Spots in Maebashi / Takasaki Area

  • Haruna Shrine
    rating-image
    4.5
    355 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunasanmachi 849
    This shrine is located in Harunasan-machi, Takasaki City, Gunma prefecture. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Emperor Youmei over 1,400 years ago, and provides divine favors for successful businesses and crops. The inner shrine and various buildings have been a designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan and the shrine’s Yatate-sugi (cedar trees) are designated a Natural Monument of Japan.

    Despite renewal work that will continue for another five years, the trip to Haruna Jinja is one well-worth making. It will not disappoint.

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
    rating-image
    4.0
    108 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan 4-2
    The Akagi-jinja Shrine is located at the top of Mt. Akagi. It has been known as a mountain where gods have resided since ancient times. Mt. Akagi is the main enshrined deity and Akagi Daimyojin is worshiped as the god of the lake. On the first Saturday of August, the Soke, or Grand Master, in charge of Ogasawara style Japanese horseback archery etiquette and his disciples hold a Japanese archery dedicatory match. At night, paper lanterns are set adrift in a ceremony called Toronagashi accompanied by a firework display and every year many tourists visit the festival. The Autumn Festival held on the national Sports day in October is also very popular.

    Drove to the shrine which has free parking. The bridge to the shrine adds to the picture. It was a quiet day as it was partly misty. A must when in the area.

  • Shorinzan Daruma-ji Temple
    rating-image
    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Hanadakamachi 296
    The Shorinzan Darumaji Temple is famous for the Festival of the Seven Herbs of Spring, where they pray for the ideal direction. This festival of seven herbs began over 200 years ago during the Tenmei period by commoners seeking salvation from famine. The festival occurs every year on January 6 and 7.

    Easy to access by car, would be long walk by bus or train. You can buy daruma doll, make a wish and write one eye on then complete other once your wish comes true.

  • Takasaki Byakui Daikannon
    rating-image
    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Ishiharamachi Guanyinshan
    A symbol of Takasaki City, the Takasaki Byakui Daikannon is a giant reinforced concrete statue of the Buddhist bodhisattva Kannon (Guanyin) which was erected in 1936. The white gown the statue is wearing represents the pure heart that is needed to attain enlightenment. 41.8 meters tall and approximately six thousand tons in weight, the statue was the biggest of its kind in Asia when it was first constructed. The interior of the statue is lined with 20 figures of the Buddha and high priests; visitors can also climb up to the statue’s ninth floor (shoulder height). In recent years, the statue has come to be popularly known for providing luck in finding love and marriage, and on Valentine’s Day, the Red Thread Prayer Festival is held at the statute, referencing the invisible red thread of fate said to tie true lovers together.

    I actually visited before cherry blossom in Gunma, but they have some early bloom species, and when taken with the statue, the effect is very breathtaking. Other than that, entrance to the temple is...

  • Gunma Flower Park
    rating-image
    4.0
    75 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Kashiwaguramachi 2471-7
    Gunma Flower Park, with various flowers blooming all year round, is a facility offering lectures and experience classes on flowers and plants. The restaurant in the park has a large menu using mainly local ingredients and visitors can enjoy special limited items. During the winter season the park is illuminated from sunset to 21:00, and visitors can enjoy the beautiful park and twinkling lights.

    2月下旬に訪れたので、花桃が咲いていました。また、大きな雛壇も飾られていて素敵でした。 春に訪れればもっと色々な花が見れそうです。 There were Prunus persica blooming becouse I went to go there at late February. In spring, a lot of flowers in this garden will be...

  • Mt. Haruna Ropeway
    rating-image
    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunakomachi 845-1
    Take the Gunma Bus from Ikaho Bus Terminal and get off at the “Ropeway-mae” stop. Mt. Haruna, one of the “Three Mountains of Jomo” together with Mt. Akagi and Mt. Myogi, is a popular sightseeing destination. Visitors can board the ropeway at Harunakogen Station. The station is located 1,097 meters above sea level, and the lift, taking a little more than three minutes, brings riders to the 1,391 meter high top of the mountain. As riders approach the summit, the scenery changes, and you can enjoy looking down on Lake Haruna as you travel through the skies; the scenic outlook at Haruna Fujisansancho Station offers a sweeping panorama of the area.

    It was a good 360 degree view from the top. There are also walking trails you can take. Nice walk around and bonding with the family.

