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 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. 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.
  • 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。

  • 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.
  • Fujido Cave
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    Gunma Pref. Tanogunuenomura Kawawa 665
    2.2 kilometers long, this is one of the largest tourist caves in the Kanto region, located within Kawawa Natural Park of Ueno Village, Tano County, Gunma Prefecture. Discovered roughly 1,200 years ago, the first to reach the end of the cave was a monk from Fujiwarayama Kichijoji Temple 400 years ago. The temperature inside remains around 10°C year-round. Illuminated by LED lights for a mysterious feel, bringing in many visitors.

    The cave network is quite extensive and there are some interesting shapes, shown off by a range of lighting.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Konsei Pass
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    Gunma Prefecture Tone County Katashina village
    This mountain pass is 2,024 meters high, and is located at the border of Katashina Village, Tone County and Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. The pass is surround by high mountains such as Mt. Shirane and Mt. Nantai and it is said that the pass was opened by Mt. Nikko monks as a path for mountain training. The Konsei Shrine, which worships a phallic image, is enshrined on the pass. It is also a part of “Japan Romantic Road” and visitors can enjoy the changing colors of the leaves of the maples on Mt. Konsei. The best time for viewing the autumn leaves is from the end of October to the middle of November. However, it is closed from the end of December to the middle of April due to snow.
  • Oze Hatomachi Pass
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkatashinamura Tokura
    This pass is at the entrance of Ozegahara in Katashina Village, Tone County. There are regulations now on private car use in the area so must be entered by bus or taxi from the car park. At the Hatomachi Pass free rest station, visitors can enjoy buckwheat noodles made with locally grown mountain vegetables and mushrooms and other specialties such as sweet sugared beans and bean flower soft cream, corn and sweet Japanese cakes, hiking goods and souvenirs. Private room as well as large room accommodation is also available at Hatomachi mountain cottage.
  • Teriha Valley
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara
    This valley is located at the tip of the watershed areas of Tonegawa River tributaries, and is a famous spot in Minakami Town, Tone county, Gunma Prefecture. Enjoy a stroll in this mysterious locale, as clear water flows through the verdant valley. Many visitors come here, especially to see the 11 different waterfalls, all named by the poet Shuoshi Mizuhara. The season of autumn leaves from mid to late-October is quite popular, featuring a brilliant contrast of white misty falls and colorful trees.
  • Oze Marsh (Ozegahara)
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    Katashina village of Tone-gun, Gunma prefecture
    The entrances to the Hatomachi-toge Pass, Oshimizu and Fujimishita hiking trails are located around 90 minutes' drive from the Numata Interchange of the Kan-Etsu Expressway, via National Route 120 and National Route 401 to Tokura. Oze Marsh (Ozegahara) is the largest alpine wetland area on Honshu, extending two kilometers north to south and six kilometers east to west, at an altitude of 1,400 meters, within Oze National Park, which straddles Gunma Prefecture, Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture. Ozegahara, which is ringed by mountains (including Mt. Shibutsu, Mt. Hiuchigatake, and Mt. Keizuru), is a treasure-house of alpine wetland plants, including Asian Skunk Cabbage, Cottongrass, and Day Lily.
  • 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."
  • Lake Nozori
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama National forest 223 Forest team
    Located within Joshinetsu-kogen National Park, this artificial lake was created during construction of Nozori Dam in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. There is a nice walking path around the 10-kilometer circumference, chosen as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Paths.” The coast is a green field, filled with alpine plants. You can see hundreds of varieties of plants from summer to fall, including Nozori hemerocallis and renge azalea. The leaves of fall go perfectly with the clear lake surface.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yagisawa Dam
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    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara Yagizawa 6381-4
    This multipurpose dam was constructed at the uppermost part of the Tone River and is located approximately 45 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. This precious water source, also known as the Kanto Water Bottle, is a 131-meter vertical height concrete arch dam that was completed in 1967. Lake Okutone, which was formed with the completion of this dam has been selected as one of Top 100 Dam Lakes and is the largest in Okutone. The surrounding beech forest is reflected in the still lake water, and its beauty stands out especially well when the trees are green or turning red in the autumn. The lake is inaccessible in the winter from early December to early May.

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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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