8 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

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Tomioka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Minakami-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Yakushima-cho

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Tomioka

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tomioka Silk Mill, get a new perspective on nature at Gunma Natural Museum, then head outdoors with Semi no Keikoku, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Isobe Onsen, and finally examine the collection at Konnyaku Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myogi Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Myogisan Sakura no Sato, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Myogi, then trek along Apt Street, and finally examine the collection at Usui Toge Railroad Cultural Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tomioka travel route planning site.

Yakushima-cho to Tomioka is an approximately 23-hour car ride. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Tomioka: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Tomioka

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minakami-machi

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along Suwakyo, get your bearings at Denen Plaza Kawaba, then take in the dramatic scenery at Fukiwarenotaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kichijo-ji Temple, and finally learn about winemaking at Okutone Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then grab your bike and head to MTB Japan Adventure Tours, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally make a trip to Doai Station.

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Traveling by car from Tomioka to Minakami-machi takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi

— 3 nights
On the 16th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, then look for gifts at Kajiya Kusatsu Onsen, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haruna Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mizusawaji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikaho Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Ikaho Stone Steps, and finally take in the views from Kajikabashi.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu-machi trip planner.

Getting from Minakami-machi to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kusatsu-machi can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

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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