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  • Tomioka Silk Mill
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Tomioka 1-1
    When Japan first began trading with countries around the world in the late Edo period, silk was its biggest export. The Tomioka Silk Mill was founded as a model mill in 1872 by the Meiji government with the aim of improving the quality and productivity of silk production. The first buildings were timber-frame and brick construction, a pattern which continues to be used almost unchanged today. The site is filled with ways to learn about its history, including guided tours and a smartphone guide. The group of buildings from the time when the mill was first opened is designated Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures and was also collectively registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014.
  • Gunma Safari Park
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    4.0
    152 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Okamoto 1
    This safari park is located in Okamoto, Tomioka City. There’s a bus that visitors can ride and feed lions and various herbivores, as well as a night safari, a bird show, and other activities for observing the animals. There are many other intriguing sights, including the “Wild Cat World” walking safari, which lets you observe tigers, lions, and other felines up close, and the “Wolf Forest/Wolf Repopulation Center” where endangered wolves are bred and available for viewing.

    I like animals, but dont like seeing animals locked up. While the animals are not in small cages they are still enclosed in areas that arent big enoug for them to run around in they also have roads...

  • Roadside Station Laran Fujioka
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    4.0
    139 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Naka 1131-8
    This roadside station is located just off the Joshin-etsu Expressway Fujioka Interchange and can be accessed from the Expressway or from the public road. In addition to the fresh specialty vegetables such as tomatoes and strawberries and processed foods sold by the agricultural direct sales outlet, visitors can also enjoy the soft cream which is made with free range Jersey milk from the Kozu Ranch, which is known as the oldest western-style ranch in Japan. There is also the Gourmet Plaza, where visitors can enjoy various dishes, and the Fairytale Plaza miniature amusement park with its Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round, illumination of which can be enjoyed every year from late October to late January.

    中庭のイルミネーションを、見ながら食事が出来るお店もありますので! 会話も弾み!楽しく美味しい夕食のひと時を過ごせると思います。

  • Roadside Station Tamamurajuku
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Sawaguntamamuramachi Kamishinden 604-1
    "This roadside station is located on National Route 354, next to the Kan’etsu Expressway Takasaki-Tamamura Smart Interchange. In addition to the fresh local vegetables and processed food sold at the direct sales outlet, this ""Meat Station"" also sells fried products such as croquettes and katsu, made with Joshu beef and Joshu Mugi pork. The restaurant’s soft cream, which is made with local Tamamura Tofu soy milk, is also very popular. There are also catering cars set up with a wide range of unique local gourmet menus. There is also a Baby Station, which is convenient for breastfeeding and changing diapers, so parents can relax when bringing their children with them. There is also an EV charging station available."

    車の充電に寄りました。 充電器から建物までが遠く離れていて残念です。 道の駅の中には群馬の特産品や飲食店が納品している感じのお弁当があり、色々あって面白いです。 フードコートも有りました。

  • Roadside Station Shimonita
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    3.5
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Mayama 3766-11
    "This roadside station is located at the east entrance of Myogi-Arafune-Saku Kogen Quasi-National Park, on National Route 254. The newly opened delicatessen shop, ""Marumoya"", which is famous for its Shimonita Croquettes and Pizza Messe bakery, underwent renewal and reopened in January 2018. The popular direct sales outlet, which sells the exceptionally popular Jersey milk soft cream Kozu Ranch Milk Bars, Shimonita specialty Konjac and Shimonita leeks also underwent renewal."

    新鮮な農産物があるのはもちろんのこと、おみやげとなる魅力的な食品類が沢山取り揃えてある道の駅でした。観光案内所も別棟にありました。

  • Myougi Jinja
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    4.5
    79 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Myougimachimyougi 6
    This shrine is located on Mt. Myogi’s eastern foothills in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture. It received considerable adoration from the Tokugawa shoguns, as it is located to the north-west of Edo, representing the calm Inui Tenmon gate. Built in 537, the exquisite black-lacquered main hall is a national Important Cultural Property. The area is famous for weeping cherry trees in spring and fall leaves in autumn.

    Its not easy to get there, its a long drive, but once you are there you are rewarded with splendid views. If you come in the spring, the cherry blossoms are amazing. In winter its bitterly cold...

  • Usuitouge Tetsudo Bunka Mura
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    4.0
    131 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachiyokokawa 407-16
    This is a railroad theme park located in Annaka City’s Matsuida Town established on the site of the former JR Yokokawa Locomotive Depot rail yard. The main attraction is the locomotive engineer experience in which visitors can drive a real 108-ton electric locomotive (reservation required). Inside the park is a Railway Museum where visitors can learn about the history of the now-abandoned Usui Line and the Railway Display Hall which houses more than 30 valuable train cars. Visitors can ride a steam locomotive that goes around the park, a miniature steam locomotive and a trolley train, making this park popular among both children and railroad fans alike.

