GUNMA Tourist Guide of Gunma Prefecture

Event calendar [ winter ]

IlluminationsHatsuichi / Festival
FlowersOther Events

Illuminations

  • Gunma Flower Park Illumination: Fairies' Paradise

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

    Saturday, November 11, 2017 through Monday and a holiday, January 8, 2018
    Sunset to 9:00 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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  • Ota Illumination

    The park suddenly changes into a fantastic world when 1,500,000 lights of illumination are lit up. This illumination can be seen from Kita-Kanto Expressway.

    Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Monday and a national holiday, January 8, 2018
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Hachiojiyama Park (Ota City Northern Athletic Park) (2079-3 Kamigodo-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Ota-Kiryu IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Watarase Keikoku Railway Station Illuminations

    Every station building and platform on Watarase Keikoku Railway are decorated with colorful illuminations. Please come to have a fantastic trip by train.

    Sunday, December 3, 2017 through Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    from 5:00 PM until the final train passes through the station
    Stations on Watarase Keikoku Railway (Midori-shi and Kiryu-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    Please use Watarase Keikoku Railway
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  • Lake Harunako Illumination Fiesta 2017

    This is a fantastic event with over 500,000 lights that are decorated at the venue in front of the lodge and area around. During the fiesta, laser shows and fireworks are also organized.

    Friday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 26, 2017
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    In Front of the Haruna Park Visitor Center (845 Harunako-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 40 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 1 hour 30 minutes by bus from JR Takasaki Station
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  • Isesaki Illumination 2017

    This illumination appears in Christmas season organized by local people. Bridges and trees in the park are decorated with colorful LED lights. Events are held on weekends during the period.

    Saturday, December 2 through Monday, December 25, 2017
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Kezoji Park (1 Kezoji-machi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    Close to Hashie Smart IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
    About 10 minutes by car from Isesaki IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway
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  • Takasaki Pageant of Starlight 2017

    Centering JR Takasaki Station, illumination displays including the tower of light and other monuments decorate the town.

    Thursday and a holiday, November 23, 2017 through Monday and a holiday, January 8, 2018
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Runs until 12:00 midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
    Around Takasaki Station (Yashima-cho, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    In Front of JR Takasaki Station
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  • Oigami Onsen Yuki Hotaru

    Lanterns or tiny huts made with snow are neatly placed in front of each Ryokans and other places in Oigami Onsen. The scenery of lights fricker in the small snow hut can be seen from sunset.

    Satudays and the day before National Holidays in January through February
    Sunset to 10:00 PM
    Oigami Onsen (Oigami, Tone-machi, Numata-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 25 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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Hatsuichi / Festival

  • Shorinzan Nanakusa Taisai Daruma-ichi

    This is the largest Daruma-ichi in Japan. During the Daruma-ichi, 200,000 people gather to get lucky charms including Daruma doll for their wish on sucess business, academic achievement, peace and prosperity in the household and so on.

    Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018
    Shorinzan Daruma Temple (296 Hanadaka-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutesy on foot from Yawata Station on JR Shin-etsu Line or about 40 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Maebashi Hatsuichi Festival

    The festival taht about 600 stalls are lined up on the street and crowded with people who came to buy lucky charms until late at night. The festival is also known as Daruma-ichi. During the festival burning old Daruma dolls and the parade of portable shrines are also held.

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    On Route 50 (Honmachi Street) and Central Area of the City (Chiyoda-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes on foot from Maebashi Station on JR Ryomo Line or about 5 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Isesaki Hatsuichi

    This is Daruma-ichi started since 1888 and held othirdly in the prefecture. A large number of stalls including ones selling Daruma dolls are lined up the street and crowded until late at night.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018
    12:00 noon - 9:30 PM
    Honmachi Street and Other Places (Hon-machi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutesy by car from Komagata IC or Isesaki 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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  • Joshu Yakiman-Sai

    This event is held at the same time with Isesaki Hatsuichi. "Ogushi Manju" which is a giant yakimanju with 4 pieces of manju in 55 cm across are grilled and dedicated to Isesaki Shrine. There is also "Nagagushi Manju" with 21 meters long are grilled by the participants.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Beginning at 2:00 PM
    Isesaki Shrine (21-1 Hon-machi, Isesaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Komagata IC or Isesaki 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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  • Torioi Festival

    This is a traditional event to drive birds and animals that harm fields away and pray for bumper harvest. Beating large Japanese drums which are important cultural properties, people parade through the street.

