GUNMA Tourist Guide of Gunma Prefecture

Event calendar [ summer ]

FlowersTanabata Festival
Summer FestivalFireworks
Other Events 

Flowers

  • 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 autumnal foliage.

    Friday, May 11 - Sunday, June 3, 2018
    Asama Plateau Rhododendron Park (Kambara, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 70 minutes by car from Usui-Karuizawa IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
    Fees:
    300 yen (Junior high and older), free for elementary school students and younger
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  • 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, May 14 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
    Rose Garden in Shikishima Park (262 Shikishima-cho, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    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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  • Rose Festival

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

    Saturday, May 19 - Sunday, June 3, 2018
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Gunma Flower Park (2471-7 Kashiwagura-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 30 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Mt. Akagi-yama Fresh Green and Azalea Weeks

    Brilliantly colored Japanese azalea which is one of the greatest in Kanto Region can be enjoyed.

    Sunday, June 3 through Sunday, June 24, 2018
    Mt. Akagi-yama Akagi Park (Akagisan, Fujimi-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 10 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 60 minutesy by car from Akagi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Akabori Japanese Iris Festival

    24,000 Japanese irises are in bloom at the ancient waterway “Onna-bori” which is designated as one of National Historical Sites. Gradation of the flower with purple and white is beautiful as it grows more atmosphere in rainy days.

    Flowering Time: Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 24, 2018
    Date of the Festival: Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2018, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Akabori Japanese Iris Garden (213 Shimofurei-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 5 minutes by car from Isesaki IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Tatebayashi Japanese Iris Festival

    400,000 Japanese irises with 270 varieties are in bloom gorgeously. The festival is held with various events including selling seedlings and performance of deadheading by the flower-picking ladies.

    Saturday, June 2 through Sunday, June17, 2018
    Tatebayashi Japanese Iris Garden (Tsutsujigaoka Second Park 8-1 Obiki-cho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway
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  • Lilies at Ota Yoshizawa Yuri no Sato

    There is a lily garden with large area of 8 hectare on the eastern side of Hachiojiyama Park. 1,500,000 flowers with 50 varieties bloom at hilly area and entertain the visitors.

    Saturday, June 9 through Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    2168 Yoshizawa-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma (Eastern Side of Hachiojiyama Park)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Ota-Kiryu IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Azalea Festival

    About 15,000 shrubs of Japanese azalea are in full bloom. "Hotaka Bokujo 1500 m Festival" is also held during the Azalea Festival. Snow which has been kept from last winter is placed amidst fresh green and other various events are organized at the festival.

    Flowering Time: Late June – Early July
    Date of the Festival: Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, 2017
    Camp Site at Hotaka Bokujo (2797-2 Hanasaku, Katashina-mura, Tone-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 20 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Shimonita Hydrangea Garden: Hydrangea Festival

    Roughly twenty thousand hydrangeas planted in a nearly three-hectare area will beautifully bloom around mid-June at the Shimonita Hydrangea Garden, which is located just off the Joshin-Etsu Expressway Shimonita IC.
    The garden being one of the largest in the Kanto area, visitors here can enjoy hydrangeas in a variety of colors including blue, white, bluish purple, and reddish purple.

    Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, July 8, 2018
    Shimonita Hydrangea Garden (Oaza-Mayama, Shimonita-machi, Kanra-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    Just off the Joshin-Etsu Expressway Shimonita IC
    About 15 minutes by taxi from the Joshin-Dentetsu Shimonita Station
    Fee
    Adult: 300 yen, Elementary age: 100 yen, Younger than elementary age: free
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  • Hydrangea Hill at Ogikubo Park

    Ogikubo Park located on the southern foot of Mt. Akagi-yama will see around 16,000 hydrangeas in ten varieties in full bloom from mid-June through early July.

    Mid-June through late July
    530-1 Ogikubo-machi, Maebashi-shi, GunmaGoogle Map
    About 25 minutes by car from the Kan-Etsu Expressway Maebashi IC
    Take the Nagai Bus Ogikubo Park Line from Platform 6 at JR Ryomo Line Maebashi Station headed for Ogikubo-koen for about 30 minutes. Get off at Ogikubo-koen.
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  • Hydrangea Festival

    Festival is held when over 8,000 shrubs of hydrangea are in bloom. Hydrangeas are also lit up in nighttime.

    Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, July 9, 2017
    Onoike Hydrangea Park (2979 Shibukawa, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Sori Station Hydrangea Festival

    About 2,200 shrubs of hydrangea are in bloom near the platform and around Sori Station on Watarase Keikoku Railway. Hydrangea Festival will be held by local people with various events with refreshment booth.

    Flowering Time: Late June – Mid-July
    Date of the Festival: Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 2018
    July 7: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, July 8: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Sori Station on Watarase Keikoku Railway (Sori, Azuma-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    Sori Station on Watarase Keikoku Railway
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  • Akabori Lotus Garden Festival

    Lotus flowers in pale pink color are in bloom at old moat of Tenbaku Castle ruins which was constructed in the Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573). The best time to see the beautiful flowers is in the morning.

    Flowering Time: Early July – Mid-August
    Date of the Festival: Sunday, July 15, 2018
    Akabori Lotus Garden (301 Iso-cho, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 25 minutes by car from Isesaki Station on JR Ryomo Line or Tobu Railway Isesaki Line
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  • Jonuma in Summer Lotus Flower Festival

    Native pink lotus flowers bloom at Jonuma and Kojonuma marsh. Also, lotus flowers with about 200 varieties in the world are displayed. During the festival, “lotus flower cruise” which you can enjoy lotus flowers from close up cruising on the boat are organized.

    Tuesday, July 10 through Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Jonuma and Kojonuma marsh (3128-5 Hanayama-cho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway
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Tanabata Festival

  • Maebashi Tanabata Festival

    This is one of Maebashi’s three famous festival and large handmade decorations on bamboo are displayed. During the festival, shopping streets are filled with various kinds of colorful handmade decorations.

    Thursday through Sunday, July 6 through 9, 2017
    Central Area of Maebashi City (Chiyoda-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes on foot from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 20 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Isesaki Tanabata Festival

    Handmade decorations on bamboo swing beautifully on shopping streets including Honmachi Street. You can enjoy colorful decorations while tasting various kinds of food from stalls lined up on the streets.

    Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, 2017
    Honmachi Street and Other (Honmachi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Komagata IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway or about 10 minutes on foot from Isesaki Station on JR Ryomo Line or Tobu Railway Isesaki Line
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Summer Festival

  • Ota Summer Festival

    Summer festival is annual event of Ota held for 2 days. Various events including parading portable shrine are organized according to themes that are chosen by two districts.

    Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, 2017
    Around Ota Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line (Higashihon-cho and other, Ota-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 minute on foot from Ota Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line
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  • Tsumagoi Festival

    Various events including local Japanese drum performances “Hoshimata Seiryu Taiko” and “Tashiro Todoroki Taiko” are held. At night about 2,000 fireworks are launched.

    Saturday, July 30, 2017
    11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
    Tsumagoi Village Tobu Elementary School fields (679-3 Oaza-Mihara Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma) and othersGoogle Map
    About 10 minutes on foot from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station on JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Shibukawa Heso (Navel) Festival

    This is an unique festival of Shibukawa City which is located approximately central of Japan. Figures of people who painted face parts on their belly and dance with the song looks full of fun.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017
    10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Near Shinmachi Gosaro Intersection (Shibukawa, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Tomioka Summer Festival

    Various events and tanabata decorations can be enjoyed at the area around Joshu-Tomioka Station and other places. Local dishes can also be enjoyed.

    Saturday, July 29, 2017
    12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Area around Joshu-Tomioka Station (Tomioka, Tomioka-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About a minute on foot from Joshu-Tomioka Station on Joshin Dentetsu
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  • Kusatsu Onsen Appreciation Festival

    This festival is originally held according to the tradition of taking a bath to onsen at two o’clock in the morning (ushi no koku) on the midsummer day of the ox to pray for sound health throughout the year. Afterwards the aim of the festival changed into the appreciation to Onsen until now.

    Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1 and 2, 2017
    Around Yubatake (Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 20 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Kiryu Yagibushi Festival

    The highlight of the festival is “Yagibushi” dance which is the dance twirling umbrella to lively rhythm made by hitting barrels. This traditional dance is performed through the streets of Kiryu during the festival.

    Friday through Sunday, August 4 through 6, 2017
    Central Area of Kiryu City (Hon-cho and other, Kiryu-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 20 minutes by car from Ota-Kiryu IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Mt. Akagi-yama Summer Festival

    A common feature of summer in Mt. Akagi-yama. The festival is held with various events including rowing boats, floating lanterns at Onuma and concerts by amateur jazz bands on the open-air stage surrounded with nature.

    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    10:00 AM to 5:20 PM
    Akagi Park, Lakeside of Onuma, Mt. Akagi-yama (Akagisan, Fujimi-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 10 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Takasaki Festival

    This festival is the largest event in Takasaki City as portable shrines and dashi lively parades across the central area of the city. Among them, “Sosaku Daruma Mikoshi” which uses daruma as a motif can be seen.

    Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017
    Central Area of Takasaki City (Takamatsu-cho and other, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Takasaki IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 10 minutes on foot from JR Takasaki Station
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  • Numata Festival

    There are parades of portable shrines, dashi called “mandou” and dance by 1,000 people. Especially, “Tengu mikoshi” which is the portable shrine in the shape of long-nose goblin carried exclusively by women is a sight to see.

    Thursday through Friday, August 3 through 5, 2017
    Central Area of Numata City (Naka-machi and other, Numata-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes on foot from Numata Station on JR Joetsu Line
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  • Isesaki Festival

    This is the summer festival which represents Isesaki. Festival is full of events including competitive performance and folk entertainment. And the highlight is the original dance of Isesaki “Danpia Isesaki” which about 1,000 people dance together.

    Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017
    Honmachi Street and Other Places (Hon-machi and other, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Komagata IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Ohinata no Hitoboshi (Hitoboshi fire show at Ohinata)

    This is the largest remaining fire festival designated as National Selected Important intangible Folk-Cultural Properties. The floating rings of fire create a mystical scene in the darkness.

    Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15, 2017
    Ohinata Bridge (Ohinata, Nanmoku-mura, Kanra-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 20 minutes by car from Shimonita IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
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  • Ojima Neputa Festival

    This festival started by the connection with Hirosaki City in Aomori, where is famous for Neputa. Tens of Neputa (float made by Japanese paper lantern) in various sizes parade the street and light up the night in summer.

    Monday and Tuesday, August 14 and 15, 2017
    2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Main Street of Ojima Shopping Street (Ojima-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 5 minutes by bus from Kizaki Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line
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  • Shibukawa Dashi Festival

    This festival is also known as the “Best Abare-dashi (frantic float) Festival in Northern Kanto”. Dashi leaders pull two ropes of 50-100 meters long, jostling themselves and the ropes up down, left and right so much as to crash into each other in a dynamic tug-of-war display.

    Friday through Sunday, August 12 through14, 2016 (Held every other year)
    Central Area of Shibukawa City (Shibukawa, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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Fireworks

  • Tamamura Fireworks

    This fireworks display can be enjoyed the fireworks seen from close up as they are launched from a rice field and there is nothing obscuring the display. Highlights are extra-large starmine fireworks and “Yoeshin (fireworks with four cores in a ball and makes 5 round-clolors when launched)” fireworks.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017
    Beginning at 7:50 PM
    West of the Joyo Elementary School (Joyo Area, Tamamura-machi, Sawa-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 25 minutes by bus from Shimmachi Station on JR Takasaki Line
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  • Tatebayashi Tezutsu Fireworks

    Brave tezutsu (arm-held) Fireworks is rare display in Kanto Region. Beautiful starmine fireworks are another sight to see.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017
    7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Tatebayashi City Hall eastern plaza (1-1 Shiro-machi, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes on foot from Tatebayashi Station on Tobu Railway Isesaki Line or about 15 minutes by car from Tatebayashi IC of Tohoku Expressway
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  • Haruna Festival and Fireworks

    After the ritual of “Koshiki-minuma no Shizume” and floating lanterns, about 3,000 fireworks including aquatic fireworks which launched from the lake surface are organized.