    My wife and I are visiting from Canada and decided to stop in here, and wow this would be such a great place to bring children. A number of rides are available for children plus a small train that...

  • Akima Plum Forest
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Nishikamiakima
    In this plum grove in Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture, about 35,000 plum trees are planted over 50 hectares in the hills of the Akima River’s upper reaches. It is one of the best plum blossom viewing spots of the Kanto area and is one of the three largest plum groves in Gunma Prefecture. The Akima Plum Festival takes place during peak flowering season, with various events like a mochi rice cake pounding contest and flea market.

    2019/3/20に行きました。 一応ネットで開花状況を調べて行ったのですが、花はほとんど終わっていました。 木の本数も多く、斜面になっているので満開だととても綺麗だと思います。 道路も一方通行にしてあるので、周りやすいと思います。 少しだけ残っている花を見て帰りました。

  • Usui Third Bridge (Meganebashi)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto In the ground
    This railway bridge in Matsuida Town, Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture is commonly known as “Spectacles Bridge.” Completed in 1892, this four-arch bridge is 91 meters across and 31 meters tall, and upheld the Abt-system railway until the line closed in 1963. It is now a national Important Cultural Property, and you can enjoy walking along the “Abt-no-michi” —a road that follows the old rail line.
  • Usui Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto
    The Usui Pass, on the border of Gunma and Nagano prefectures, at elevation 960 meters, was considered an essential pass connecting Kanto area with the Shinano and Hokuriku areas. At its peak, on the border, are located the Kumanokoutai-jinja Shrine and Miharashidai lookout known as an excellent Sunset Point. In recent years, it has become popular as a tourist area with the Usui Pass Railway Culture Park, the Abt Walking Path, the Lake Usui, and the Megane Bridge across the Usui River, all nearby.
  • Mt. Myogi
    Travel / Tourism
    Gumma prefecture Tomioka city, Annaka city, Rakuraku-gun Shimonita cho
    Consider to be one of Japan’s Top 3 Strange Views, this 1,100-meter-elevation mountain spans Tomioka City, Annaka City, and Shimonita Town in Gunma Prefecture. The views over the Kanto Plain—packed with wild and bizarre rocks—is wonderful. The best views come in early summer with the fresh green leaves, in autumn with fall leaves, and in spring with the “sakura-no-sato” and its 5,000 blooming cherry trees in 45 varieties.
  • Konnyaku Park
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunkanramachi Obata 204-1
    This konjac-themed interactive facility is located in Obata, Kanra Town, Kanra County. Visitors can tour a factory and learn about the konjac production process, experience making konjac jelly and handmade konjac (reservations required by the day before), and other activities to deepen their knowledge about konjac. There’s also an all-you-can-take-home course and a free konjac buffet that lets visitors have their fill of konjac.

    団体旅行で行ったので、並ばなくても入れました。こんにゃく料理が何種類も食べられて参考になりました。デザートもあり想像以上に良かったと思います。平日に行きましたがかなり混んでいたので、休日に個人で行ったらは入れないかもしれません。

  • Aputo-no-michi Walking Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto
    This walkway starting near the Yokokawa Station in Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture, was once the track used by the Abt-type train as part of the former Shin-Etsu line. Visitors can enjoy hiking along the ruins of the railway that travelled along the Usui Pass, a difficult area for railroad transportation. The old brick construction en route is the Maruyama substation, registered as a National Important Cultural Asset. The path passes through five tunnels including Usui Toge no Mori Park Exchange Building, Toge no Yu, Usui First Tunnel, and then onto a grand bridge with four arches. While enjoying the view of Lake Usui seen from the Abt railroad, visitors can get a sense for the railway scene of the Meiji and Showa periods.
  • Oginoya (Yokokawa Store)
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    4.0
    90 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachiyokokawa 297-1
    This drive-in is located along National Route 18, near the JR Shin'etsu Main Line's Yokokawa Station, approximately five minutes by car from the Joshin'etsu Expressway Matsuida-Myogi Interchange. It is managed by Oginoya, a company founded in 1958 that has been providing Yokokawa Station's lunchbox meals since its founding and is loved across the nation as the maker of Toge Kamameshi. The premises include not only Kamameshi shops, but also coffee shops and sweets corners, restaurants and convenience stores. It is the ideal place to recover from the exhaustion of traveling.

    峠のの釜飯で有名なおぎのやへ。 団体利用でしたが、席は広い割には窮々な配置。仕方ないの...と思いつつ、食事を。 釜は栃木益子産のはず。 お持ち帰ることもできます。

  • Gateau Festa Harada (Laran Fujioka Store)
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Shopping
    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Naka 1131-8 Joshinetsu Expressway Fujioka Highway Oasis Road Station Laran Fujioka
    This confectionary store is located inside Fujioka City's Roadside Station, Laran Fujioka. The store’s flagship product, Gouter de Roi is a gem that is made with the most suitable flour for Gateau Rusk and the very best carefully selected butter. The store also sells Gouter de Roi Sommelier Italien, which uses Italian basil and Parmigiano, and Gouter de Reine, a cross between Gouter de Rusk and a raisin sandwich, available only in the Gunma Prefecture, and which is a snack fit for a queen. Also at the store, customers can enjoy the café menu and its most popular product, Soft Cream de Roi, which comes complete with a slice of rusk.

