Nature Spots in Gunma Area

  • Onioshidashi Park
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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...

  • Lake Usui
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    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto
    "Lake Usui is a man-made lake that was created when the confluence of the Nakao River and the Usui River was dammed by the construction of the Sakamoto Dam; it is located around 10 minutes' drive from Yokokawa Station on the JR Shinetsu Line. The lake is surrounded by state-owned forest, and presents a beautiful appearance at any time of year; it is particularly spectacular in autumn, when the autumn foliage of the surrounding trees is reflected in the Lake. There is a roughly 1.2 kilometer long footpath around the lake, which takes approximately 20 minutes to walk round. Lake Usui is situated part-way along the ""Apt Road,"" a hiking path that follows the route of a disused railway line. The bright red bridge that crosses the Lake was constructed as an arched bridge."

    中山道より脇道のそれると湖畔の駐車場にたどり着く事出来ます。舗装された駐車場と整備されたトイレがあり、景色も良くドライブ中の休憩地としては最適だと思います。

  • Lake Haruna
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    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.
  • Mt. Haruna
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunakomachi
    A 1,449 meter tall mountain located in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture and one of the Three Mountains of Jomo. At the top of the mountain are Lake Haruna, a caldera lake, and the Haruna-Fuji lava dome central volcanic cone. A ropeway takes visitors to the top in around three minutes, and from here you can get a sweeping view of the Kanto Plain and the mountains of the Joshu area. Many events are also held here and in winter visitors can enjoy the magical site of the Lake Haruna during the Illumination Festa nighttime illumination festival.
  • Mt. Akagi
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    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan
    Located practically in the center of Gunma Prefecture, this polygenetic volcano is considered one of the most beautiful in the Kano region as well as one of the 100 most beautiful mountains in Japan. From May to July, a diverse variety of azalea species come into bloom, dying the mountain lovely colors. A variety of other activities can be enjoyed on the mountain throughout the year—in addition to mountain climbing, there's camping, hill climbing, trail running, wildlife observation and activity programs, and in winter, there's snowshoeing and pond smelt fishing on frozen Lake Onuma.
  • Fukiware Waterfall
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    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Tonemachiokkai
    This waterfall is located in Tonemachi-okkai, Numata City. It is referred to the “Niagara of the East” because of the way the river water falls majestically into the V-shaped valley. There’s a walkway around the waterfall along with natural sights such as “Masutobi Waterfall” and “Hannya (Wisdom) Rock” and the “Ukishima Kannon Hall.” In addition to being designated a Natural Monument and Place of Scenic Beauty, it has also been chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful waterfalls.
  • Shibu Pass
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    Yamanouchi cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The Shibu Pass, spanning between Nagano and Gunma Prefectures boasts a stone marker indicating the highest peak over which a national highway travels; National Route 292 running between Mt. Yokote and Mt. Shirane. The view from the peak can take your breath away. It overlooks the extensive Yoshigadaira Marshlands in which the luscious green of the trees and the wetlands intermingle. At dawn, the sea of clouds, softly glowing from the rays of the sun is a glorious sight to see.
  • Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
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    Kusatsu-cho, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
    A general term used for the belt of active volcanoes which include Mt. Shrine, Mt. Motoshirane, and Mt. Ainomine in Kusatsu Town, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture. At the top of the mountain is Yugama Crater Lake, one of only a very few mildly acidic crater lakes in the world. Currently, the Volcanic Alert Level for the mountain has been raised and visitors are prohibited from coming within a one kilometer radius of the crater. The Mt. Shirane Ropeway gives riders the chance to enjoy a sweeping view of the Kusatsu Highland and Kusatsu's hot spring district from high above, and the station at the base of the mountain in front of the Sessho restaurant will take you to the “mountaintop” station at the foot of Mt. Motoshirane and Mt. Ainomine in about 13 minutes.
  • Hanekoshi Gorge
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    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Hakusan
    """This gorge is along the Nishi-Joshu Yamabiko Highway in Hakusan, Shimonita Town, Kanra County. Carved by the flow of the Kabura River, the gorge's narrow width gives it the name ""Hanekoshi,"" which means ""leaping over"" in Japanese. It's part of the Shimonita Geopark as recognized by the Japan Geopark Committee."
  • Mt. Asama
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    Tsumagoi village in Agatsuma-gun, Gunma prefecture
    A famously active volcano 2,568 meters tall straddling the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture. The mountain is believed to have been active for several hundred thousand years and continues to make noise today. Asama Plateau Rhododendron Park is located at the foot of the mountain, and here from May through June, some 150 thousand large flowering rhododendrons delight visitors with the beauty of their blossoms. The park is also beautiful year-round and offers seasonal scenery such as Japanese azaleas and fireweed as well as Japanese larch foliage in the fall.
