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Gunma

Mountain adventures and hot springs escapes

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Minakami

Minakami

Minakami in Gunma Prefecture is known as the outdoor adventure capital of Japan. With every season offering challenging and rewarding thrills like skiing, rafting and paragliding, it's no wonder why this scenic area has claimed such a title.

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..

Where to eat

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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Chatsubomi-goke Moss Park

Chatsubomi-goke Moss Park

I visited Chatsubomi-goke Moss Park on a humid and rainy day. It was not ideal but it gave an interesting atmosphere to the place, making it seem very mysterious. The entrance fee is 500 yen, but children are free. You can park right next to the entr..

Mount Haruna

Mount Haruna

Situated 30 minutes by car from Shibukawa, Mount Haruna is one of the famous mountains in the Gunma prefecture. Mount Haruna is a place I like to go often. As I live not far away from there, I can definitely say that the best season to go is during t..

Getting Lost in the Countryside

Getting Lost in the Countryside

Getting lost is for me a big part of travelling. It is often how I discover great places to eat, an art gallery or just a nice neighborhood. Because I was not used to my Japanese GPS yet, I got lost one day on my way back home. I had absolutely no id..

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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.

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