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Gunma

Mountain adventures and hot springs escapes

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

By far the best time to really enjoy bathing in hot springs is during the winter, and so, desperate to check out why Japan is so famous for its onsens, I headed to Kusatsu in Gunma prefecture. Kusatsu Onsen is considered one of Japan’s top three hot springs, along with Gero Onsen in Gifu, and..

Dining

Dining at Minakami Kogen Hotel 200

Dining at Minakami Kogen Hotel 200

With a variety of options, dining at the Minakami Kogen Hotel 200 is a real pleasure. In the first floor restaurant, Shirakaba, there is an impressive Japanese/International buffet for breakfast, lunch (weekends only), and dinner. Food item..

Souan Cafe, Kusatsu

Souan Cafe, Kusatsu

Looking for lunch one day while I was visiting Kusatsu, I checked out the various options around Yubatake, "Hot water field", the focus of the town. I found a promising-looking menu on a chalkboard, and followed a little passage to Souan Ca..

Tsukinoi

Tsukinoi

The central focus of Kusatsu is Yubatake, 'Hot water field', an open space where volcanic water gushes out of the ground, steaming generously and reeking of sulphur. It's encircled by souvenir shops and restaurants, and one that I went to..

Places to stay

Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki

Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki

If you are planning to spend a relaxing weekend away from the routine of the metropolis and away from the big cities then Takasaki, in Gunma prefecture about 100 km northeast of Tokyo, is certainly a leading option. The Hotel Metropolitan Takasaki is..

Tips for Staying in Minakami Kogen

Tips for Staying in Minakami Kogen

The Minakami Kogen Hotel 200 is a wonderful get-away only two hours from central Tokyo. With the Minakami Kogen Ski Resort on-site, and many other activities year-round, it is a perfect choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. If you decide to sta..

Minakami Kogen Hotel 200

Minakami Kogen Hotel 200

Minakami has become one of Japan's top resort areas for people with an active lifestyle. Located only two hours from central Tokyo, the Minakami Kogen Hotel 200 offers a impressive variety of activities in every season and is the perfect place to..

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Lake Onuma and Akagi Shrine

Lake Onuma and Akagi Shrine

Akagi Shrine stands on a small peninsula in Lake Onuma in Guma. The intensely red paint of the shrine and the long narrow bridge between the peninsula and the main shore creates a striking contrast to the lake and surrounding mountains. If you visit ..

Summer Road Trip in Gunma

Summer Road Trip in Gunma

After visiting Nikkō National Park, we did a two day summer road trip through Gunma Prefecture, visiting Lake Onuma and Akagi Shrine, beautiful Kakumanbuchi, Fudō Falls and Fukiware Falls, Mizusawa Kannon-ji Temple, Haruna Shrine and Mount Haruna. We..

Haruna Shrine's Fabulous Dragons

Haruna Shrine's Fabulous Dragons

I liked Haruna Shrine in Takasaki, Gunma better than Tōshō-gu. One reason is the fabulous decorative wood carving on the buildings. Dragons cavort among flowers and other beasts under the eaves, crawl up the pillars, and curl around the wooden piling..

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About gunma

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalMaebashi
Population2,008,068
Area6,362.28 sq. km

Not too far from Tokyo in the northern Kanto area, Gunma can be described as an adventure playground of sorts – skiing, snowboarding, hiking and canyoning (in the Minakami area) provides adrenaline seekers things to do year-round.

Its mountains, ski slopes in the winter, become excellent hiking trails in the summer. Gunma is also the site of some of the nation’s best hot springs, the most notable being Kusatsu Onsen; its Yubatake (hot water field) is a must-see. The Old Tomioka Silk Mill was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 2014.

Gunma is also famous for its daruma dolls, the traditional Japanese good luck charm.

Things to Do in Gunma
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