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  • Tanigawadake Ropeway
    184 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma prefecture Tone-gun Minakami-machi Yuzonso Yu Fukayama National Forest Tanigawa-dake ropeway
    This ropeway spanning Tanigawadake at the border of Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture connects the 746-meter altitude Doaiguchi Station with the Tenjindaira Station located at an altitude of 1,319 meters. There is also an observatory, and visitors can use a lift to reach Tenjin Toge Pass which is the start of a hiking route. The trekking course from Tenjin Toge follows the mountain ridge and takes about two and a half hours, and is a veritable treasure house for plants such as Hosobahinayukiso (a kind of Leontopodium Fairriei). The large 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the mountain affords spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains, and is a very popular hiking course that is suitable even beginners.

    I have mild height phobia so it’s a thrill ride for me. Beautiful views that change as you go higher. I went in summer so you can imagine how much more beautiful in autumn! Not cheap , 2000+¥. The...

  • Nature Navigator
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Obinata 260-1
    This Japanese Mecca of rafting is located approximately three minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. It plans and operates outdoor tours in Minakami. Visitors can refresh themselves in mind and body while on a tour accompanied by a veteran guide as they enjoy the beautiful valleys and their autumn leaves, view of Minakami Gorge and Suwakyo Gorge. The half-day rafting course is the most popular classic course. Enjoying the natural water slides while canyoning and lake canoeing while enjoying the natural surroundings are also popular.
  • Yagisawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Lake Akaya
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Aimata
    This dam lake is approximately 30 minutes by bus from Jomo-kogen Station or Gokan Station and was created during the construction of Aimata Dam. It is known as a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring, and for its summer green and the autumn hues in the autumn. The beautiful scenery of the Tanigawa mountain range can also be seen in the distance. Visitors can enjoy walking and marathon running while viewing the beautiful scenery, and boating and fishing can be enjoyed on the lake. The experience of kayaking while enjoying the beautiful seasonal scenery is also popular. A great place to make memories with family and loved ones.
  • Naramata Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara Washozawa 6322-24
    This multifunctional dam was constructed across the Naramata River, a tributary of Tone River, the north of Yu no Koya Hot Spring, in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. Completed in 1989, at a height of 158 meters, this rock-fill dam is the third highest in Japan. The fresh green and autumn leaves are beautiful, and from the observation deck which also has a dam museum, visitors can enjoy a wide panorama of Okutone, looking out at Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Kasagadake and the other mountains of Oze. Visitors can enjoy outdoor sports, such as canoeing and fishing at Lake Naramata, which was formed by the dam, and there are also many campsites in the area.
  • Minakami Outdoor Log & Auto Campsite (Hodaigi)
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara 915-1
    This campsite is located on a plateau surrounded by white birch and larch trees in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. In addition to the tent camping site, there are also bungalows and cottages, allowing visitors to enjoy camping however they like. There are a wide variety of experiences available, with sports such as white-water rafting, canyoning, off-road mountain biking, and classrooms such as pottery workshops. Visitors can enjoy the flowers surrounding the white birch forest in every season. There are natural flower gardens which make use of the topography of Hodaigi, including the hydrangea flower garden and herb garden from early summer to summer, and the gypsy roses from summer to autumn. The campsite is open from mid-April to mid-October.

    GWの初日にキャンプ場に泊まりました。 夜はまだまだとっても寒い!! でも、流星群がきていたからか、1時間で6個流れ星が見えました。 天の川もうっすら見えました。

  • Urami Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara
    These falls are large cascades with a 50-meter drop located near Hotaka-jinja Shrine in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, and are also known as Horai-no-Taki Falls. Legend has it that Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto prayed here for rain. Originally the falls were observed from behind, hence their name, but recently, due to the danger of rock falls, it is forbidden to take the path behind the falls. The view from the lookout nearby is spectacular and the water splashing as it flows into the basin is breathtaking. You can feel the minus ions around you.
  • Roadside Station Takumi no sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sukawa 847
    This roadside station is located at the entrance of Takumi no Sato, on Gunma Nakanojo-yugawara Prefectural Route 53, which hosts a variety of historical agricultural experience facilities. There is an information center with guide maps of the village and also rental bicycles ideal for exploring. The restaurant’s Galettes, which are made in a similar way to crepes with 100% Minakami-produced buckwheat flour and topped with seasonal vegetables and mushrooms, are also very popular. The direct sales outlet sells seasonal produce such as freshly picked local vegetables. There are also Konjac-making experiences available for visitors to enjoy.
  • Roadside Station Tsukiyono Yaze Shinsui Park
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Tsukiyono 2936
    This roadside station is located on Prefectural Route 61 on the Numata Minakami Road which follows the Tone River. It is approximately 6 kilometers from the Kan’etsu Expressway Tsukiyono Interchange. The agricultural direct sales outlet Tsukiyono Harvest sells fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables which are grown by local people so that they can be sold to tourists in this relaxing space. Old-fashioned and highly-reviewed natto made from locally grown soybeans is also produced and sold here. There is a water park with a grassy area and playground equipment, and also Yaze Ruins, a nationally designated historical site from the Jomon Period, where families can relax and play together.

