SEASONAL EVENTS

Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

Ume (Japanese Apricot) Flower

  • Akima Ume Grove Festival

    About 35,000 trees of Ume (Japanese plum) with red and white colors bloom spreading over the large hilly area of about 50 ha. During the festival, various events including photo shoots of models, Japanese drum performance, pounding mochi (rice cake) and so on will be organized.

  • Haruna Ume Blossom Festival

    Enjoyable events such as blowing the seed of ume, free distribution of ume dishes, bingo game, stage performances and so on are held at Ecole. Also, beautiful flowers of ume of about 70,000 trees are in full bloom during March.

  • Misato Ume Blossom Festival

    About 100,000 ume trees are planted on the hill where has a panoramic view of Kanto Plain. When they are in bloom, the entire area is covered with pure white flower and flagrance of ume as you can enjoy a special moment there.

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Hina Festival

  • Maya Hime Festival

    Shima Onsen has a legend of “Maya Hime” and the god of matchmaking Maya Fudo. The Maya Hime Festival allows visitors to enjoy handmade hanging hina and hina dolls at old-style Japanese ryokan and stores.

    • Saturday, February 15 through Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • Ryokans and stores in Shima Onsen
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    • About 40 minutes by bus from Nakanojo Station on JR Agatsuma Line
    • http://shimaonsen.com/mayahime
  • Oigami Onsen Surprising Hina Doll Display

    This event will feature over 6,000 hina dolls on display, including an 18-meter wide, 3.8-meter tall special hina stand.

    • Saturday, February 22 through Monday, March 23, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Numata City Tone Tourist Hall, participating inns at Oigami Onsen, Nango Magariya and other locations (607-1 Oigami, Tone-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 25 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.city.numata.gunma.jp/event/tone/1006452.html
  • Stone Steps Hina Festival

    This festival is annually held to celebrate the Doll’s Festival at Ikaho Onsen. Pre-school children with beautiful Hina costumes and light make-up line on the special tiered doll stand which utilized the stone steps covered with scarlet felt mat.

  • Takumi no Sato Hanging Hina Dolls Tour

    This year marks the 10th holding of these customary events at Takumi no Sato. Each house will display elaborately designed hanging hina dolls.

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Adonis, Dogtooth Violet, Mizubasho

  • Abuda Fukujusou no Sato

    At a mountain village, adonis and about 1,000 ume trees with years of utmost care by local people bloom beautifully.

    • Friday, February 15 through Sunday, March 22, 2020 Flowering Time: - Adonis: Mid-February – Mid-March - Ume: Early – Late March
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 2950 Nakaosaka, Shimonita-machi, Gunma
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    • About 20 minutes by car from Shimonita IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    • https://www.town.shimonita.lg.jp/geopark/m03/m01/m01/21.html
    • Fee
      Adult: 300 yen, Elementary age: 100 yen, Younger than elementary age: free
  • Dogtooth Violet and Cherry Blossom Festival

    “Iwajuku no Sato” is known for Iwajuku ruins and also for dogtooth violet growing in colonies which is one of the famous area in Kanto Region. Purple flowers bloom on the hilly area of Mt. Inari. Also, cherry blossoms at the bank of a marsh nearby can be enjoyed from early April, right after the flowering time of dogtooth violet and are lit up in nighttime.

    • Saturday, March 28 through Sunday, April 5, 2020
    • Iwajuku no Sato (Iwajuku, Azami, Kasakake-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 15 minutes on foot from Iwajuku Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 15 minutes by car from Ota-Yabuzuka IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
    • https://www.city.midori.gunma.jp/www/contents/1000000001010/index.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020 although Cherry blossoms will be lit up during blooming.
  • Mizubasho Forest

    About 15,000 mizubasho, or Asian skunk-cabbage, bloom from mid-April to early May.

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Cherry Blossom

  • Tatebayashi Cherry Blossom Festival

    About 650 cherry trees in total of 4 places in Tatebayashi City are in bloom. Combination of cherry blossoms with carp streamers which are raised during the same period in daytime and fantastic scenery of flower which are lit up by paper lanterns in nighttime can be enjoyed.

    • Wednesday, March 25 through Thursday, April 9, 2020
    • Banks of Tsuruuda River and other places (Hanayama-cho and other, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 10 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway
    • http://www.utyututuji.jp/world/en.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Fujioka Cherry Blossom Festival

    Known for its wisteria blossoms, Fuji no Saku Oka sees beautiful cherry blossoms bloom from late March to early April. A festival with a variety of events is held while the flowers are in bloom. Visitors can also enjoy the blossoms lit with special lighting after sundown.

  • Kezoji Park Flower Festival

    1,000 Yoshino cherry trees will be in bloom during late March to early April and about 5,000 azaleas with 30 varieties including Kirishima azalea will be in bloom during mid-April to mid-May.

