Natural treasures. Bountiful hot springs. Plentiful fresh fruits and many great places for sightseeing. Gunma offers all of this and more. And to help you explore these treasures of Gunma, we have created some sample itineraries for you. Check them out and see what Gunma has in store for you.
Yubatake, the famous "hot water field" of Kusatsu Hot Springs
On this itinerary, experience Kusatsu, one of the three great hot spring towns of Japan. Kusatsu is one of the premiere locations in Japan for hot springs, and given its proximity to Tokyo, is also a popular destination for sightseers. Kusatsu is located at an altitude of 1,200 meters, and the abundance and high quality of the hot spring water are points of pride. The area is home to a variety of lodging facilities and shops, all centered around the famous Yubatake, or "hot water field."
Lots of delicious fruit for the picking
On this itinerary, pick all the fruit you want, and then experience making traditional Japanese crafts. 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 variations in the daytime and at night, excellent for a wide variety of fruit.
The excitement of rafting
On this itinerary, experience a range of sports in Gunma's great outdoors. A great deal of nature remains in Gunma's Minakami area, providing lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. Rafting in the clear mountain valley rivers and waterfall sliding are the best sports for coming into contact with nature in Gunma.
The Tanigawadake Ropeway has fantastic panoramas.
With a ropeway and other facilities, this itinerary makes it easy to enjoy hiking on Mount Tanigawa. Mount Tanigawa is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains and has some of the most spectacular views in Gunma. Climb up to the observatory and see the wide panorama of Gunma and its natural beauty below you. And when the trees turn color in fall, the views are at their finest.
Mizusawa udon, one of the three great udons of Japan.
On this itinerary, enjoy Mizusawa udon, one of the three great udons of Japan, as well as a stroll on the popular stone stairway in the hot spring town of Ikaho. In Japan, the top three udon noodles are said to be: Inaniwa from Akita, Sanuki from Kagawa and Mizusawa from Gunma. Mizusawa udon has a history of some 1,300 years and is said to have originated as a food given to visitors at Mizusawa-dera Temple.
The Tomioka Silk Mill, symbol of modernization
On this itinerary, experience the history of Japan's Meiji Period. Located in the city of Tomioka in Gunma Prefecture, the Tomioka Silk Mill was established by the Meiji government as a government-run model silk reeling mill, the first in Japan, as a step toward modernizing the country. When the Edo period ended in 1868, Japan lagged in many areas and the government advanced industrial and cultural modernization so that Japan could stand on equal footing with foreign nations.