    Friday, August 4, 2017
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Lake Haruna (Harunako-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 60 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 1 hour 30 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station
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  • Takasaki Festival Fireworks

    Takasaki Festival lets visitors watch and participate in traditional events like pulling portable shrines and parading floats, plus other events like prize drawings. 3 August will mark the largest fireworks event in northern Kanto, where around 15,000 fireworks will color the night sky.

    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    7:40 PM - 8:30 PM
    The riverbed upstream from Wada Bridge on Karasu River (Yachiyo-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 5 minutes on foot JR Takasaki Station/ About 20 minutes by car from Takasaki IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Maebashi Fireworks

    This is one of the largest fireworks display in Northern Kanto. The fireworks includes various sets of starmine fireworks, “Niagara” fireworks which fireworks are set on the bridge and launched continuously to make like waterfall and “Niagara in the sky” fireworks which Maebashi Fireworks is said to be the origin. Competitive performance of lights in large scale can be enjoyed.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017
    Beginning at 7:00 PM
    Riverbed near Owatari Bridge on Tone River (Iwagami-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 25 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Lake Kusaki Festival

    This summer festival has started since the completion of the construction of Kusaki Dam. There is a fireworks display at the end of the festival which hold full impact since the sound echo in the dam and mountains around.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Eastern Athletic Park (399 Zama, Azuma-cho, Midori-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 20 minutes on foot from Godo Station on Watarase Keikoku Railway
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  • Minakami Fireworks

    About 4,000 firework decorate the town of headwaters of Tone River.

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Tsukiyono Comprehensive Park (Shimozu, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes on foot from Gokan Station on JR Joetsu Line
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  • Festival of Chiyoda Kawasegaki

    This festival hold history of over 120 years and main event is floating lantern called “Kawasegaki”. Fireworks are also launched. Light of lanterns on river surface and fireworks on the sky beautifully decorate the night in summer.

    Friday, August 18, 2017
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    On the banks of the Tone River in Chiyoda Town (Akaiwa, Chiyoda-machi, Ora-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 30 minutes by car from Ota-Kiryu IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Sarugakyo Onsen Lake Akayako Fireworks

    This festival is organized by local people. About 6,000 fireworks are launched from the pier on Lake Akaya.

    Saturday, August 26, 2017
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Launched from Lake Akayako (Sarugakyo Onsen, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 20 minutes by car from Tsukiyono IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 30 minutes by bus from Jomo-Kogen Station on JR Joetsu Shinkansen
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Other Events

  • Firefly Village

    Genji and Heike fireflies can be seen near Narusawa River at the lower reaches of Hakoshima Yusui each year from mid-June through late July thanks to the conservation efforts of local residents.

    Mid-June to late July
    Hakojima Area, Higashiagatsuma-machi, Agatsuma-gun, GunmaGoogle Map
    About 25 minutes by car from the Kan-Etsu Expressway Shibukawa-Ikaho IC
    About 20 minutes on foot from the Onogami Station on the JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Lake Harunako Big Summer Fiesta 2017

    Quiet Lake Haruna becomes a fantastic place by the show of laser light and music. This event now is a common feature of Lake Haruna in summer. Laser lights from 3 direction light up the lake surface and night sky beautifully.

    Saturday, July 15 through Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Lake Harunako (Harunako-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 30 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station or about 50 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Ikaho Hawaiian Festival

    This is the festival is held in Ikaho where has deep relationship with Hawaii including the historic site of the kingdom of Hawaii when it was still an independent kingdom that remained only here in Japan. Various events related to Hawaii, such as the "the Merrie Monarch Show"by the winning team of Hawaii's hula competition and so on, are held.

    Thursday through Sunday, August 3 through 6, 2017
    Monokiki Parking Lot, Stone Steps in Ikaho Onsen and Other Places (Ikaho and other, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 25 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Pear Festival in Haruna

    Haruna area in Takasaki is one of leading pear producing area in Gunma. At the festival, various kinds of events related to pear including peeling the skin of pear contest, giving pear for free and so on are held.

    Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Beginning at 10:00 AM
    In Front of Haruna Lodge (Harunako-machi, Takasakishi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour 30 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station
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