  • Lake Haruna
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • LUNA PARK, Maebashi Central Children's Playground
    rating-image
    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Otemachi 3-16-3
    Founded in 1954, the self-designated “most nostalgic park in Japan” is an amusement park located in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture. The park runs fondly remembered rides of old, including a merry-go-round, a choo-choo train, and an airplane tower, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. The wooden horse stable runs five automated horse rides that are Registered Tangible Cultural Properties. Entrance is free. The large rides cost 50 yen, while the wooden horse rides, popular with local children, are 10 yen.

    All the rides are cheap and are good for families with young kids as other reviewers indicated, probably good for around 5yrs old. Went there on a weekday, pretty much empty, spent around an hour and...

  • Tennen Onsen Yu-yu
    rating-image
    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Omotechou 2-10-31
    "A day trip hot spring bathhouse located a two-minute walk from JR Maebashi Station. The bathhouse' vaunted private natural sodium chloride spring wells up from directly underneath the facility. This spring, also known as the ""Netsu no Yu,"" is adjusted so that the waters are just a little on the lukewarm side. The bathhouse sells sets which include a towel and robe, etc., making it easy to stop by here without needing to bring anything. In addition to an indoor bathing area, the bathhouse's bright, open, and airy outdoor bath has a view of a beautiful courtyard area for bathers to enjoy. Other facilities include a dry sauna and steam bath, as well as a bedrock bath back you can take a relaxing soak in with a reservation made at the front reception desk."

    A bit difficult to find for a gaijin (local guidance advisable) but a very nice onsen with inside and outside pools. Of course, standard onsen etiquette expected but they do tolerate smallish tattoos...

  • Mt. Akagi
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Shikishima Park Rose Garden
    rating-image
    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Shikishimachou 262
    This rose garden in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture’s Shikishima Park has about 7,000 rose bushes of 600 species. Enjoy a variety of roses collected both domestically and from abroad, including heirloom roses, English roses, and Japanese imperial roses. Don’t miss the Rose Garden Festival. It bustles with people every year and is illuminated at night.

    The roses were in full bloom and the Rose Festival was in full swing when we visited. It was a clean and beautiful park. Parking was also conveniently located.

  • Minowa Castle Ruins
    rating-image
    3.5
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Misatomachihigashiakiya ・ Nishiakiya
    These famous castle ruins are located approximately 30 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Takasaki Interchange and Maebashi Interchange. Minowa castle was built in the Sengoku Period by Nagano Narimasa. It was known as an impregnable castle that prevented Takeda Shingen’s attacks numerous times but was abandoned in the time of Ii Naomasa. The ruins of the castle gate, wall and drainage system remain, and many are unchanged from when the castle was governed by Ii Naomasa. It was designated as a national Historic Site in 1987 and selected as one of Japan’s top 100 castles. There is a battle event every year in October, during the Minowa Castle Festival, where the warriors form two groups, Takeda side and Nagano side, which try to attack and defend the castle.

    Japan Castle that they are usually called Ciro. Its a tall structure. But this Minowa Castle Ruins is more old. A long time ago king was build Castle where defend place by an enemy. Here is good...

  • Keyaki Walk Maebashi
    rating-image
    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Maebashi-shi Bunkyocho 2-1-1
    This two-story shopping mall, surrounded by a row of Japanese zelkova trees, is an eight-minute walk from Maebashi Station. The mall is host to 150 establishments and is anchored by the large Apita Maebashi Store supermarket, which carries everything from food to daily necessities to clothing. The mall also has a movie theater, large bookstore, and electronics store. The mall is popular with all types of people and is used for everyday shopping, dates, and family outings.

    JR前橋駅から徒歩で10分位です。車出来た場合は土日は込み合います。館内には映画館やレストラン街、フードコート、様々な専門店があり地元の人の生活に密着した施設です。若い人には良いけどお年寄りには広すぎるかも。

  • Takasaki Kyougashima Tennen Onsen Yutori
    rating-image
    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Shimanomachi 890-3
    This hot spring facility is located approximately 20 minutes by bus from the JR Takasaki Station. The sodium bicarbonate spring water, drawn from 1,500 meters underground is said to have a cleansing effect on the skin. Visitors can enjoy the free-flowing spring water drawn directly from the source in the rare outdoor baths such as the rock bath, the Hinoki no Yu and the Oiwa no Yu, situated in a large hollowed out rock. There is also an indoor bath and private rooms with baths available for the use of families and groups, where visitors can take their time relaxing in the hot springs and enjoying meals. In the restaurant, visitors can enjoy tsuke-shabu, made with pork sourced from within Gunma Prefecture.

    We reserved 1 room with 2 bathtubs because my boyfriend hates to be naked in Onsen. And also we wanted to stay together. There are private bath areas also in this Onsen place, which allows people...

