of the village of Tsumagoi. Short-term experiential learning classes are offered. The observation room affords views of Mt. Asama and Mt. Shirane.

    皇后陛下かお詠みになられた歌の歌碑ができたとの事なので早速行って来ました。全く読めない書体なので、ググりました(笑) でも良かったですよ

  • Minamikami Tsukiyono Local History Museum
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    2 Reviews
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    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Tsukiyono 1814-1
    A museum located along Prefectural route 271 in Tsukiyono, Minakami Town, Tone County. It's located in the vicinity of the national designated Yase Historic Site where there are preserved archaeological remains of dwellings dating back to the Jomon period and the prefectural designated Nashinokidaira-Shikiishi Archaeological Site. On display are historical records and materials including archaeological finds. Come see relics from the Jomon and Yayoi periods as well as historical documents that relate to the local area.

    上毛高原駅から歩いて5分。 月夜野は、みなかみ市に合併する前の町名です。近くで発掘された土器類や利根川の上流の山の暮らしを思い起こさせる生活道具など。地元のアイデンティティをいろいろ模索しているような感じです。

  • Minwa to Kamishibai no Ie
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sarugakyouonsen 1150-1
    This old-fashioned house of entertainment is located in Sarugakyo Onsen, approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Tsukiyono Interchange, on National Route 17. It has collected and preserved over 500 folktales and around 2,000 Kamishibai plays, including those from before the war. It uses a half-scale reproduction of Nozokikarakuri, picture scrolls that tell the tale of Taketori Monogatari, a shadow play of the local folk tale, the Kappa’s Medicine, and other plays to teach visitors about the history of Kamishibai plays. Visitors can also watch videos and hear the stories told by the storytellers of Minwa no irori (fireplace).

    黄金バットから最近のものまで、実演による紙芝居が見られるので、幅広い世代が楽しめます。また、のぞきからくりや影絵も楽しめます。語りべの方のビデオには、引き込まれます。

  • Takasaki Haruna History & Folk Customs Museum
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    1 Reviews
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    Gunma Takasaki-shi Harunasanmachi 138-1
    A museum located along Prefectural Route 33 in Harunasan-machi, Takasaki City. On display are primarily materials related to the Mt. Haruna faith which has been deeply rooted in the region for a long time. It tracks the origin and history of the faith as gleaned from the precious historical materials remain at Haruna Jinja Shrine and you can learn about the Haruna Gatherings that spread amongst the local commoners during the Edo period as well as the architecture of the shrine and the local festivals and rites.

    1985年、旧榛名町の歴史、民俗資料の収集・保存・展示を目的に開館されたそうです。榛名神社の宝物や古文書、宿坊に残る資料などで榛名山信仰の歴史を学ぶことができます。また、養蚕・製糸に関する資料や農耕資料、地域の歴史・民俗資料も展示されています。バス停に近く、バスの待ち時間の活用もできます。

  • Ota City Nittanoshou History Museum
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    2.0
    1 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Otashi Seradachou 3113-9
    This museum is located in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, 20 minutes' walk from the Tobu Isesaki Line's Serada Station. The exhibits center around the achievements of Nitta clan during the medieval period, and the historical materials of the Nittanosho ruins, which is made up of eleven ruins. The museum preserves this cultural heritage of Ota City. Its permanent exhibits include an ancient falconer terra-cotta figurine, medieval Shiraito armor, and a modern ink painting depicting a cat. In front of the museum, there is also a statue of Yoshisada Nitta, and in a nearby historical park, there are historical sites such as the Shingonin ido (well) and the Tosho-gu shrine.

    新田荘歴史資料館はとても大きな施設なのですが、その入り口からすこし外れた場所にポツンと建っています。 なんとなく周りの景色に溶け込まないように見えるのは自分だけでしょうか。

  • Shimonita-machi History Museum
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    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Shimosaka 71-1
    This history museum showcases the culture of Shimonita Town. It has displays on the town's history as well as the changes of its citizens' lives over the years. You can also learn about kozo mulberry and mitsumata, cultivated in Shimonita Town to make traditional washi paper. From the late Meiji period to the early Showa period, the area was also an important sericulture center that gave rise to the Tomioka Silk Mill. The museum has materials related to the Arafune Cold Storage which used naturally chilled air to preserve silkworm eggs. It was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014.
  • Doyo Furusato Hall
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    Gunma Midori Azumacho Zama 367-1
    A museum in Zama Azuma-cho, Midori City. The museum honors local lyricist Ishihara Wasaburo known for nursery rhymes such as 'Usagi to Kame (The Bunny and the Turtle)' and the permanent exhibition includes photographs, and manuscripts as well as panels of nursery rhymes. The building also has the Family Hall, a multipurpose hall that can accommodate up to 400 people, the Ninjin Cafe, and a shop as well as a picture book area in the lobby.
  • Tomioka City Okabe Onkokan Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tomioka-shi Kaminyu 2395
    A museum located along Prefectural Route 48 in Kaminyu, Tomioka City. The museum's collection contains precious historical materials and work of art handed down through generations of the Okabe family, a local family of wealthy merchants. In each of the three exhibition rooms, based around the themes of Coloring your Life, Tools of Life, and Local Authors, you can learn about the history, lifestyles, and culture of the region.
  • Minami-machi Minamikami Museum of History and Folklore
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    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Yubara 441
    A museum located along National Route 291 in Yubara, Minakami Town, Tone County. On display are archaeological materials dating as far back as the Jomon period as well as local folk materials including daily lifestyle tools dating from the Meiji period onwards. An Edo period farm house, the Former Tobe Family Residence, has been moved to the museum grounds and restored and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Okutone Folk Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Fujiwara 2916
    A museum in Fujiwara, Minakami Town, Tone County. The museum occupies a classic home with a thatched roof built over 300 years ago and displays local folk materials including daily life tools that were used in the Okutone region. Here you can learn pearls of wisdom about life that can't be learned anywhere but the heavy snowfall regions.
  • Kumokoshike Jyutaku Shiryokan
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    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Fujiwara 3688
    A museum in Fujiwara, Minakami Town, Tone County. The museum was a former private house with thatched roof built in the Ryo-Tsuma Kabuto-zukuri architecture style (Twin Gabled Thatched Roof) and preserves and displays the lifestyle tools actually used by the house's last residents. The building and over 2000 precious historical materials have been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan as the Joshu Fujiwara (Former Kumokoshi Family) Lifestyle Tools and Residence.
  • Naramata Dam Disaster Protection Museum (Hilltop Naramata)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi Fujiwara Arai No Sawa 6322-24
  • Kawaba Village Sightseeing Site
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Tone-gun Kawabamura Tenjin 1122
    A museum in Tenjin, Kawaba, Tone County. The museum occupies the former Kawaba Senior Elementary School, a registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. On display are historical and folk materials related to Kawaba Village dating from ancient times to the modern period allowing you to learn about the history and culture of the village. The museum also features a room dedicated to early Showa period poet Kichi Eguchi who unfortunately passed away at a young age.

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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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