15 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Gunma Prefecture trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Takasaki
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Takasaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Katashina-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minakami-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Vancouver

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Takasaki

— 4 nights
Famous for its Daruma dolls, Takasaki serves as a great stopover town during a trip through Japan.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takasaki: Shibukawa (Tokutomi Roka Memorial Museum of Literature, Ikaho Stone Steps, &more), Kanra-machi (Konnyaku Park & Nagaoka Kesaichi Memorial Gallery) and Ikaho Toy, Doll and Car Museum (in Yoshioka-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haruna Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Haruna, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nabewari, and steep yourself in history at Tomioka Silk Mill.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Takasaki attractions planning website.

Vancouver, Canada to Takasaki is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in June; daily highs in Takasaki reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katashina-mura.

Things to do in Takasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Katashina-mura

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Katashina-mura: Numata (Fukiwarenotaki Falls, Thermal Spas, &more) and Konaka Falls (in Midori).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Katashina-mura holiday planner.

You can drive from Takasaki to Katashina-mura in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takasaki in June since evenings lows in Katashina-mura dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Katashina-mura

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Minakami-machi

— 3 nights
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minakami-machi: Kawaba-mura (Kichijo-ji Temple, Nagai Breweries, &more), Nakanojo-machi (Okushima Lake & Shimagawa Dam) and Otone Breweries (in Numata). There's lots more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Tsukiyono Vidro Park, catch some excitement at Tanigawadake Ropeway, and grab your bike and head to MTB Japan Adventure Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Minakami-machi day trip tool.

You can drive from Katashina-mura to Minakami-machi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kusatsu-machi: Tsumagoi-mura (Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, &more).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kusatsu-machi journey planner.

Getting from Minakami-machi to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 2 hours. June in Kusatsu-machi sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gunma Prefecture travel guide

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Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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