GUNMA

Stroll Among Ancient Burial Mounds and Appreciate History at This Park in Gunma

Ask the average traveler who knows little of Japan beyond the “must-see” sights what a kofun (古墳) is and you’ll probably get a blank look. The same question might not get a much deeper response from those more traveled in the country, or at best they might tell you, “Oh, aren’t they those huge Emperor’s…

Make Your Own Soba at This Traditional Noodle House in Gunma, Japan

Soba (そば) is a delicious buckwheat noodle dish that can be enjoyed either hot or cold in various sauces and broths. You can get them in most parts of Japan, and like any food, they vary in freshness and quality. Surely most people would agree that fresher is better, and what could be fresher than…

Experience True Peace and Tranquility at These 2 Mountain Shrines of Gunma, Japan

The historical shrines of Nikko (日光) are world-famous, as are the temples of Kyoto (京都) and Nara (奈良), yet the mountain shrines of Gunma (群馬) have been sadly ignored by many. These shrines, each attached to a mountain range, form the “Three Mountains of Jomo (上毛三山)” and boast a history dating to early Asuka (飛鳥;…

Relax With Your Whole Family at This Hot Springs Hotel in Gunma

Matsumotoro is a popular hotel located on the slopes of Mt. Haruna in Gunma. Its close proximity to a stratovolcano made it a great place to put up open-air baths which are widely enjoyed by people. travel.rakuten.co.jp/ About the Hotel japantraveleronline.com/ Hotel Matsumotoro is well known for its hot springs coming from two sources: Kogane…

Bathe in Rising Temperatures at the Best Onsen in Kusatsu – Otaki No Yu!

Known as one of the most famous onsen towns in Japan, Kusatsu in Gunma has a free-flowing hot spring which gushes out 32,300 liters of onsen water per day. The natural waters have been said to cure all ailments bar love sickness and Kusatsu has been ranked as the number 1 onsen in Japan for…

Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura Festival: Enjoy A World of Sakura in Gunma!

The time to enjoy the beautiful view of cherry blossoms in Japan is fast approaching and along with that is the preparation of many foreign visitors who will come to Japan to see and experience those sights. While there are a number of sights to look out for, which one would really be worth the…

Check Out the Stunning Turquoise-Colored Yu-gama Crater Lake at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane!

There are over a hundred active volcanoes in Japan with almost half showing worrying signs of erupting in the future. One of these is a mountain called Kusatsu-Shirane which is located in Kusatsu, Gunma. Its last recorded major eruption dates back to 1983 and has since produced several overlapping cones and three crater lakes. The…

Welcome to the Japanese Vending Machine Restaurant With No Staff!

Everyone knows that Japan is the land of convenience. From an easy access metro system, convenience stores that allow you to do everything from paying bills to buying theater tickets and, of course, the fan favorite – vending machines! There seems to be one on every block and corner selling everything from drinks, bananas, and…
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