  • Lake Okushima
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    Lake Okushima behind Shima Hot Springs was formed during the construction of a dam on the Shimakawa River. This man-made lake is four kilometers around in size and is also a popular spot for viewing the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. On the shore of the lake is a day bathing facility “Shima Koshiki no Yu” hot spring connected to the Shima Seseragi Archive Museum, and on the other side is Inatsutsumi Seseragi Park, where visitors can relax.
  • Mt. Haruna-fuji
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    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunakomachi
    Mt. Haruna-fuji is the 1,390-meter-high central volcanic cone in the summit caldera of Mt. Haruna—one of Three Mountains of Jomo. Resembling the beautiful shape of Mt. Fuji, the natural landscape of the mountain reflected in the lake is symbolic of Gunma Prefecture. There is a ropeway serving Mt. Haruna-fuji, one that offers a tremendous view of the gigantic Kanto Plain.
  • Kenashi Pass
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    Takayama village in Kamikitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    "A pass situated along Prefectural Route 112 in Takayama Village, Kamitakai County. The pass is also the starting points of routes leading up Mt. Hafu and Mt. Omeshi. ""Kenashi"" literally means ""no hair,"" and as its name implies, no tall trees grow in the area; however, lingonberries, black crowberries, and other short evergreen shrubs do grow in abundance here, adding large splashes of green color to the scenery."
  • Usui Pass
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    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto
    The Usui Pass, on the border of Gunma and Nagano prefectures, at elevation 960 meters, was considered an essential pass connecting Kanto area with the Shinano and Hokuriku areas. At its peak, on the border, are located the Kumanokoutai-jinja Shrine and Miharashidai lookout known as an excellent Sunset Point. In recent years, it has become popular as a tourist area with the Usui Pass Railway Culture Park, the Abt Walking Path, the Lake Usui, and the Megane Bridge across the Usui River, all nearby.
  • Jukkoku Pass
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    Gunma Prefecture Tano-gun Uenomura
    This mountain pass is 1,351 meters in height and is located between Ueno Village, Tano County in Gunma Prefecture and Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County in Nagano Prefecture. This name of the pass originates from a long time ago when 1,500 kilograms (Jikkoku) of rice had to be carried every day from the Shinshu region to the west of Joshu region where rice could not be harvested. In addition to rice, miso paste and soy sauce from the Shinshu region and coal from the Shinshu region was transported. The folk song, “Jikkoku-Mago-Uta”, sung by the horsemen is passed down to this day. At the Jikkoku Pass, there are car parks, toilets, and a tower observatory with a magnificent view, that can be entered freely. Please be aware that the mountain pass is closed during winter.
  • Kanna Lake (Gunma Prefecture)
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    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Hominoyama Kamigawa-gun, Kodama-gun, Saitama Prefecture,
    This reservoir at the border of Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture is formed where the Shimokubo Dam impedes the Kanna River. There are hiking trails and a campsite in the vicinity to help you enjoy the natural wonders of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park. The Sanbaseki Gorge is located downstream. It has been designated a Natural Monument as well as a Place of National Scenic Beauty.
  • Lake Shima
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    This is an artificial lake created by the Nakanojo Dam, located about 40 minutes from the Ikaho Interchange. It is characterized by the beautiful cobalt blue color of the water and is called “Shima Blue”. The water is quite acidic and there are no fish in the lake, but many people visit the area to view the reflection on the water of the various colors of the seasons. The color of the lake changes many times a day according to the time and light. Canoe tours are available for visitors to see the “Shima Blue” up close until the middle of November.
  • Torii Pass
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    Gunma Maebashi-shi Fujimimachi Akagisan 3
  • Mt. Myogi
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    Gumma prefecture Tomioka city, Annaka city, Rakuraku-gun Shimonita cho
    Consider to be one of Japan’s Top 3 Strange Views, this 1,100-meter-elevation mountain spans Tomioka City, Annaka City, and Shimonita Town in Gunma Prefecture. The views over the Kanto Plain—packed with wild and bizarre rocks—is wonderful. The best views come in early summer with the fresh green leaves, in autumn with fall leaves, and in spring with the “sakura-no-sato” and its 5,000 blooming cherry trees in 45 varieties.
  • Mt. Kasho
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    Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
    A sacred mountain on which, according to legend, a mountain ascetic became a tengu, a type of long-nosed goblin. The mountain towers behind the Ryugeiin Miroku-ji Temple, which was founded in 848 by Ennin, head priest of the renowned Enryakuji Temple. From the top of the mountain, visitors can see Mt. Mitsumine and Mt. Komochi to the south. Visitors can also enjoy the mountain's seasonal scenery, with fresh verdure in spring, birdsong in summer, and fall foliage in autumn. There's also a mountaineering course for expert climbers which involves climbing a crag called Oshodai.

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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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