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  • Numata Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Nishikurauchimachi 594
    This castle built on top of a cliff along the upper reaches of the Tone River has been selected as one of the Top 100 Castles in Japan. Fierce battles were waged by the Uesugi and Takeda clans for this strategic point in North Kanto. After the downfall of the Numata clan, the Sanada and Honda clans occupied the castle in succession. A five-story keep was built during the rule of the Sanada clan but was later reduced. Currently a portion of the honmaru remains, with Numata Park, an elementary school, and a high school on the surrounding grounds.
  • Mt. Kasho
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Tambara Ski Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tamahara Plateau Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
    A popular spot with high-quality powder snow located about two hours from Tokyo. Featuring eight courses in all from beginner to advanced it’s perfect for families. It offers a lot to kids coming to the slopes for their first time with a shallow slope for first-time skiiers “tamba land” for playing in the snow and a ski & snowboard school.
  • Numata
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref
  • Oze Hatomachi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Okutone Winery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunshouwamura Itoi Ohinata 6843
    This is a winery founded in 1991 at Showa village, Tone County in Gunma Prefecture. They started growing grapes in 2001, modelling the free and open style of wine making from a winery in Napa Valley, USA. There is a large range of grape varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay. Wine brands such as Oze and Tanigawa, priced reasonably, and barrel aged Nobuhill-703i series have been developed. Visitors can enjoy a tour and tasting at the winery as well as barbequing on the terrace.
  • Shirasawa Highland Hot Springs Bokyo-no-Yu
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Shirasawamachihiraide 1297
    This hot spring is located about ten minutes by car from Numata Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. The water quality of the spring is simple alkaline, effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, chronic digestive organ disease, poor circulation and chronic female complaints etc. There are a variety of baths such as spacious hot spring baths for men and women, an outdoor bath with a view overlooking the change of the seasons, as well as an open-air bath, and sauna and jacuzzi facilities. From the restaurant with a view guests can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery as well as carefully prepared dishes of seasonal ingredients.

    施設は綺麗で充実しているのですが、登山客がたくさん いる時期で、洗い場を使うのに待たなければ いけないほど混んでいました。

  • Homare-Kokko Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkawabamura Kawabayubara 2691
    This sake brewery, operated by Tsuchida Shuzo Brewery, is about ten-minutes by car from the Numata Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. The attached gallery, which is an old house that was once used for sericulture and moved to the site, houses a display of the brewer’s awards. The corridors inside the sake brewery are open anytime and visitors can view the sake production through the windows. If your timing is right you may see the production process such as preparation and pressing, and tours are available with a reservation. Sake tasting is also offered and you can taste the citrus sake, popular with women, and other outstanding sakes. In addition, you can enjoy Homarekokko sake, citrus sake, and soft serve ice cream with pure rice Daiginjo mixed in milk at the shop.
  • Roadside Station Shirasawa
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Shirasawamachihiraide 1297
    The roadside station is about ten minutes by car from the Numata Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. It stands on National Route 120 located at the entrance to Oze and Oku-Nikko Senjogahara battlefield. At “The Shirasawa”, a direct sales market, locally produced agricultural goods, honey and juice are available. The seasonal flavors of the “Shirasawa Kogen Soft”, a soft serve ice cream made of creamy milk from the Shirasawa Kogen Ranch, available between spring and autumn, is also popular. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Akagi and the surrounding mountains as well as the river terraces of the Katashina River from the Shirasawa Kogen Hot Spring “Bokyo Onsen” on site.