    レジはとっても並んでいるのですが、比較的列の進みが早いです 冬季限定のホワイトチョコのラスクが美味しいです 見た目よりもお安くてお土産にもちょうど良いと思います 高速からパーキングエリアと道の駅に繋がっていて高速からも一般道からも直接入れます 便利ですね

  • Kanra Folk Museum Kanra Furusatokan
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunkanramachi Obata 2014-1
    This tourist experience accommodation facility located in Kanra Town, Kanra County, Gunma Prefecture, has skylights and tiled roofing, with sericulture farming as its motif. Visitors can experience various things surrounded by nature depending on the season, such as barbequing Joshu beef and hand catching trout, making Konjac and apple picking. There are training rooms, tennis courts and athletic facilities, and dinner courses are also available, making it perfect for both training camps and class reunions. It is also used as a recreational facility by Kita Ward, Tokyo.

    仕事で行きましたが、プライベートで行っても面白そうだと思いました。バーベキューや24時間大浴場など楽しむ要素盛り沢山です。 部屋も大きく満足です

  • Nakanotake-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Kamiosaka 1248
    This shrine is located 15 minutes from the Joshin-etsu Expressway Matsuida-Myogi Interchange, and the Todoroki Iwa of Mt. Myogi is enshrined here. It consists of the Nakanotake-jinja Shrine where Yamato Takeru no Mikoto is enshrined and Nakanotake-daikoku Shrine where Okuninushi no Mikoto and Daikoku are enshrined. There is a 20-meter-tall Daikoku statue within the grounds. Its appearance holding a sword is unusual and is said to dispel disease, misfortune and evil spirits as well as bring good fortune. On Kinoene, there is a temple festival, the god of which is well-known for watching over young baseball players who are aiming for the Koshien tournament, and the baseball charms and votive pictures are very popular.

    Parked my car just the other side of the mountain road. A minute of walk to the gate. Steep steps to worship. Thank you very much for the special red signature. I like it. BTW, if you can climb up...

  • Yoshida Shichimi Spice Store
    Shopping
    Gunma Pref. Tomiokashi Tomioka 1071-5
    This is a specialty spice store, founded in 1896, creating an original blend of seven kinds of spice using red pepper, sesame, hemp seed, Sancho Japanese pepper, dried citrus peel (mandarin peel) perilla, and aonori (green laver) using traditional recipes. In addition to standard cans, the shop also sells cute peanut-shaped bottles with red, yellow and green caps. The spice flavor is usually medium or spicy, but even spicier flavors are available on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tamaya Drive-In
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Transportation
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto 1011-1
    This drive-in is located on Usui Pass (Entrance C4), the old National Route 18, which connects Gunma Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture. Its specialty confectionary, Sadamitsu no Chikara Mochi was the reward for young samurai when they ran the Ansei Toashi, which is said to be Japan's oldest marathon. Even now, it is handmade with the same recipe used 1,200 years ago. In addition to Koshi An which can be bought to take away, customers can also eat Karami Mochi, Goma Mochi and Kinako Mochi in the shop here. There are also magazines, photographs and videos etc. of the Abt system railroad for customers to view.

    力餅というあんころ餅が名物ですが、「からみ餅」の方をいただきました。大根おろしをかけたお餅。手でちぎった程よい大きさのお餅なんですが、量はちょっと少ないかなあ。まあ、元気はもらいました。

  • Kouzu Dairy Farm
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Kanragunshimonitamachi Minaminomaki 250
    This dairy farm is located in Kozuarafune Kogen, Kanra County, Gunma Prefecture. It was established in 1887 and is the oldest western style dairy farm in Japan. Visitors can experience ecotourism in the midst of nature, night tours, staying in lodges or camping, and the Goemon bath. You can also enjoy meals in the Teppanyaki corner or Jersey beef, milk and ice cream in the cafeteria. The shop sells rich Jersey milk and ice cream, Rindswurst sausages and retort pouch curry.

    日本最古の洋式牧場で、単なる観光牧場ではなく、観光はあくまでもおまけ、放牧によるジャージー牛の飼育を主に行っているところです。 なので、併設の売店および食事処を除いて商売っ気は殆どありません。 (餌やり、乳絞り、ポニー乗馬やヤギの散歩など、有償コンテンツはありますが、お金を使わなくても十分楽しめます) そして、その食事も、牧場のジャージー牛を使ったソフトクリームに鉄板焼き、カレーや肉うどん、チー...

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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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