GUNMA Tourist Guide of Gunma Prefecture

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Autumnal Foliage

  • Mt. Kusatsu-Shiranesan

    The season of autumnal leaves around Kusatsu Onsen starts from mid-September at the top of Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane with over 2,000 meters above sea level, Yumiike Pond, and around Yoshigadaira. Then it gradually shifts down to Onsen town of Kusatsu. It allows visitors to enjoy autumnal leaves in Kusatsu Onsen Area for a long period. Viewing beautiful scenery decorated with autumnal leaves from Shirane-kazan Ropeway is also recommended.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Late September - Early October
    Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
    Take the JR Bus, Seibu Kanko Bus or Kusakaru Kotsu headed for Sessho-gawara from Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal Platform 6 for about 15 minutes and get off at Sessho-gawara.
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  • Oze

    Oze, one of the largest highland marsh in Japan, holds the beautiful scenery of alpine plants changing its color in autumn. Once grasses in Ozegahara change its color into yellow, visitors can enjoy yellowish autumnal leaves of beeches, Betula ermani and so on during the season.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Late September - Mid-October
    Tokura, Katashina-mura, Tone-gun, Gunma
    About 1 hour 40 minutes by bus from Numata Station on JR Joetsu Line + About 25 minutes by bus from Tokura to Hatomachi Touge and about 1 hour 30 minutes on foot from Hatomachi Touge to Ozegahara (varies by person)
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  • Mt. Tanigawadake

    Autumnal leaves around Mt. Tanigawadake starts from early October at the top of the mountain and gradually shifts to Tenjindaira and ropeway. The scenery of precipitous cliff with red and yellow leaves around is a must-see.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Early October - Mid-November
    Yubiso, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma
    About 25 minutes by bus from Minakami Station on JR Joetsu Line + About 10 minutes by ropeway from Doaiguchi Station to Tenjindaira
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  • Mt. Akagi-yama

    The best time for the autumnal foliage at Onuma and Kakumanbuchi, located at the foot of the mountain, is around mid-October. The color of autumnal leaves around Onuma, Konuma and Kakumanbuchi is bright as the temperature difference in the area is extreme.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Early - Late October
    Fujimi-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma
    About 60 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line
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  • Lake Okushimako

    Lake Okushima which is located in the deepest area of Shima Onsen is the reservoir of Shimagawa Dam. The highlight of this spot is a wonderful contrast of cobalt-blue-colored lake water and autumnal foliage around the dam.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Mid - Late October
    Shima, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
    About 40 minutes on foot from Shima Onsen
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  • Fukiware-no-taki Falls

    From late October through early November, beautiful autumnl leaves can be enjoyed around the waterfalls. The scenery of magnificent waterfalls and autumn leaves in vivid color decorating around the falls is a must see.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Late October - Early November
    Okkai, Tone-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma
    About 40 minutes by bus from Numata Station on JR Joetsu Line
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  • Kajika Bridge Red Leaves Illumination

    Kajika Bridge is build over the river near the source of Ikaho Onsen and also well-known for the spot of autumnal foliage. Druing the season the foliage are lit up and fantastic autumnal foliage of the night can be enjoyed.

    Tuesday, October 24 through Sunday, November 19, 2017
    4:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma
    About 25 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Agatsuma Gorge

    This gorge located on Agatsuma River holds wonderful scenery which is created by strangely shaped rocks and autumnal foliage of trees on both banks.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Late October - Early November
    Higashiagatsuma-machi and Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
    About 15 minutes on foot from Kawarayu Onsen Station On JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Mt. Myogisan

    Mt. Myogisan is one of Japan's three scenic spots. Red and yellow color of foliage glow on strangely shaped rocks.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Early - Mid-November
    Tomioka-shi, Annaka-shi and Shimonita-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma
    About 5 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    About 10 minutes by car from Matsuida Station on JR Shin-etsu Line
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  • Takatsudokyo Gorge

    This is the gorge spreading at the middle reaches of Watarase River and beautiful autumnal foliage can be enjoyed from close up.

    Best Time to See the Autumnal Foliage: Early - Late November
    Omama, Omama-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma
    About 10 minutes on foot from Omama Station on Watarase Keikoku Railway
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Flowers

  • Sunflower Garden Festival

    The Fukiage area in Kasakake-cho of Midori City will see around 120,000 sunflowers bloom from late September through mid-October. Local residents will hold the Sunflower Garden Festival while the flowers are in bloom. Expect to find a farmers' market with fresh vegetables, as well as a variety of other attractions.

