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  • 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.

  • Lake Okushima
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    Lake Okushima behind Shima Hot Springs was formed during the construction of a dam on the Shimakawa River. This man-made lake is four kilometers around in size and is also a popular spot for viewing the changing colors of the leaves in autumn. On the shore of the lake is a day bathing facility “Shima Koshiki no Yu” hot spring connected to the Shima Seseragi Archive Museum, and on the other side is Inatsutsumi Seseragi Park, where visitors can relax.
  • 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。

  • Tsumagoi Panorama Line
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    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
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    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.
  • NAKANOJO HILL TOP GARDEN
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    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.
  • 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

  • Cooperative Kusatsu Onsen Ryokan
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 39-5
    "This business cooperative association's office is located in Kusatsu Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Its objective is to stabilize the management of Kusatsu Onsen Ryokan, and as such, engages in activities such as funding operations and cooperative purchasing to reduce costs, and advertising initiatives to promote an increase in tourism. On the association's homepage, ""Yumomi Net"", detailed information can be found regarding over 100 Onsen Ryokan that are members of the association, in addition to checking access rankings, searching for accommodation plans and making reservations."
  • Osen Falls
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    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Kusatsu-cho
    This waterfall is about ten minutes by car from the Kusatsu hot spring town in Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture, and about a further 30 minutes on foot from the parking lot. The water falls 25 meters and the white water flowing over the red rocks is delicate and beautiful, just like the femininity the name implies. There are many shallow places in the river, and visitors can walk near to the basin of the falls to see it up close. Depending on your fitness level you can chose from two roads from the rest area—a steep bath or a bath with a gentle slope that takes some time to walk. Past the waterfall there is a large Katsura Caramel tree of over 300 years old, boasting a height of 35 meters, selected in the 100 Largest Trees in Japan. On the other side is a large Japanese Horse-Chestnut and there are many things to see here.
  • Aisai-no-Oka (Wife Lover’s Hill)
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Tashiro Within Oohira 2000
    This tourist spot to shout out is on the northern route of the Tsumagoi Panorama Line. It began with an event where husbands shouted out their love for their wives in the middle of a cabbage field, known as the “kyabechu” (the cabbage kiss), and the hill has made Tsumagoi Village famous as a sacred place for loving husbands. Before shouting out your love there is a bell to ring, as well as a shouting platform that has been reported on by international media, and a hugging platform. After shouting “I love you”, which husbands find difficult to say on a daily basis, couples time slip back to their newly-wed days, rekindling their love. The hill overlooking the magnificent Mt. Asama is a tourist spot for drives and closed during the winter season.
  • Gunma Prefecture Asama Dairy Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnaganoharamachi Kitakaruizawa 2032-23
    "This tourist farm is located in Naganohara Town, Agatsuma County, Gunma Prefecture. Located approximately 1,300 meters above sea level on Mt. Asama, it was established as a horse pasture, and after the war, became a ranch where dairy cows such as Holstein and Brown Switzerland are raised by the prefecture’s dairy farmers. In addition to the Showa period masterpiece inscription, ""Over the Hill"", and the fields of seasonal flowers that can be seen here, there is also a path that leads to each of the cattle barns and Shiraito Falls, and a new walking path which, with the presence of a certified guide, can be travelled to see the grazing pastures."
  • Tsumagoi Farm
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntsumagoimura Hoshimata
    This farm, in the sacred area of the Japanese Association of Devoted Husbands in Tsumagoi Village, is located at an elevation of 1,400 meters in the Joshin-etsu Kogen National Park. This spot overlooking the view of Mt. Asama, beautiful sunsets and the Tsumagoi plains, is used as a location for filming dramas and commercials. The “Bell of the Beloved Wife” was established in 2010 and is a great spot for couples to convey their love for each other. Freshly made Nihachi Soba and sweets can be enjoyed in the rest house, and in spring the “Maitake Tempura Soba”, made with mountain vegetable tempura, and the rich “Chichi Soft” soft serve ice cream are popular.

    ご当地メニューのハンバーガーを 注文しました。テイクアウトにしましたが チーズの行方が??入れ忘れたのかな! 写真のハンバーガーをそのまま想像していただけに残念なビジュアルだった。

  • Shiga Kusatsu Highland Route
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    Gunma Prefecture Agatsuma-gun Kusatsu-cho
    This is a one and a half hour driving course from Ikaho Interchange towards Kusatsu that goes through Kusatsu Onsen to Shiga kogen Highlands. The highest point of the popular course is 2,172 meters at Shibu Pass and in the autumn the changing colors of the leaves can be enjoyed while driving. Visitors can see the large panorama view of Mt. Shirane and Mt. Yokote as well as Kido-ike Pond surrounded by White birch forest up close. The road is closed from the middle of November to the end of April due to snow.
  • Roadside Station Agatsumakyo
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunhigashiagatsumamachi Mishima 6441
    This roadside station is located near the entrance of the Places of Scenic Beauty Agatsuma Gorge, approximately 20 minutes West of central Higashiagatsuma Town, which is approximately 50 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Shibukawa Ikaho Interchange, via National Route 145. There is a station’s Tengu takeout corner with dishes directly from the farm, and its soft served ice cream is very popular even in the winter. Visitors can also enjoy the local cuisine at the Agatsumatei restaurant with dishes such as the Ginger Roast made with a local specialty Yamato Pork. There is also Tengu no Yu, which is a day-trip hot spring, foot baths and various playground equipment and a dog park, so the families can enjoy themselves.

