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  • Shima Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Nakanojomachi Shima
    Shima means 40,000, and according to legend the miraculous waters of this hot spring district, surrounded by natural beauty, can cure 40,000 illnesses. The development of this area into a hot spring destination is said to have begun when Sakanoue no Tamuramaro bathed here while setting out as shogun in command of a force sent to conquer the Emishi region in the north. In 1954, this health resort was one of the first in Japan to be designated a National Hot Spring Health Resorts, alongside Sukayu Onsen in Aomori and Nikko Yumoto Onsen in Tochigi. The area's 42 source springs generate an abundant 3,500 liters of piping hot water every minute. The springs are sodium, calcium chloride, and sulfate springs. In ancient times, it is believed that people came here to soothe their sore skin after bathing in the highly acidic waters at Kusatsu Onsen.
  • Kusatsu Onsen Ski Resort
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    4.0
    160 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Agatsuma-gun Kusatsumachi Shiranekokuyurin 158 Rinhan
    This ski resort is situated along National Route 292 in Kusatsu Town. The resort's 8,000-meter-long slope is outfitted with nine courses and experiences a 926 meter difference in elevation. In addition, resort visitors can strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek amidst forest or make their way to the crater lake at Mt. Shirane. The resort also has a kids park and offers a daycare service.

    The ski slopes include various types of terrain and difficulty level - great for skiers including people with a long break in their winter sport training. The lifts take you to different places going...

  • Palcall Tsumagoi Resort and Ski Area
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Hoshimata Baragi plateau
    This vast ski resort is located in Tsumagoi Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, and has the longest gondola in Kanto, at 3.2 kilometers. At 16 courses, it has the largest number of slopes in Kanto as well, and a Family Land Park kids’ slope which is fully equipped with a snowpark with three-meter vinyl chloride rails, a snow escalator and other items. This park is well suited to those beginners who do not have equipment of their own. In the summer and autumn, visitors can enjoy pet-friendly gondola rides and the dog park.
  • Karuizawa Snow Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Kitakaruizawa 2032-16
    "This ski resort is inside President Resort, in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. It is located 40 minutes from Karuizawa Station by either shuttle bus or by taxi. There are a variety of courses, from a family course which is suitable for lift beginners, to the expert ""Azalea"" course with a maximum gradient of 32 degrees, for skiers of all levels to enjoy themselves. There is a dog park where visitors can play with their pets in the snow, and there are also pet-friendly cottages and a dog hotel located nearby. Additionally, there are restaurants and hot springs nearby, and visitors can enjoy them throughout the day."
  • Karuizawa Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    187 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Omae Hosono 2277
    A theme park located in Omae-hosohara, Tsumagoi Village, you’ll find plenty of attractions here, including the “Toy Room Area,” which is filled with toys from across all eras, the “Nature Athletic Area,” which utilizes Karuizawa’s natural scenery to provide entertainment, and the “Attraction Area,” which has something for children of all ages. If you have a free pass, you can get a discount on Hotel Green Plaza Karuizawa’s lunch buffet and hot spring, which makes this a great option for a day trip.

    Nice place for children 10 years old and under with loads of activities and amusements to keep them occupied. For older kids it is not so interesting after a while. The park is getting tired but was...

  • Manza Prince Hotel
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    4.0
    386 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura Manza Onsen
    This is the sister hotel of the Manza Kogen Hotel and is located at an altitude of around 1,800 meters. It is located approximately 80 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Usui-Karuizawa Interchange. Visitors can enjoy the three hot springs, including the Komakusa no Yu, with its view of the mountains and the star-filled sky, and the Shakunage no Yu, which is a roofed outdoor bath reserved for women only. The spring water is a characteristic cloudy color with its high sulfur content. It is an acidic, sulfuric magnesium sodium sulfur chloride spring. It is said to have a skin cleansing effect and to be effective for nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, recovery from fatigue, etc. All of the guest rooms have free Wi-fi and it is also possible for non-guests of the hotel to use the baths.

    An interesting drive up to the snowy Hotel (ca. 1800m) towards the end of November. Hotel building was quite dated and room was just average. Main attraction was the outdoor onsen facing many...

  • Onioshidashi Park
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    4.0
    342 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara 1053
    This beautiful scenery was created from the lava that flowed out and spread when Mt. Asama had its giant eruption in 1783. The sight of the giant lava boulders scattered around makes for an impressive sight. In spring the lovely alpine plants bloom in profusion, while visitors can enjoy the changing leaves in the fall. The contrast with the deep black earth is indeed a sight to behold.

    The lava field is interesting. The reds of the shrines also stand out among the grey of the lava field.