    Friday through Monday and a holiday, October 6 to 9, 2017
    Flowering Time: Late September through mid-October
    Fukiage area, Kasakake-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma
    About 25 minutes on foot from Iwajuku Station on JR Ryomo Line
    About 15 minutes by car from the Kita-Kanto Expressway Ota-Yabuzuka IC
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  • Hanadaka Flower-Viewing Hill: Cosmos Festival

    The Hanadaka Flower-Viewing Hill is located in the western area of downtown Takasaki, where visitors can get a view overlooking the entire city. Not only does it provide an amazing view of the three major mountains of Jomo, but also offers an array of colorful flowers throughout the year. In autumn, 400,000 cosmos flowers in four varieties will see peak blossoms.

    Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, October 15, 2017
    Hanadaka Flower-Viewing Hill (Near 1400 Hanadaka-machi, Takasaki-shi)
    About 30 minutes by car from the Kan-Etsu Expressway Takasaki IC
    Take the Gururin Shorinzan Line Notsuke Sakimawari from the JR Takasaki Station west entrance Platform 4 for about 20 minutes. Get off at Hanadaka-tenbou-hananooka.
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  • Autumn Rose Garden Festival

    During the flowering time of about 7,000 roses in the park, sale of rose grown in the city and other various kinds of events are organized.

    Saturday, October 21 through Sunday, November 5, 2017 (Scheduled)
    Rose Garden in Shikishima Park (262 Shikishima-cho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)
    About 20 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 15 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Koizumi Cosmos Fields

    Near the Otorii gate at Koizumi Inari Shrine, cosmos fields spread out over about 11 hectares of land with nearly twelve million flowers blooming and bringing large crowds of visitors.

    Early and mid-October
    Near the Otorii gate at Koizumi Inari Shrine (Koizumi-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)
    About 15 minutes by taxi from Isesaki station on the JR Ryomo and Tobu-Isesaki lines
    About 10 minutes by car from the Kita-Kanto Expressway Isesaki IC
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  • Annual Kanto Chrysanthemum Display

    About 1,300 pots of chrysanthemum in various ways of display including "Bonyo-giku", "Bonsai-giku", "Kengai-giku" and "Ozukuri-giku" are set to be displayed at the venue. Especially, chrysanthemum doll which has different theme in every year is a sight to see.

    Saturday, October 24 through Thursday and a holiday, November 23, 2017
    Nagame Park (1635 Omama, Omama-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma)
    About 20 minutes by car from Ota-Yabuzuka IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Sakurayama Park Illumination

    About 7,000 winter cherry trees decorate the park in autumn and are also lit up in nighttime. They are rare variety that flower buds which didn't bloom in autumn will bloom in spring after passing the winter and are designated as National Scenic Spot and also National Natural Treasure.

    Sunday, October 30 through Sunday,November27, 2016
    4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Sakurayama Park (2166-1 Sanbagawa, Fujioka-shi, Gunma)
    About 30 minutes by bus from the Gumma-Fujioka Station on the JR Hachiko Line, get off at the Onishi Yubinkyoku (鬼石郵便局) bus stop and take the taxi for 15 minutes
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Other Events

  • Nakanojo Biennale

    This is an art event which make the whole town of Nakanojo into the art museum held biannually. Modern artworks are displayed across the town.

    Saturday, September 9 through Monday, October 9, 2017
    51 spots in 6 areas of Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
    About 10 minutes on foot from Nakanojo Statio on JR Agatsuma Line or about 40 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Ikaho Festival

    This festival includes the parade of traditional "Taru Mikoshi (portable shrine made out of barrel)" and usual portable shrines going up and down Stone Steps, which can be seen only at this traditional onsen resort. Also other events, such as the parade of drawing onsen water, distribution ceremony of onsen water and Taru Mikoshi carried by children, are held.

    Tuesday through Thursday, September 18 through 20, 2017
    Stone Steps and other places in Ikaho Onsen (Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)
    About 20 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Isesaki Fireworks

    Gorgeous fireworks with mainly starmine fireworks and fireworks with fireworks balls of 120 cm across at most are launched.

    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Viewing Place: Western Park, Sports Park and around (Tsunatori-machi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)
    About 15 minutes on foot from Isesaki Station on JR Ryomo Line or Tobu Railway Isesaki Line or about 10 minutes by car from Komagata IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Minowa no Sato no Kitsune no Yomeiri

    This is the "Fox's Wedding" held in the castle town of Minowa. The wedding ceremony passed down the generations in the Takasaki City Misato area is portrayed in a fox's wedding and people made up to look like foxes march along in a parade.

    Sunday, October 1, 2017
    11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Around Misato Branch Office of Takasaki City
    About 30 minutes by car from Takasaki IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Gunma Flower Park Illumination: Fairies' Paradise

    Over 1,000,000 lights of illumination decorates the park fantastically.

    Saturday, November 1, 2016 through Monday and a holiday, January 8, 2018
    Sunset to 9:00 PM
    Gunma Flower Park (2471-7 Kashiwagura-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)
    About 30 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    http://www.flower-park.jp/illumination
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