  • Mt. Haruna
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Roadside Station Akagi no Megumi
    rating-image
    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Ogikubomachi 437-11
    This roadside station is located on the Shibukawa Ogo road, on Prefectural Route 34, almost in the very center of Maebashi City, approximately 20 minutes from the Kita Kanto Expressway Komagata Interchange. The vast site of this day-trip Ainoyama no Yu hot spring, which also has a restaurant and pool, and the farm’s direct sales store Ajisai sells the popular soft cream made with fresh milk from Kozu Ranch, is surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery of southern foot of Mt. Akagi. And at adjoining Ogikubo Park, visitors can see the 10 different types of 16,000 hydrangea in full bloom in late June and the fireflies along the river that runs through the park.

    群馬県前橋市荻窪町にある巨大な道の駅。 赤城山から15kmほどの南麓の自然豊かな場所で、隣接する荻窪公園は紫陽花がキレイな場所です。 池や沼などの水辺や広い芝生広場もあり、散歩やランニングをしてる方がたくさんいました。 園内の川沿いではホタル鑑賞も楽しむことができるみたいで6月上旬が見頃みたいです。 夜から早朝までの滞在でしたので利用できませんでしたが温泉施設もあり、充実した道の駅です。車中泊だ...

  • Fujimi Onsen Miharashinoyu Fureaikan
    rating-image
    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachishi 1569-1
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is adjoined to the Roadside Station Fujimi, approximately 20-minute drive from the Akagi Interchange on the Kan-Estu Expressway via the Prefectural Route 70 and the National Route 353. From the outdoor bath one has a panoramic view of the Maebashi City, which is an especially beautiful sigh at night. The water is drawn from one of the few sources in the Kanto region that is over 1,500 meters underground and is sodium and calcium chloride rich spring. These waters are said to be beneficial for skin diseases, nerve pain, women’s disorders, sensitivity to cold, stiff shoulders, and other symptoms. In the winter, after coming out of the outoside bath with your body heated to warm red glow, allowing your body to cool down with against Akagi air is exhilarating.

    塩分多めの温泉でした。 料金は終日なので時間を気にせず温泉を楽しめます。食事も取れます。 隣は農産物の直売所なので野菜を購入して帰りました。

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
    rating-image
    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Watanukimachi 992-1
    "This art museum is located in a prefectural park in Gunma Prefecture, next to the Gunma no Mori bus stop, accessible by the City loop bus from the JR Takasaki Station. It contains around 2,000 pieces of diverse modern art, ranging from Japanese works, such as Sotaro Yasui's ""Ashi wo arau onna"" and foreign artists such as Claude Monet's ""Water Lilies"". Events including exhibitions in the exhibition room which straddles two floors, lectures in the auditorium and workshops are held on the second floor. A restaurant and a shop selling accessories and other items are also located on the first floor."

    This construction was build by an architect Sin Isozaki. He is famous designer in the world. And a lot of well known painting in there with large forest. You can walk in the park.

  • Ristorante Italiano 'Shango' Main Shop
    rating-image
    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Tonyamachi 1-10-24
    Shango is a long established Italian restaurant where visitors can casually enjoy an extensive menu of cuisine made with carefully selected ingredients. The main store in Tonyamachi has a high open ceiling and visitors can see the stained glass window from seats on first floor, giving the restaurant a European feel. The pasta and pizza dishes are large portions at reasonable prices, but the set menus are recommended for their good value.

    This is a local favorite in a city famous for pasta. They have three restaurants I believe, Ive been to two. Their flavors are a little different, have a little twist added that make them either...

  • Yasuragino Yu (Gunma Onsen)
    rating-image
    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Kanekomachi 1767
    This hot spring is located in Gunma Prefecture, approximately 40 minutes by bus or taxi from the JR Takasaki Station. The amber-colored spring water warms the body to the core, and is said to be effective for illnesses such as nerve pain and sensitivity to cold, in addition to having a cleansing effect on the skin. The hot spring water is free flowing and drawn from its source, and visitors can enjoy a variety of baths including outdoor baths and foot baths. There are also private rooms with baths for groups and families to take their time relaxing. The restaurant offers several local dishes such as Okkirikomi noodle and fluffy omelet.

    榛名山のふもとの裾野にある温泉。施設は新しくはないですが、昔から地域で愛されていることがしみじみと感じられる味わいのあるお風呂です。

Gunma Areas

around-area-map

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.

Gunma Photo Album

Browse Interests