Spots in Maebashi / Takasaki Area

  • Haruna Shrine
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    4.5
    345 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.

    The shrine is situated on the mountain. You need to walk uphill to reach the shrine. The nature along the way and freash air will make you feel not tired at all. The nature is very beautiful with...

  • Akagi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    99 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.

  • Takasaki Byakui Daikannon
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    4.0
    161 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...

  • Mt. Haruna Ropeway
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    4.0
    44 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
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    4.0
    63 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...

  • 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.
  • Minowa Castle Ruins
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    3.5
    41 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...

  • 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.
  • Shikishima Park Rose Garden
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    4.0
    39 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.

  • Tennen Onsen Yu-yu
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    4.0
    53 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...

  • Roadside Station Kurabuchi Oguri no Sato
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Kurabuchimachisannokura 296-1
    This roadside station is located at the foot of Mt. Haruna, on National Route 406, approximately 30 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Matsuida-Myogi Interchange. The building was designed to resemble a warehouse, and on the first floor, has shops that sell local agricultural produce and processed foods, as well as a restaurant where customers can enjoy local cuisines. On the second floor, is a rest corner which is equipped with baby-change toilets, computers for looking up information and other facilities, as well as a 24-hour rooftop deck that has a brilliant view of the surrounding mountains and fields. There is also a multipurpose hall which acts as a local community center.

    四万温泉の帰りに寄りました。 丁度長野堰の歴史についてのジオラマ展示がしてありました。解説してくださる方がおり詳しく説明していただきました。

  • Roadside Station Fujimi
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachishi 1569-1
    This roadside station is located on National Route 353, approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Akagi Interchange, in the perfect place for visitors to Mt. Akagi to casually drop by. The Fujimi spa FUREAIKAN, day-trip hot spring facility’s outdoor bath has a great view overlooking the Kanto Plain and visitors can enjoy Restaurant Akagi’s dishes which are made with local ingredients and natural water from Akagi. The Kaze Line Fujimi agricultural direct sales outlet has a range of seasonal vegetables, as well as Joshu’s famous baked Manju and homemade croquettes.

    JR前橋駅から道の駅と併設の富士見温泉みはらしの湯はバスで結ばれています。道の駅には広い駐車場もあり新鮮な野菜の直売をしています。温泉にはお食事処もあり価格もリーズナブルで美味しいです。

  • Roadside Station Akagi no Megumi
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    4.0
    8 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.

    施設は比較的綺麗な方だとおもいます。野菜の直売場には新鮮な野菜がいっぱい並んでいますが午後は品薄になるので午前中がお勧めです。敷地内の温泉には温水プールも併設しているので子様連れでも楽しめると思います。

  • Takasaki Museum of Art
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Yashimachou 110-27
    This museum is located three minutes from JR Takasaki Station Nishi-guchi (West exit) by foot. It has a variety of exhibits, such as paintings, sculptures and designs, mainly on contemporary art. It is near to the station, making it an easy-to-visit art space. The museum has many art collections, including Kaoru Yamaguchi, Masao Tsuruoka and other works in connection with Takasaki City, and holds gallery talks and workshop events around planned exhibitions. The Former Inoue Fusaichiro Residence on the premises was designed after the famous architect, Antonin Raymond's home and workplace.

    I love this museum, its conveniently located and has a great gift shop. We usually go there when they have special exhibits.

  • Ristorante Italiano 'Shango' Main Shop
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    3.5
    74 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...

  • Communication park for dogs and people
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachishi 2252-1
    This is the largest dog theme park in Kita Kanto and is located approximately 15 minutes from the Kan-etsu Expressway Akagi Interchange. It is a place where visitors can come face-to-face with a variety of dogs from around the world. Even if they have never owned a dog, visitors can walk and play with their favorite dogs here. The theme park has the largest dog park in Japan, and is equipped with a foot-washing area and exclusive pool. There is also a dog café, where visitors can enjoy meals with the dogs, and spend time with their own dogs. There is also a pet shop which has a wealth of merchandise and food, and can be accessed from outside the park. There is even a sales section for those who wish to buy a puppy.

    カフェは入ってません。犬のいる施設を見にいきました。ふれあいコーナーの犬たちはいくつか狭い冷たいコンクリートの床のスペースに何匹もいます。たびたび犬同士の喧嘩も見受けられました。弱い子は片隅の小さいハウスに逃げ込んでました。従業員は覇気がない。犬がおしっこしてもすぐ掃除しない。あちこち濡れてて犬はそれをふんでるので手足は濡れています。ふれあいコーナーにいない犬は、「引退したので散歩できません」と書...

  • Yasuragino Yu (Gunma Onsen)
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    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。

  • Lake Haruna Spa YUSUGE MOTOYU
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    3.0
    14 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Takasakishi Harunakomachi 846-3
    "This natural hot spring is located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Haruna, approximately 40 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange. There is accommodation available at the hot spring. There are large baths and outdoor baths separated by gender, and also a large bath available in a second building ""Lakeside Yusuge"", the free-flowing spring water of which is drawn directly from the source. It is a sodium magnesium calcium-sulfate chloride spring, which is said to be effective for nerve pain, muscle pain, recovery from fatigue and so on. All of the guest rooms have views of Lake Haruna, and guests can enjoy Wakasagi Gozen meals which are made with fresh, local ingredients."

    Its not super new and immaculately clean. But it has a lot things u need and the cleanliness is acceptable... so its still OK! :) towels and yukata rent are cheap I booked a bungalow, stayed...

  • Akagi Park Visitor Center
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Fujimimachiakagisan 1
    This is a prefectural park of about 1,290 hectares in size, at the top of Mt. Akagi surrounded by nature, approximately 60 minutes from the Akagi Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. The facility displays information on the current state and structure of Mt. Akagi through its animals, plants and geological features. In addition to exhibitions on the history and beautiful nature of Mt. Akagi, there is also a rest house, a tourist information office, and trekking maps are available to purchase. Visitors can use it as a base for sightseeing and hiking in the region. The facility is barrier free and suitable for wheelchairs.

    県立赤城公園ビジターセンターは覚満淵の傍にあり、 この看板は、県立赤城公園の覚満淵の案内図で、散策コースがあります。 すぐ上には鳥居峠がありそこから覚満淵が一望できます。 県立赤城公園ビジターセンターが覚満淵の道向こうにありそこに車を停めているので、 一応トイレを借り、中も見てみます。 付近の動植物の展示と冬季オリンピックのスキーメダリストの猪谷千春さんの展示がありました。 鳥居があるので赤城神社...

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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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