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  • Roadside Station Ota
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Otashi Kasukawachou 701-1
    This roadside station faces Ota City’s Jobu Road on National Route 17, approximately 25 minutes from the Kita Kanto Expressway Isesaki Interchange. The station features a Catering Car Village, which sells dishes such as yakisoba, udon and curry, as well as sweets and authentic Brazilian cuisine out of catering cars. There is also a 24-hour multipurpose rest area where visitors can eat take-out meals. There are places where fresh, local vegetables and animal products are sold, as well as various crafts made with local materials and techniques.

    口コミでレストランが無いのはわかっていましたが、おみやげを買いたくて寄ってみました。産直野菜やくだもの、豚もつや豚味噌漬けなどありますが、中でも目を引くのは、お弁当惣菜コーナーです。特にジャガイモ入りやきそばで有名な山口屋の焼きそばがありました。10時過ぎでしたがまだほろあったかく、大きなジャガイモが入っていてとっても美味でした。

  • Isesaki Meiji Kan
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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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.

    伊勢崎駅から徒歩10分。入館無料。 1912年築の旧今村医院。2002年に伊勢崎市に寄贈され、曳屋で現在地に移された。群馬県内最古の木造洋風医院建築で伊勢崎市の重要文化財に指定されている。 館内の階段は急で危険ということで封鎖されており、建物裏側にあり廊下で直結されている管理棟の階段で2階に上がるようになっている。地元の伝統的工芸品に「伊勢崎銘仙」があるからであろう、訪館した時は「銘仙...

  • 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.
  • Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    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."

    The drive to Tatebayashi was filled with a tinge of uncertainty. Originally, a friend and I decided to visit the museum for their latest featured exhibition on Egyptian art. But once we rounded 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Kibune Shrine
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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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.

    わたらせ渓谷鉄道の上神梅駅の、警告を挟んで対岸あたりにある神社。平安時代の干ばつに霊験のあった神様を都から勧請したのが始まりだそうです。大きな神社ではありませんが、境内はとてもきれいに清掃されていて気持ちが良かったです。無料駐車場もありました。

  • SEIFUN MUSEUM
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    Gunma Pref. Tatebayashishi Sakaechou 6-1
    This internationally valuable wheat and wheat flour themed museum, managed by Nisshin Seifun Group, is located next to the Tobu Isesaki Line's Tatebayashi Station. The main garden is filled with greenery and visitors are led through exhibits and materials relating to each generation of the company's management. The new wing of the museum has a wealth of data and miscellaneous knowledge relating to the latest flour milling technologies and cultural history for visitors to enjoy learning about. The milling laboratory with its miniature mill which teaches visitors about the milling process and workshops for making miniature food using play dough are also very popular.
  • Sogenji Temple (Sazaedo)
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Otashi Higashimaizumichou 165
    This Soto sect temple, known as “Sazae Hall”, is located approximately five minutes from Otakiryu Interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway. The temple is said to have originated with the Rokkaku-do, built in 1187. The main hall has been destroyed twice due to fires so currently, the “Sazae Hall”, built as a Buddhist temple, is used as the main hall. The Sazae Hall is an unusual building with a cloister and was certified as an Important Cultural Property of the prefecture in 1977. There are many hydrangeas planted in the precinct and the temple is called “Gunma Prefecture’s hydrangea Temple”. The best time to see the hydrangeas is from the beginning to the middle of June.

    金山城址での軽ハイキング後、「曹源寺」にやってきました。 ここは、日本三大さざえ堂(あと2つは、旧正宗寺三匝堂(福島)、百体観音堂(埼玉))の1つです。御堂は、3階建てで、間口、奥行きともに16.3m、高さ16.8mなので、ほがっしりとした四角形っぽい外観です。お堂に入って、拝観料を納めてお堂を巡ります。堂内は螺旋構造の回廊式になっていて、同じところを2度通らずに元のところに戻れる構造になってます...

  • Watarase Keikoku Railway
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    Gunma Pref. Midorishi Omamachouomama 1375 Ohma Station yard
    "This JR East Japan Ashio Line railroad was changed to Watarase Keikoku Railway in 1989. This trolley train has become famous thanks to being picked up by the media and its abbreviated name, ""Watetsu”. There are two types of trolley trains, Trolley Watarase Keikoku Go, and Trolley Wasshii Go. There is the ordinary type, and the open type, which has no window panes. The trolley trains allow customers to enjoy the ever-changing seasonal landscapes and refreshing wind of Watarase Keikoku (gorge). The trains do not run every day, so please be sure to check the website for operating schedules."
  • Ota City Nittanoshou History Museum
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    3.5
    11 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.

    旧石器時代、縄文時代、奈良時代、平安時代のものまで展示してありました。子ども達が歴史に興味を持ってくれたようです。

  • Raiden Shrine
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Ouragunitakuramachi Itakura 2334
    This shrine is located in Itakura Town. The three Gods worshipped here offer protection from calamity, directional misfortune and lightning. They are Honoikazuchi no Okami, Oikazuchi no Okami and Wakeikazuchi no Okami. It is the head Raiden shrine of the Kanto area. It is said that Prince Shotoku establishing a shrine in the small island of Inara Swamp, in the time of Empress Suiko, was how this Raiden Shrine came to be. The main shrine has a single pillar standing in the very center with doors that open either side. This mysterious construction can only be seen in seven places in the whole of Japan, so the main shrine was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the prefecture. The highlight of the shrine is the carving made by Tsunehachi Ishihara, the 10th generation maser of Jingoro Hidari. It is said to be the best architectural sculpture masterpiece of the Edo Period.