  • Yase River

    Every year in early April, visitors can admire beautiful cherry blossoms along the Yase River Sakura-dori that runs through the center of Ota. The image of blossoms in full bloom on both sides of the river reflected in the water is a must-see.

  • Byakue Dai-Kannon

    3,000 cherry trees are in full bloom surrounding Byakue Dai-Kannon, the symbol of Takasaki City. Cherry blossoms which are lit up in nighttime is also a sight to see.

  • Tomioka Silk Mill Cherry Blossom Illumination

    Over 50-year-old cherry trees at Tomioka Silk Mill blooms beautifully in spring. Light-up is also organized during the blooming season.

    • Scheduled on Friday, March 27 through Sunday, April 5, 2020 Illumination schedule: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Last entrance at 7:45 PM)
    • Tomioka Silk Mill (1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka-Shi, Gunma)
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    • About 15 minutes on foot from Joshu-Tomioka Station on Joshin Dentetsu
    • http://www.tomioka-silk.jp/tomioka-silk-mill/news/detail/id=3481
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Castle Town Obata Cherry Blossom Festival with Warrior Procession

    It is a festival with the heroic parade of citizens with costume of samurai warrior in the Warring States Period amid cherry blossoms in full bloom.

    • Sunday, April 4, 2020
    • Beginning from 10:00 AM
    • Obata, Kanra-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma
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    • About 10 minutes by car from Tomioka IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.town.kanra.gunma.jp/
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Shikishima Park

    From early April cherry blossoms including Yoshino and weeping cherry bloom and you can enjoy its contrast with pine grove within the park. The park also holds ponds for boat riding and fishing where you can admire cherry blossoms reflecting on the surface. Weeping cherries are lit up when they are in bloom.

    • Early – Mid-April
    • 66 Shikishima-cho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma
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    • About 20 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 15 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line
    • https://www.maebashi-cvb.com/spot/1006
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this illumination has been canceled for 2020.
  • Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura Festival

    Enjoy this magnificent, 1.3-km stretch of cherry trees that is part of the 100 famous places for cherry blossoms in Japan. Its contrast with the yellow rape blossoms that bloom in the adjoining area is beautiful. The cherry blossoms will also be lit up at night.

    • Saturday, April 4 through Sunday, April 19, 2020 * Dates may change due to the condition of the flowers.
    • Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura (Naegashima-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 30 minutes by car from Isesaki IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway About 50 minutes by bus from the Maebashi Station on the JR Ryomo Line
    • https://www.maebashi-cvb.com/event/2003
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020. Along with this, Hanameguri-Go bus operation has also been canceled.
  • Shibukawa City Comprehensive Park Cherry Blossom Illumination

    For the park is located higher than the city town, cherry blossom can be enjoyed in slightly later season. The park boasts 3,000 cherry trees including 1,500 Yoshino cherry trees. They will be lit up in nighttime.

    • Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 17, 2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Shibukawa City Comprehensive Park (4230 Shibukawa, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 20 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.city.shibukawa.lg.jp/kankou/shizen/flowers/p000117.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Numata Park Cherry Blossom Festival

    1,500 paper lanterns are lighted at Numata park where boasts about 210 cherry trees. Bell tower and “Goten-zakura” which age is said to be over 400 years are beautifully lit up toward evening.

    • Friday, April 3 through Thursday, April 23, 2020 Flowering Time: Late March through late April
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Illumination schedule: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Numata Park (594 Nishikurauchi-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 20 minutes on foot from Numata Station on JR Joetsu Line or about 10 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.city.numata.gunma.jp/kanko/sakura/index.html
  • Sakura no Sato

    It is a spot for cherry blossom viewing utilizing the hilly area at the foot of Mt. Myogisan. It boasts over 5,000 cherry trees with about 45 varieties including Yoshino and double cherry blossom. You can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms for about a month since each variety has slightly different flowering time.

    • Flowering Time: Mid-April – Early May Date of the Event: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 1258 Kamiosaka, Shimonita-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma
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    • About 20 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    • https://www.town.shimonita.lg.jp/geopark/m03/m02/m01/03.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the event scheduled on Sunday, April 26 has been canceled for 2020.
  • Shiroijuku Double Cherry Blossom Festival

    At the festival, various events can be enjoyed: the warrior procession by citizen with the costume of samurai in the Warring States Period, “Rokusai-ichi”, the market selling local agricultural products and “Haiku Gathering of Yayoi” and so on.