  • Manza Onsen Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura Manza Onsen
    This ski resort is located approximately 80 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Usui-Karuizawa Interchange. Visitors can enjoy the majestic views of the mountains and the exhilarating feeling of skiing straight down to the bottom. There are various courses, from beginners’ courses to expert-level courses, including the wide, floodlit main slope in front of the Prince Hotel, and the forested slope with lots of variation. There is also the Manza Snowfield with its snow escalator, sledding slope and tubing course, where small children can safely enjoy the snow.
  • Roadside Station Yanba Furusato-Kan
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Hayashi 1567-4
    This roadside station is located on Hayashi Intersection, between Prefectural Route 375 and the National Route 145 Yanba Bypass, approximately one hour from the Kan’etsu Expressway Ikaho Interchange. Visitors can rest at the natural foot bath here while viewing the spectacular scenery. The Yanba Market has specialties such as freshly picked fruit and vegetables and scarlet runner beans for sale. Visitors can also eat the famous Otsumi Dango Soup and Yanba Dam Curry at the Yanba Cafeteria. The soft cream made with local Asama-kogen milk has a rich fragrance and sweet flavor and is very popular. There are also parking area for exclusive use of visitors spending night in their cars and quick charger for EV.

    ツアーで草津温泉に行く途中に寄りました。焼きたてのパンやソフトクリームなど、小腹がすいていたのでとてもありがたかったです。お土産も充実していて、できれば帰りに寄りたかったと思いました。今度行ったら買い物をしっかりしたいです。

  • Asama-shuzo Brewery’s Direct Sales Outlet
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Naganohara 1392-10
    This sake brewery is located approximately 70 minutes by car from Shibukawa Ikaho interchange. The dry environment and soft water of Oku Joshu gives the sake made here a refreshing flavor. In the brewery, visitors can take the sake-tasting challenge and experience making Joshu's specialty Konjac. There is also a dining hall where visitors can enjoy the local cuisine leisurely and a cafeteria which sells Daiginjo soft-serve ice cream. The shop has an assortment of interesting items for sale, including limited items and souvenirs. Visitors who use the Senpaku Kankou Taxi service from the Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station of JR Agatsuma Line will also receive discount vouchers for the brewery. There is also parking available for visitors who wish to use their own car.

    たくさんの種類のお酒を試飲できます。 ここでしか買えないものもあり、ついつい買ってしまったりして。大吟醸ソフトを買おうとしたら、車の運転は避けてとあったので諦めました。

  • Shima Yamaguchikan
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    4.0
    150 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima A 3876-1
    This more than 300-year old Yuyado hot spring's water is drawn directly from the source and is located in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Guests can enjoy the Shima hot spring while viewing the scenery of the Shimagawa River, which changes with the seasons. The hot spring is very famous for its cleansing effect on the skin, and in addition to its moisturizing and detoxing effects, it is also effective for rashes, eczema, women’s diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, etc. The dishes made with an abundance of local seasonal ingredients and the Kamishibai plays acted out by the owner are also very popular.

    It wasnt too difficult catching a local bus from Nakanojo to Shima Onsen Yamaguchi bus stop where the Onsen is located, next to a small gorge. It is up in the mountains, where we get crisp clean air...

  • Tsumagoi Panorama Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi-mura
    This is a wide farm road made up of two routes, from the north and south, that goes two-thirds around the mountain foothills near the center of Tsumagoi Village. The southern route runs through extensive cabbage fields while getting close to Mt. Asama, and connects to the northern route after crossing National Route 144. The northern route runs to the north of Tsumagoi Village along the plateau region and foothills of the mountains of Azumaya and Kusatsu Shirane, passing “Aisai-no-Oka”, famous for the sacred area of devoted husbands. Mountain vegetables and cabbages are sold along the roadside from July to October. Part of the northern route is closed during the winter months due to snow.
  • Kyukamura Tsumagoi-Kazawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Tsumagoi Muraokazawa Onsen
    This complex-accommodation facility is located approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the JR Manza-Kazawaguchi Station, or alternatively, 60 minutes by shuttle bus from the Uedaeki onsen-guchi. In addition to the complex's two different magnificent views of the surrounding forest from the rooms available, it also has Kumoi no Yu, an outdoor bath, and entertainment such as Momijigari (autumn-leaf viewing), and enjoyable nature-filled activities such as night hiking and camping. In the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a seasonal menu with items such as Joshu beef, highland vegetables and Matsutake mushrooms.
  • More Than
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Isemachi 148-1
    This direst sales outlet and restaurant is located along National Route 353 in Nakanojo Town, and was established to tell people how delicious Tamagoya’s eggs are. The famous Nakanojo Chockie baked confectionaries are made with eggs from affiliated farms located at the foot of Mt. Haruna and flour and milk produced in Gunma Prefecture. The outlet mainly sells its own 100% additive-free fresh confectionaries and baked confectionaries, as well as freshly laid eggs, local agricultural produce and crafts produced by affiliated companies. The restaurant’s Tamagoya Omelet Rice is very popular.