    Sunday, January 14, 2018
    10:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Central Shopping Street on Nakanojo Town (Oaza Nakanojo-machi, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 40 minutes by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 15 minutes on foot from Nakanojo Station on JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Numata Daruma-ichi

    Various kinds of lucky charms including Daruma dolls are lined up for sale on the street.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Honmachi Street (Numata-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Kawarayu Onsen Yukake Festival

    This festival is said to have been held traditionally since 400 years ago. As the strange festival, men with loincloth only splash water of onsen on each other at dawn on 20 January, the coldest day on the season.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    5:00 AM - 7:00 AM
    Special Event Space in Front of Oyu (496-1 Kawarayu Onsen, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 1 hour by car from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway or about 15 minutes on foot from Kawarayu Onsen Station on JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Shima Onsen Yudate Festival

    The festival involves a ritual where the hot spring water of Shima Onsen is boiled in a large cauldron. Bamboo grass is then used to sprinkle this water over the surrounding onlookers in the hopes of warding off harm and bringing good health.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Shima Onsen Gomuso no Yu (4372-1 Shima, Nakanojo-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 40 minutes by bus from Nakanojo Station on the JR Agatsuma Line
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  • Tsumagoi / Asama Plateau Winter Festival

    2,000 ice candles that decorates the venue and beautiful fireworks invite you a fantastic world of light and water.

    Friday through Saturday, February 2 through 3, 2018
    Prince Street Within the Area of Prince Land (In Front of Omocha Okoku, 2277 Hosohara, Omae, Tsumagoi-mura, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 35 minutes by car from Karuizawa Station on JR Hokuriku Shinkansen or about 1 hour 25 minutes by car from Usui-Karuizawa IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
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  • Kita-Karuizawa Festival of the Flame

    4,000 candles are lit up to pray for the New Year. After a great performance of Japanese drum, fireworks are launched and the venue becomes a fantastic world.

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:30PM
    Kita-Karuizawa Fureai Plaza (1990 Kitakaruizawa, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma)Google Map
    About 60 minutes by car from Usui-Karuizawa IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
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  • Showa Village Winter Festival

    About three thousand fireworks will be launched from the field of snow at the event’s climax.

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    4:00 PM - 7:30PM
    5468-157 Itoi, Showa-mura, Tone-gun, GunmaGoogle Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Showa IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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Flowers

  • Wintersweet Festival

    Within the area of 3.2 hectare 1,200 wintersweet trees are in bloom with goldern-clolor flower spreading its sweet scent in entire park. During the festival various attractions including the performance of Japanese drum and dance are held as well as selling fresh vegetables that are locally made.

    Sunday, January 8, 2017
    10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Roubai no Sato (3677 Kamimasuda, Matsuida-machi, Annaka-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 10 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway or about 10 minutes by car from Nishi-Matsuida Station on JR Shin-Etsu Line
    Opening period of the park:
    Sunday, December 25, 2016 through Sunday, February 5, 2017, 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM
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  • Akima Ume Garden Festival

    About 35,000 trees of Ume (Japanese apricot) 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.

    Saturday, February 18 through Late March, 2017
    Blooming Festival: Saturday, March 4, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM
    Akima Ume Garden (Nishikamiakima, Annaka-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 20 minutes by car from Matsuida-Myogi IC of Joshin-Etsu Expressway
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  • Haruna Ume 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.

    Flowering Time of Ume: Early – Late March
    Date of the Festival: Sunday, March 19, 2017, Beginning from 9:30 AM
    Haruna Cultural Center “Ecole” (1072-1 Kamisatomi-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 45 minutes by car from Takasaki IC or Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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  • Misato Ume 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.

    Early – Late March
    Misato Ume Garden (Tomioka and other, Misato-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 30 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
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Other Events

  • Annual Joshu Ota Seven Gods of Good Fortune New Year's Walk

    This is an event to visit 7 temples which each temple enshrines one of Seven Gods of Fortune located around Kanayama area. The visiting starts from Daikoin Temple and takes for half a day. By coming back to Daikoin after visiting, participants pray for happiness and good health throughout the year.

    Sunday, January 14, 2018
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Information Venue: Daikoin Temple (37-8 Kanayama-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma)Google Map
    About 15 minutes by car from Ota-Kiryu IC of Kita-Kanto Expressway or about 20 minutes on foot from Ota Station on Tobu-Isesaki Line
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