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Day trip Tour BA journey with fruit picking and traditional craft making

Gunma Prefecture is one of the premiere locations in Japan for fruit production. From the mountains and plateaus to the plains, the landscape is filled with undulations, providing temperature differences in daytime and at night, excellent for a wide variety of fruit. This itinerary will take you on an all-you-can-pick trip to enjoy a wide variety of sweet fruit, as well as let you visit hands-on locations to experience such traditional Japanese crafts as washi papermaking and bamboo weaving.

Trip Details

 

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes on the Max Toki on the Joetsu Shinkansen

 

Jomo Kogen Station

Bus or Taxi

Local bus (approx. 12 minutes) or taxi

Taxis make sightseeing easy!

Ekikara Kantakun is a great taxi service from JR to help you enjoy sightseeing. The taxis leave from JR stations. A trip of two to three hours by taxi is a convenient way to enjoy the area. Ekikara Kantakun service is available for boarding between 9:00 and 15:00.

Prices start at 5,960 yen. See the station for further details. This is the cost for one to four people per vehicle. (The admission fee is separate and must be paid by the visitor.)

Stations with Ekikara Kantakun service

Stations with Ekikara Kantakun service
Takasaki, Maebashi, Shibukawa, Numata, Jomo Kogen Station
For further details, contact the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at your nearest station.

A taxi stand
A taxi stand

Get off the bus

 

Imajuku Station

On foot or Taxi

On foot
(approx. 15 minutes) or taxi

 

Dole Land Minakami

Fruit picking in the orchard, barbecuing and more

DiningNatureShopping

Lots of delicious fruits!

With 10 different types of fruit ripe in the orchard, you can pick all you want! And it always just tastes better when you pick it yourself. You can have a barbecue in the park with your freshly picked fruit to round out a delicious meal.
Total time: about 2 hours, 20 minutes including lunch

Hours of Operation

  • 9:00 to 17:00

Entrance Fees

  • Entrance fee: free
  • U-pick tour: adults – 600–1,700 yen, children – 400–1,400 yen (depending on the type of fruit)
  • Hands-on workshops: starting at 800 yen

Official Dole Land Minakami website (in Japanese only)

Freshly picked fruit!
Freshly picked fruit!

 

Dole Land Minakami

On foot or Taxi

On foot
(approx. 15 minutes) or taxi

 

Imajuku Station

Bus or Taxi

Local bus (approx. 10 minutes) or taxi

Get off the bus

 

Takumi-no-Sato

On foot

Experience handcrafts at Takumi-no-Sato

History&Traditions

Takumi-no-Sato – experience a variety of traditional crafts

In Takumi-no-Sato, an artisan village, there are some 24 artisan houses where you can experience such crafts as woodworking, bamboo weaving, washi papermaking and soba noodle rolling. Create a traditional craftwork in unique Japanese style. The artisan houses are surrounded by tranquil fields and rice paddies, excellent for a stroll between workshop lessons.
Total time: about 1 hour, 30 minutes

Hours of Operation

  • 9:00 to 17:00

Entrance Fees

  • Prices vary for each artisan house.

Official Takumi-no-Sato website

A woman tries her hand at weaving at Takumi-no-Sato.
A woman tries her hand at weaving at Takumi-no-Sato.

 

Takumi-no-Sato

Bus or Taxi

Local bus (approx. 10 minutes) or taxi

Get off the bus

 

Jomo Kogen Station

Shinkansen

approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes on the Max Tanigawa on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line

More tourism information on Gunma

Gunma Tourism International Association

 

Tokyo Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

Shinkansen

Shinkansen

On foot

On foot

Taxi

Taxi

Bus

Bus

Note:

  • Buses do not run often, so if you are planning to use them, take care not to miss the bus. Inquire at the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at your nearest station for detailed bus schedules.

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