    • Sunday, April 19, 2020 Flowering Time: Late April – Early May
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Around Shiroijuku in Shibukawa City (Shiroi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 15 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.city.shibukawa.lg.jp/kankou/matsuri/matsuri/p000188.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event scheduled has been canceled for 2020.
  • Mihara cherry tree row

    Around 260 cherry trees bloom along the Agatsuma River in front of Manza-Kazawaguchi Station from mid to late April. There is also special lighting at night while the blossoms are in bloom.

  • Tenno-zakura

    Tenno-zakura, 300-year-old wild cherry tree, measures over 5 meters in girth and still holds beautiful blossoms every year. It is lit up during the blooming season and visitors can enjoy a fantactic scenery.

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Daffodil

  • Daffodil Festival

    Higashiagatsuma Town is one of Japan’s leading producing area of daffodil. From Late March to Mid-April, you can see yellow color of daffodil across the town. At "Daffodhil Festival" held at Iwai Shinsui Park along Agatsuma River, Yellow flowers of Daffodhil, with pink blossoms of cherry trees along the river create the picturesque scenery.

    • Sunday, April 5, 2020 Daffodil flowering Time: Late March – Mid-April
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Iwai Shinsui Park (Iwai, Higashiagatsuma-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)
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    • About 5 minutes by bus from Gunma-Haramachi Station on JR Agatsuma Line and about 15 minutes on foot from the bus stop
    • http://www.tohgoku.or.jp/~aysk/pg366.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Norn Minakami Flower Garden Daffodil Festival

    Norn Minakami where boast many skiers in winter changes into the flower garden in Spring! 1,000,000 daffodils with 70 varieties are in bloom with fresh flagrance covering the large garden. Splendid scenery of Mt. Tanigawadake also can be enjoyed from the peak.

    • Saturday, April 18 through Sunday, May 17, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Norn Minakami Flower Garden (479-139 Terama, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma)
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    • About 10 minutes by car from Minakami IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from the Minakami Station on the JR Joetsu Line
    • http://www.norn.co.jp/green/
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Koinobori (Carp Streamers)

  • Koinobori Carp Streamer Village Festival

    About 4,300 koinobori (carp streamers) are raised in 5 Places including Tsuruuda River in the city.

    • Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, May 10, 2020
    • Both Banks of Tsuruuda River and Other Places (Hanayana-cho and other, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 20 minutes on foot from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line or about 15 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway
    • http://www.utyututuji.jp/world/en.html
  • Kanra Town Koinobori Carp Streamer Village

    Around 400 koinobori carp streamers will be hung between the mountains in the Akihata-Nasu area of Kanra, chosen as one of the 100 scenic villages of Japan.

    • Mid-April through early May, 2020
    • Oaza Akihata, Kanra-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma
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    • About 25 minutes by car from the Joshin-Etsu Expressway Tomioka IC About 30 minutes by taxi from the Joshu-Fukushima Station on the Joshin Dentetsu
    • http://www.town.kanra.gunma.jp/index.html
  • Carp streamers of Takeyama

    About 100 Koinobori (carp streamers) are raised up on the wire stretched from halfway up Mt. Take-yama.

  • Koinobori Carp Streamers Festival

    About 800 koinobori (carp streamers) are raised over Kanna River and various events are organized.

    • Raising Period of Koinobori: Sunday, April 26 through Sunday, May 10, 2020 Date of the Event: Scheduled on Saturday, May 2 through Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    • Riverbed of Kanna River (Mamba, Kanna-machi, Tano-gun, Gunma)
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    • About 50 minutes by car from Fujioka IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://town.kanna.gunma.jp/kanko/index.php?page_id=88
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Shibazakura (Moss Phlox)

  • Ota Moss Pink Festival

    Take a walk through the field of moss phlox that spreads out over Miharashi no Oka. The moss phlox typically see peak viewing from late April through early May.

  • Misato Moss Phlox Festival

    3 colors (red, white, and pink) of moss phlox were planted in line drawing vivid whorl and waviness as it is imagined the dress of Orihime.

    • Friday, April 10 through Wednesday and a holiday, May 6, 2020
    • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Last entrance 3:30 PM)
    • Takasaki City Misato Moss Phlox Park (1961 Yabara and other, Misato-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 30 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/docs/2013121300230/
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Other Flowers

  • Azalea Festival

    About 10,000 shrubs of azaleas with 100 varieties, including Yamatsutsuji which has over 800 years old and height of 5 m, are in bloom.

    • Friday, April 10 through Friday, May 15, 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Tsutsujigaoka Park (3128-5 Hanayama-cho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 10 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway or about 10 minutes by bus from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line
    • http://www.city.tatebayashi.gunma.jp/tsutsuji/tutuji-maturi.html
    • Admission:
      ・ Individuals: Period of full bloom 620 yen, early and late stages 310 yen ・ Groups (over 20 persons): Period of full bloom 510 yen, early and late stages 310 yen ・ Junior high school age and younger: free
  • Godo Station Hanamomo Peach Blossom Festival

    Three hundred hanamomo peach trees will bloom at Godo Station on the Watarase Keikoku Railway, creating a tunnel together with cherry blossoms to welcome trains.

    • Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, 2020 Flowering Time: early to mid-April
    • 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Godo Station on the Watarase Keikoku Railway
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    • Use the Watarase Keikoku Railway
    • https://www.watetsu.com/
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
    • Hanamomo-go
      A special train Hanamomo-go will leave from Kiryu Station at 10:31 AM for two days on April 4 and 5. Hanamomo-Go is a trolley car, but for these two days you can ride without a trolley pass (train ticket still required).
    • Hanamomo-Go times: Departs Kiryu Station at 10:31 AM (Track No. 1), Aioi Station at 10:41 AM, Omama Station at 10:54 AM, Mizunuma Station at 11:16 AM, and arrives at Godo Station at 11:37 AM
  • Sayado-Ohata Hanamomo Peach Blossom Festival

    Just 15 minutes’ walk from Hanawa Station is the Sayado-Ohata area where over a thousand weeping peach trees in full bloom line around 2 kilometers of the road.

    • Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2019
    • 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Sayado-Ohata Hanamomo Highway (Azuma-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma)
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    • 15 minutes on foot from Hanawa Station on the Watarase Keikoku Railway Note: A free shuttle bus runs from Hanawa Station to the event grounds.
    • http://www.city.midori.gunma.jp/www/contents/1488863625862/index.html
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
  • Tulip Festival

    About 160,000 tulips are in full bloom decorating the entire park beautifully.

    • Saturday, April 4 through Thursday, April 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • KANEKO SEEDS Gunma Flower Park (2471-7 Kashiwagura-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 30 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.flower-park.jp/flower-gardens/index/no/2
  • Shorenji Peony Festival

    Shorenji Temple which holds a history as a branch castle of Shiroi Castle is now commonly known as “peony temple”. In its undulating Japanese garden, 1,500 shrubs of peony with about 90 varieties can be enjoyed.

  • Taikeiji Peony Festival

    It is a temple which has a relation with Yoshisada Nitta who is a famous warrior in the Warring State Period. 3,500 shrubs of peony with about 90 varieties decorate the temple with their large flowers.

  • Fujioka Wisteria Festival

    Within the park, a 250 m-long wisteria trellis and Wisteria garden with 45 varieties are arranged. They are also lit up in nighttime.

  • Asama Plateau Rhododendron Festival

    Over 150,000 shrubs of rhododendron with large pink flower spread over at the foot of magnificent Mt. Asama-yama. There are hiking trails arranged within the park for to enjoy nature from fresh green to autumn foliage.

    • Wednesday, May 13 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Asama Plateau Rhododendron Park (Kambara, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)
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    • About 70 minutes by car from Usui-Karuizawa IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    • http://asama-s.seesaa.net/article/464403793.html
    • Fees:
      300 yen (Junior high and older), free for elementary school students and younger
  • Spring 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.

    • Scheduled on Saturday, May 16 through Sunday, June 7, 2020 Illumination schedule: Sunset - 8:30 PM
    • Rose Garden in Shikishima Park (262 Shikishima-cho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)
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    • 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
    • https://www.maebashi-cvb.com/event/2005
  • Rose Festival

    About 1,600 roses with 320 varieties are in bloom gorgeously in the park.

  • Nagamine Park

    Located on the way to Lake Harunako from Ikaho Onsen, Nagamine Park is home to clusters of blossoming yamatsutsuji azaleas from mid to late May on a typical year.

  • Prefectural Ikaho Forest Park

    The Prefectural Ikaho Forest Park is a famous spot for azaleas and features a walking course. The flowers typically see their peak around late May.

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Other Events

  • Akagi Shrine Annual Festival Oigami Onsen “Daija Festival”

    After solemn ritual at Akagi Shrine, a large number of cheerful men and women carry the portable shrine in the shape of “Daija (giant serpent)” and parade through the town of Oigami Onsen.

    • Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, 2020
    • Oigami Onsen (Oigami, Tone-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma)
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    • About 25 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
    • http://www.oigami.net/
  • Ansei Toashi (Samurai Marathon)

    With costumes full in unique idea, people run through the Kyu Nakasendo (one of old highways in the Edo Period) starting from Annaka Castle ruins to Kumano Shrine.

    • Sunday, May 10, 2020
    • Beginning from 8:00 AM
    • From Annaka Castle ruins to Kumano Gongen Shrine at Usui Pass (Annaka-shi, Gunma)
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    • Annaka Castle ruins (Starting Point): About 30 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    • http://ansei-toashi.jp/
    • * Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled for 2020.
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