    今回は「チーズオムライス+アラビアータソース」と「アフォガード」をいただきました。トマトソースとタマゴはベストマッチですね、美味しいです。デザートの「アフォガード」も別売ですが、いただいちゃいました。美味しかったです。

  • NAKANOJO HILL TOP GARDEN
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama Komoriguchi 4046-2
    This experience facility is located along Prefectural Route 55, at the end of Hanamomo Road, in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Visitors can appreciate various seasonal flowers such as Renge Azalea in the spring, Fuji Bakama in the summer, and herbs such as Hellebore and Dutch Sedum until mid-November. There are experience classes for dry flower wreath making and herbarium making, where participants can make their own original pieces. There is also a restaurant with a high ceiling and a clear sense of openness, where visitors can enjoy the millet-rice and Kuni curry or the countryside pasta made with a generous amount of mountain herbs.
  • Lake Nozori Camp Site
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Iriyama National forest
    This campsite is located in the 2,000-meter-high mountains, at an altitude of 1,500 meters, on the lakeside of Lake Nozori, dam lake. There are 39 bungalows (4 people), each 5 tatami mats in size (of which 3 are pet friendly), 2 bungalows (8 people), each 11 tatami mats in size with a loft and deck, and also an open tent camping area for free. Day camping is also possible. A reservation is required for both day and night camping. In addition to 24-hour coin-operated showers and laundry, there is also rental of a gymnasium available, which is unusual for a campsite.

    見たことのない景色があると聞いて尋ねてみました 実際には着いた時は曇っていたので思ったほど綺麗でなかったのですが 晴れた瞬間、何とも言えない美しい湖が目の前に現れました 雲の流れ、空の流れ、すべて湖面に映り込む 綺麗な緑と相まってとても美しい景色です これを見るだけでこのキャンプ場に来てよかったと思えると感じます キャンプ場の過ごし方は大きく二つ 一つはメインとなるバンガロー、もう一つはフリー...

  • Gunma Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntakayamamura Nakayama 6860-86
    This prefectural astronomical observatory is located in Nakayama, Takayama Village, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Its construction was planned in commemoration of Chiaki Mukai, the first Japanese female astronaut going to space, and was opened in 1999. It is equipped with a 150-centimeter telescope and a 65-centimeter telescope. Events such as telescope lessons and star guidance qualification courses are regularly held here. There are also exhibition spaces for things such as viewing solar telescope images and observational data, in addition to a shop which sells space food and illustrated reference books.

    行楽途中に偶然訪れたぐんま天文台。コンクリート打ちっ放しの館内に飾られた天体写真の美しさに思わず魅入ってしまった。まさかインドで見たジャンタル・マンタルが再現されていたのにもビックリ。次回は是非、夜の天体観測に訪れたい

  • Agatsumakyo Onsen Tengu no Yu
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunhigashiagatsumamachi Mishima 6441
    This is a day hot spring facility at Agatsumakyo Roadside Station, about 20 minutes via National Route 145 to the west of Higashi-Agatsuma, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. The onsen is set in a natural environment and the hot spring water quality, warming bathers to the core, is delightful. The facility includes an indoor bath, outdoor bath, bath to lay in, and baths for private use. Towels are sold on site so anyone can easily enjoy a bath. Rooms for private use are also available so visitors can enjoy the Tengu-no-yu in privacy. The “Kantsu Seki” stone from Moshirou Tunnel, placed in the outdoor bath, is regarded as a guardian stone beneficial in helping to conquer difficulties, achieving academic success and easy delivery.

    吾妻峡温泉 天狗の湯へやって来た。草津温泉に向かう前最後の入浴へとやって来た。以前八ッ場三兄弟の湯と言われる湯があったが、その中の湯の源泉は、JR吾妻線のトンネル工事の際に湧出した湯であったが、この湯ももしかしたら・・・可能性ありだね。

  • Kazawa Snow Area
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Tashiro 1017
    This ski resort is located in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, approximately 25 minutes' drive from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station. It consists of two areas, the highland area and the Kaman slope, and offers a variety of courses for beginners and advanced skiers to enjoy. At the restaurant in the Center House, visitors can enjoy meals such as a pork curry, the taste of which has not changed in the forty years that the ski area has been open, or inaka udon. There are also counter where visitors can rent various kinds of equipment such as skis and snowboards and shop available in the House, as well as ski schools organized by the Snow Area.

    嬬恋にある小さなスキー場です。 ここはあまり雪が降らないのかスノーマシンで雪を作っています。そのため下地は硬く、ハードコンディションです。朝一にカービングで切っていくのがとても気持ち良いです。目の前に広いレストランがあり、そこのソフトクリームが美味しくておススメです。

  • Asama Plateau Rhododendron Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Kambara Gunma Saka 1053-1
    Located in Asama Plateau, Tsumagoi Village, Gunma Prefecture, this elevated flower garden stretches out across the slopes of Mitsuone mountain. From mid-May to early June, approximately 150,000 rhododendron flowers bloom here. There is a free shuttle bus from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station. In addition to several types of rhododendron, a variety of plateau flora cover the vast area, such as Japanese azalea—a flower native to Gunma Prefecture and Iogoke, a type of lichen also known as Monroe's Lip. In autumn, visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the larch forest shining in the sunlight, and in winter blanketed with beautiful pure white snow.

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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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