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Pass Spots in Gunma Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nidoage Pass
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    Gunma Prefecture Takasaki City
    This is a pass on the border of Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture and Naganohara Town, Agatsuma County, opened with an altitude of about 1,380 meters and rich in nature. It is recommended for those visiting Asama-Otaki Falls and Asama Ranch as there is a car park for climbers. The view of Mt. Asama from Nidoage Pass is spectacular, especially during autumn when you can enjoy the scenery of the changing colors of the leaves. The beautiful scenery makes it a popular course for those driving or motorbike riding to Kita-Karuizawa.
  • 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.
  • Fujimi Pass
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    Gunma Pref. Kitagunmagunshintoumura Uenohara
    This pass at the foot of Mt. Haruna in Shinto Village, Kita Gunma County, Gunma Prefecture hosts one of Kanto’s best view points. There’s a small parking lot at the pass offering an unbroken view of the townscape stretching from Maebashi City to Shibukawa City. Especially known for its beautiful night view, the sight of the countless lights sparkling below like jewels is breathtaking. You can see it all from your car, making it a popular dating spot.
  • Mikuni-toge Pass
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    Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata Prefecture
    The pass is 30-minutes by car from the Yuzawa Interchange. The pass connects Yuwaza Town, Minamiuonuma County, Niigata and Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture as was once a vital point along the ancient Mikuni-Kaido Road between the provinces of Echigo and Joshu. In the pass three deities, the Mikuni Gongen, have been enshrined, Ueno Akagi, Shinano Suwa, and Echigo Yahiko, and there is also a stone monument bearing the names of famous personalities who have passed through. There are numerous hiking courses along the old Mikuni-Kaido Road branching out from Mikuni-toge drawing plenty of hikers who enjoy walking along through historical landmarks and alpine scenery.
  • Akatanigoshi
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    Gunma Tone-gun Minakamimachi
  • Shiga Saka Pass
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    Gunma Tano-gun Kannamachi
  • Seminetoge
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    Gunma Prefecture Tone-gun Kawaba
  • Tsuchisaka Pass
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    Gunma Tano-gun Kannamachi
  • Yakyu Pass
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    Gunma Tano-gun Kannamachi
  • Shiisaka Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Numata-shi
  • Kurumazaka Pass
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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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