    休日に参拝 広い駐車場には数台の車 参拝者も数名 立派な建物です 周辺も田畑が多く参拝者向けの店も2軒ほど 敷地内は建物も多く見所も多い 木製の馬が収まっている小屋 巨大な石の玉子 少し下調べをしてから行った方が良いかもしれません。

  • Lake Kusaki
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    Gunma Pref. Midorishi Azumachoukusagi
    This is an artificial lake created when the Kusaki Dam was constructed on the Watarase River in 1977, and is located in Midori City, Gunma Prefecture. Nearby is the Azuma-cho Comprehensive Athletic Park where exercise facilities are maintained, as well as a walking path for hiking. The mountains of Ashio are reflected on the lake, making a peaceful atmosphere for hikers. A variety of trees, including cherry trees, planted nearby change the scenery in each season. The reflection of the red color of the Kusaki Bridge along the walking path is beautiful and something else to enjoy.
  • OKAWA MUSEUM OF ART
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kiryushi Kosonechou 3-69
    "This art museum is located 8 minutes by foot from the Jomo Line's Nishi-Kiryu Station, or alternatively, 10 minutes by taxi from Shin-Kiryu Station. The museum displays works collected by Eiji Okawa, a local of Kiryu City. Visitors can appreciate a variety of paintings, mainly consisting of works of art from the Meiji and Taisho periods, and including Eisaku Wada's landscape painting ""Matsushima Godaido"" and Takeji Fujishima's ""Mosha"". There are also a great number of Shunsuke Matsumoto's works and materials, which were the first works to be included in this collection. The museum aims to be a place where ""you can see the masterpieces you want to see, whenever you want to see them"", and as such, has sofas positioned in each of the exhibition rooms. It is designed so that visitors can take their time."

    Kiryu is not exactly a popular tourist destination, so I was surprised to find some really nice paintings in the Okawa museum. They include works from some well known European painters but also a...

  • Kiryu Tenmangu Shrine
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    25 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Kiryushi Tenjinchou 1-2-1
    This Shinto shrine deifies Sugawara no Michizane. It's one of the five great Tenjin shrines of the Kanto area. People worshiped there for its protective powers around 1187 when Kiryu clan controlled the surrounding area, but it became Kiryu Tenmangu Shrine around 1350 when the god from Kyoto's Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was merged with it. Sugawara no Michizane is a god of scholarship, and as there are many schools in the area, the grounds fill with students who come to pray. It is also known as god of traffic safety and secure travel. The shrine is designated as a Gunma Prefecture Important Cultural Property.

    I think this is the oldest shrine in Kiryu. It has some great wooden reliefs of the outside walls, lots of things you might want to take pictures of, and lots of problems you can ward off if you pay...

  • Takatsudo Gorge Walking Path
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    Gunma Pref. Midorishi Omamachoutakatsudo
    "This valley is located along the Watarase River in Takatsudo, Omamacho, Midori City. This well-known place of scenic beauty is sometimes called ""the Yabakei of Kanto"" after the famous Yabakei Gorge in Gifu Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy seasonal nature such as the fall foliage as well as scenic sights such as Gorilla Rock. There is also a promenade and a number of places to enjoy scenic views such as Takatsudo Bridge and Hanetaki Bridge."
  • Yata River Agebune Boat Tour
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    Gunma Pref. Ouragunitakuramachi Iwata 2941-3
    Gunma Suigo Park is located east of the Tohoku Expressway Tatebayashi Interchange. Here you can board a traditional agebune shallow boat and tour the Yata River. Propelled by a boatman using a single bamboo pole, the tour boat travels approximately two kilometers over a one hour period. Riders can relax and enjoy the nature-rich scenery of the Yata River—if you’re lucky, you might just spy a kingfisher, too. Boat tours are only offered on Saturdays, Sunday, and holidays four months out of the year—from May to June and from September to October. Even on clear days tours may be canceled due to the state of the river, so be sure to check whether tours are running the day you intend to go.
  • Old Bell Clock Tower
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    Gunma Pref. Isesakishi Kuruwachou 28-23
    This Old Bell Clock Tower in the Isezaki Domain lord’s residence is the oldest reinforced concrete structure in Gunma. Completed in 1916 during the Taisho period thanks to the donation of Keisuke Kobayashi who runs a chemist in Yokohama. It told the time to the town until 1937 when the metal in the clock and bell was used for the war efforts. The clock was restored after the war to its Taisho period state for the municipal government’s 50th anniversary. You can get a great feeling for the romanticism of the Taisho period with the red brick walls, renaissance windows and domed roof.
  • Former Soga Textile Mill
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    Gunma Pref. Kiryushi Honchou 1-7-15
    Located a 20 minute walk north of JR Kiryu Station. Soga Sukematsu built his fortune in the Meiji period, moving from working as a live-in apprentice for a raw silk thread dealer to becoming a tycoon in the silk thread market, and one of the things he purchased with this fortune was the land here. In 1922, he had this mill built to celebrate the wedding of his son, Kiichiro. Built with Oya tuff stone and consisting of five conjoined buildings with a saw-tooth roof, the mill produced silk goods up until 1970. Today it is preserved as a National Tangible Cultural Property; only the exterior is available for viewing by visitors. The structure still retains the atmosphere of a bygone era from the city of Kiryu’s past.

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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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