If you want to visit a spectacular site which combines the joy of dining and the warmth of accommodations bathed in a nostalgic atmosphere, head to the seat of the Gunma prefectural government known as “Maebashi City.”
Also, it is only an hour away from Tokyo. Due to its pure water, rich nature and contemporary poets, Maebashi has been called, “The City of Water, Greenery and Poets.” Here are some of the best places to visit in the area.
Akagi Nanmen Senbozakura is covered with about 1,000 cherry blossom trees during the spring season. It is even included in Japan’s 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites. This magnificent colonnade of trees which is nearly 2 kilometers long creates a tunnel of cherry blossom trees when they’re in full bloom. The place is 15 minutes by taxi from Ogo Station on Jomo Dentetsu or about 25 minutes by car from Kita-Kanto Expressway Isesaki IC.
Akagi Shrine is the focus of more than 300 branches spread all over Japan. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Emperor Sujin from 97 B.C. to 29 B.C. Some agricultural Gods are worshiped here such as Onamuchi-no-mikoto and Toyoki-irihiko-no-mikoto. It is regarded as a sanctuary surrounded by ancient trees, including 1,000-year-old cedars. To reach the place, take the public bus from Jomo Dentetsu at Ogo Station which will take around 20 minutes. However, it takes about 30 minutes from Isesaki Exit off the Kita-Kanto Expressway.
The largest waterfall on Mount Akagi-yama is Fudo-Otaki Falls. It has a beautiful countenance which changes on all four seasons. Get a sense of awe with the views of fresh verdure in spring and fantastical mists and rainbows in summer while autumn gives you blazing scarlet and golden leaves. It is particularly popular during winter as the icicles form a frozen cascade that offers a truly artistic beauty.
Travel to Maebashi and enjoy all four seasons here. Remember, travelling and change of place impart a new vigor to the mind!