    吹き割りの滝の帰りに寄り道したのですが、ご飯もそこそこ美味しかったし温泉もゆっくりできて落ち着けました。

  • Lake Marunuma
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkatashinamura Higashiogawa
    This lake is about 80 minutes by car from the Numazu Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway, and was formed by lava from Mt. Shirane stopping the river flow. The “Marunuma Dam” was built between it and the Lake Ojiri-numa downstream. It is surrounded by virgin forests of oak and birch trees, and the fresh green colors in the early summer and autumnal leaves shining on the lake surface are beautiful. Marunuma Onsen is on the northern shore and is popular as a summer resort. Fish such as rainbow trout are released so it is known as a mecca for lure and fly fishing. The road is closed to vehicles during the winter (late December to late April).
  • Oze Marsh (Ozegahara)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Oigami Onsen Yumoto Hanatei
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Prefecture Numata City Tonecho Daizawa 1519-4
    This day-use spa is in Oigami Onsen, Tone Town. Guests unwind here bathing in the midst of their Japanese style garden that was designed by a Kyoto master gardener. The spa's hot spring source is on the premises, and the water is said to be good for the skin and help alleviate rheumatism. Facilities has two bath area. One is Tani no Yu with a view of Katashina River, including a bubbling bath, an indoor bath, and outdoor bath. The other is Taki no Yu with a view of a waterfall, including outside bathes such as reclining surrounded by rocks, and cascading as well as an indoor bath. They also have a footbath that's open in summer.
  • Tambara Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Tamahara Highland, Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
    This reservoir was created at the time of the Tamabara Dam's construction in 1981. It's a rock-fill dam used exclusively by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) for hydroelectric power generation. A 4.5-kilometer bike path runs around the lake and the open area around the dam lets visitors take a look. The surrounding area has facilities like a ski field and a campground.
  • Koshinkan, Kura Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkawabamura Monzen 713
    Visitors enjoy sake at this cafe in an old sake storehouse built during the Meiji period (1868–1912) that was once owned by the Nagai Shuzo brewery. There is even a sugitama in front of the shop, a large ball of cedar twigs that often hangs from the eaves of sake breweries. The menu resembles a sake brewery's too, with steamed buns made with sake lees, blanc-manger, chocolate ganache, and more. They also have light meals made with salted koji mold and coffee prepared with water used for sake making. Their sake tasting set lets you sip and compare the fine Mizubasho and Tanigawadake brews. You'll have a great time at this brewery.
  • Homare-Kokko Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkawabamura Kawabayubara 2691
    This brewery run by Tsuchida Shuzo was founded in 1907. Their signature Homarekokko brand has been winning awards at various Japanese sake competitions since before World War II. Visitors can watch sake brewing in progress from their panel window hallways which are always accessible. In addition to tasting their sake, you can try their sweets made with a mix of milk and junmai ginjoshu sake. They have a gallery and a shop too.
  • Yoriiyama Onsen Hokkori no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunkatashinamura Kamada 4078-1
    This hot spring facility is in Yoriiyama Onsen. Its alkaline simple spring is clear, colorless, and drawn from a source known as Ogake-no-Yu. It has a rest area that's a great spot to unwind after your bath, and its cafe serves coffee, cold drinks, light fare, sweets, and more. There's also a candy shop and a variety store selling handmade items, perfect for a small snack or a gift.
  • Oshimizu Marsh
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Prefecture Tone County Katashina village
    This expansive marsh in Oze National Park spreads aside of the Oze trailhead. Its wide wooden walkways let you take in the area at your leisure and make it wheelchair accessible, too. The marsh has lots of Oze's famous mizubasho skunk cabbage, and the area bursts into white when it's in bloom. There are violet blossomed eastern skunk cabbages as well. The Oshimizu Rest Area is to the side of the marsh and provides a convenient place to park.
  • Mountain-side Restaurant Mizubasho
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Tonemachihiragawa 1514-1
    This Japanese restaurant is on the Romantic Road. A clear stream flows nearby and the shop's soba made with pure water is a local favorite. Their fare includes char, which can only thrive in pristine mountain streams, saved as sashimi or grilled. Char is another local favorite. The Watasuge-no-Yu hot spring spa is on the premises so you take a bath along with your meal. Even the showers use the hot spring water, which is said to help alleviate muscle soreness and sensitivity to cold.

    建物は旅籠のような雰囲気で旅情を感じさせます。蕎麦は香りや歯ごたえがしっかりあって正統派な感じ。旅路での食事は外したくないものですが、蕎麦湯まで美味しくいただけました。舞茸の天ぷらはサクサク、岩魚の塩焼きはパリパリしてて抜群でした。駐車場も広いので駐車しやすかったです。 こういうお店に出会えてこのときの旅は素敵な思い出になりました。

  • Spa Resort Yuniiku
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Numata-shi Usunemachi 3435
    "This day trip hot spring bathhouse is located in Numata City, Gunma Prefecture. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium chloride spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and sensitivity to cold. Customers can enjoy a variety of bathing facilities, including an outdoor bath, indoor bathing area, sauna, and lie down ""tsuboyu"" round single person baths. The bathhouse also has a rare salt sauna steam bath where you soak yourself in salt heated to between 40 and 50° C; these low temperatures prevent any sense of breathing difficult and are popular with women and those who normally dislike saunas. In addition, the sauna is replete with a restaurant and rest lounge and, in summer and fall, visitors can also enjoy barbecuing, caravan camping, and a fishing pond."

    露天風呂が気持ちよく、650円なら納得です。連休中の昼間に行きましたが、空いていました。少し分かりにくい場所のお陰で、穴場かもしれません。

  • Oze Marshland Rest Area
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Tone-gun Katashinamura Tokura Nakaharayama 898-13
    A rest area located in the Oze Marshland. Standing next to the Ozenuma Sanso mountain villa, the rest area has a restaurant and gift and souvenir shop. In the restaurant, you can enjoy light meals such as udon noodles, soba noodles, and kakuni stewed pork belly ramen; the scarlet runner bean gelato is particularly popular. The shop sells a variety of gifts, souvenirs, and Mont Bell products. Visitors can take in a view of Oze Marshland and Hiuchigatake beyond and take a relaxing break in an open, area, and relaxing location. The rest area also bustles with hikers using it as a base for hiking in Oze Marshland and climbing Hiuchigatake.

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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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