    5-6歳の子供が遊ぶにはぴったりの遊具がたくさんあります。遊具のそばに駐車場がありますが、道の駅からも行くことができます。 近くには小さな川もあるので夏場は水あそびもできそうです。

  • Minwa to Kamishibai no Ie
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sarugakyouonsen 1150-1
    This old-fashioned house of entertainment is located in Sarugakyo Onsen, approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Tsukiyono Interchange, on National Route 17. It has collected and preserved over 500 folktales and around 2,000 Kamishibai plays, including those from before the war. It uses a half-scale reproduction of Nozokikarakuri, picture scrolls that tell the tale of Taketori Monogatari, a shadow play of the local folk tale, the Kappa’s Medicine, and other plays to teach visitors about the history of Kamishibai plays. Visitors can also watch videos and hear the stories told by the storytellers of Minwa no irori (fireplace).


  • Mt. Hotaka
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Tone-gun Katashina-mura, Tone-gun Minakami-machi, Tone-gun Kawaba-mura
    This is one of the “100 Mountains of Japan” and is situated at the border of Minakami-machi, Kawaba Village and Katashina Village. It includes a chain of seven peaks of 2,000 meters, including the main peak Mt. Okihotaka at 2,158 meters above sea. The ancient volcano is said to have formed about one million years ago, and there are many deep valleys created radially through erosion. It is known as a spiritual mountain where people have worshipped since ancient times and near the summit of the mountain is a statue of Yamato Takeru-no-mikoto, from which the mountain name was derived.
  • Suwakyo-ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Konita
    20 minutes by bus from Minakami Station. Built in 1994, this bridge has become a new tourist destination in the town of Minakami. A cable-stayed bridge suspended by diagonal cables, visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Tone River and the Tanigawa Mountains. The bridge is illuminated from sunset until 22:00, giving it a magical appearance. The Suwakyo-ohashi Bridge is also the only bridge in Japan from which you can try bungee jumping, and is the longest bungee drop in Japan at 42 meters.
  • Tenjin Pass Pair Lift
    Travel / Tourism
    Minami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma prefecture Yuzozo yu Fukigama National Forest
    Operates from April to November. The lift is closed during winter. Reachable by taking the ropeway from Mt. Tanigawa Base Plaza to Tenjindaira Station, this sightseeing pair lift connects Tenjindaira and Tenjintouge Station. The lift takes seven minutes one way. The lift connects to Tenjin Ridge walking and Mt. Tanigawa summit mountain climbing courses, and visitors can use the lift to enjoy the great outdoors of Mt. Tanigawa.
  • Nagurumi Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Shimodu
    "A seven minute drive by car from Jomo-Kogen Station on the JR Joetsu Shinkansen line. The lord Sanada Masayuki built the castle that once stood here in 1579 at the conjunction between the Tone and Akaya Rivers. The ruins were designated a Historic Site by Gunma Prefecture in 1949. After the broadcast of the popular television drama ""Sanada Maru"" on NHK, a portion of the ruins were restored in 2015 and in 2017 the castle was selected in a second edition to a list of Japan’s top 100 castles. The trees and stone monuments in the area convey the weight of its history."
  • Maruhiro Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Kamidu 989-2
    A farm certified as environmentally friendly by the governor of Gunma Prefecture a five minute drive by car from the Tsukiyono Interchange on the Kan-Etsu Expressway. The farm’s spacious four hectares of fields includes a dedicated apple-picking orchard; the farm grows around 20 varieties of apples with a focus on Gunma cultivars. The farm’s applies come into season throughout the year, from Oze no Aka in early August to Pink Ladies in December. Maruhiro Farm also grows other fruits such as prunes and pears. The farm’s apples and apple juice make for popular gifts.
  • Candle no Ie
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sukawa 822
    A workshop where you can make your own unique gel candle a 15 minute drive from the Tsukiyono Interchange. You can create your own fantasy candle by combining decorations in a glass holder like colored sand, cute glass ornaments, beads, seashells, and wire art. One session takes around 30 minutes and children age four and older can participate. The gel takes about 30 to 40 minutes to set after it is added at the end. While you wait, why check out the workshop's colorful candles and look for a souvenir?
  • Suwakyo
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Yubara
    This canyon is located along the Tone River near Mizukami Hot Spring in Minakami Town, Tone County. There’s a walkway for visitors to stroll down as they enjoy the seasonal scenery the canyon has to offer. Also, there are nighttime illumination events year-round, which can be seen from the Mizukami Bridge and the Yubara Bridge.
  • Mt. Tanigawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Minakami cho Yunoso Tone-gun, Gunma prefecture
    At 1977 meters in elevation, this mountain is one of Japan’s Top 100 Mountains, located on the border between Gunma and Niigata prefectures. The peak splits into two peaks—called “Toma no Mimi” and “Oki no Mimi” —with great climbing courses for both beginner and advanced climbers. Known for steep, rocky areas and harsh weather changes, there are ropeway and lift options to help. The mountain ridge is home to a wealth of alpine plants, and the overlapping mountain lines and diverse natural colors provide you with a fantastic view.
  • Teriha Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Mt. Tanikawa – Tenjindaira
    Travel / Tourism
    Minakami cho Yunoso Tone-gun, Gunma prefecture
    A plateau stretching out through the base of Mt. Tanigawa—a 1,977-meter-tall mountain at the border of Gunma and Niigata prefectures. In winter, it functions as a ski hill. In the spring and summer, you can enjoy walking here through the skunk cabbage, rhododendron, and other flowers.

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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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