    群馬県吾妻郡東吾妻町にある道の駅。吾妻川沿いにあり、少し進むと吾妻渓谷があります。 周囲は山に囲まれ自然豊かな良い雰囲気です。ここは日帰り温泉施設「天狗の湯」がありました。営業時間 10:00-21:00で内風呂・露天風呂や個室付き貸切内風呂などあります。 無料の足湯(冬は足湯は閉鎖してるそうですが)や芝生の広場やドッグランなどもあり結構楽しめる道の駅です。

  • Shimagawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Shima
    This dam, located in Nakanojo Town, Agatsuma County, is a concrete dam constructed on the Shima River, part of the Tone River water system. It was designated as a dam open to the community by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The masonry style design similar to western-style castle walls is popular. Many tourists visit the parks and walking course created and maintained in the surrounding area. The passage where the amount of leakage from the dam can be inspected is maintained for visitors, and with reservations it is also possible to inspect the dam management offices.
  • Roadside Station Kusatsu Undo Jaya Park
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunkusatsumachi Kusatsu 2-1
    This roadside station is located near the entrance of Kusatsu Hot Spring, on National Route 292 (Japan Romantic Road), and was designed with the look of a German town in mind. Facilities inside the grounds include the Baelz Memorial Hall, which follows the life of Dr. Baelz, a German doctor who introduced Kusatsu Hot Spring to the world, and the Romantic Road Pavilion Museum, which has a collection of materials relating to roads in both Japan and Germany. The shop’s most popular product is the local specialty Kusatsu Roll Cake, which is made with scarlet runner beans and fresh cream. The shop’s Scarlet Runner Bean Milk Soft Cream is also recommended.

    This is just outside of the town of Kusatsu and is a convenient stop on your way into town, just 5 minutes away. It is easily recognizable with its unique architecture. There is a visitors...

  • Roadside Station Nakayama Bonchi
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    Gunma Pref. Agatsumaguntakayamamura Nakayama 2357-1
    This peaceful roadside station is located along the Shibukawa Shimoshinden Road and its magnificent views of the mountain range and fields, approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Tsukiyono Interchange. The restaurant has an unforgettable Valley Ramen dish which is recommended. The agricultural direct sales outlet sells fresh vegetables, specialty Konjac made from konjac yam roots and processed goods made by local mothers. There is also Fureai Plaza, a day-trip hot spring where visitors can enjoy the outdoor bath while looking at the star-filled sky. And there are also cottages available for a longer stay.
  • 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。

  • Roadside Station Reizan Takeyama
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Gotanda 222-1
    This roadside station is located on Prefectural Route 53, at the foot of Mt. Takeyama where there are 33 Kannon statues standing along the mountain path and people have come on pilgrimages to the holy mountain. The soba restaurant, Sobadokoro Keyaki’s Choei Soba, made from 100% buckwheat from the Farmhouse with the hip roof and thatched roof, which was moved and remodeled here, and named after the Dutch Scholar, Choei Takano associated with Nakanojo Town. There are also a wide range of facilities for families to enjoy, such as the Takeyama-kan, where visitors can experience making soba, Adventure Fort, with its athletic playground equipment and the Kodomo-kan, which is designed for small children. It is also well-known as a famous area for viewing Moss Phlox.
  • Roadside Station Kuni
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunnakanojoumachi Kosame Far north 22
    This roadside station is located along National Route 292, near the entrance of Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park. In addition to the hot spring foot bath, there is also a day-trip hot spring and accommodation facility here, so visitors can stay the night, instead of simply resting at the station. The crafts found in the Kuni Tourist Souvenir Center, such as the specialty canned scarlet runner beans, as well as the sedge wrapped in colorful cloth and knitted to make Konkonzouri. The Kuni no Go Shirasuna restaurant’s local specialty Maitake Mushroom Rice Bowl is especially popular. As is the unique soft cream, which is made with the specialty scarlet runner beans.

    四万温泉の帰りにわざわざ立ち寄ってみました。ここまで来るとほぼ草津ですね。六合と書いて「くに」と読むそうです。地場の野菜などが変えます。おみやげもここで買いました。タバコが吸えます。

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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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