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Revalue Nippon No.32


The southern area of Gunma is on the edge of Kanto Plain and during the winter, strong winds called ”karakkaze of Joshu” blusters down on the area. During the Meiji era, poultry farming, silk manufacturing and textile industry thrived in this area enabling many women to hold jobs, leading to the term ”kakaa-denka”.

No.1 producer of ”daruma”- standard lucky charm in Japan
”Takasaki Daruma”, also called ”Toyooka Daruma”, were first started as a side business for the sericultural industry.
”Daruma” market is held every year at ”Shorinji Darumaji” where many people come to purchase the lucky charm.
The origin of silkworms and silk industry - ten Industrial Heritage Sites in Gunma
Became the cornerstone of Japan’s modernization when the mechanization of the silk industry progressed under government policy to promote new industry during Meiji Era. In 2007, ”The Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage” was added to Japan’s Provisional World Heritage List. (became World Heritage in 2014)
”Gunma Prefecture shaped like crane in flight” - the local love for their homeland is expressed in ”Jomo Karuta”
Gunma prefecture is situated where Kozuke-no-kuni used to be and was called ”Joshu” or ”Jomo” in the olden days. ”Jomo Karuta” was created in the late 1940s and is an anthology of the history and culture of Gunma. It may be interesting to visit places mentioned in ”Jomo karuta”.

Other place of visit


Asama-shuzo Brewery
”Daiginjo” made from natural spring water of Okujoshu, Yamada-nishiki rice from Hyogo and the extreme winter cold of the area.
30-8 Oaza Naganohara, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Nagai Sake Inc.
Bubbly ”sake” named ”MIZUBASHO PURE” is fermented for a second time in the bottle, like champagne.
713 Monzen, Kawaba, Tone-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Yanagisawa Shuzo
”Joshuichi-Katsuragawa” is a sweet type of ”sake” made by ”Mochigome-densho-jikomi” method, creating ”sake” that has great affinity with Joshu people’s palate.
104-2, Fukazu, Kasukawa-machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma Prefecture.
Shimaoka Shuzo
”Sake” is made from locally grown ”Wakamizu” rice and spring water from the Akagi Mountain Range. It is brewed in the traditional ”Kimoto type yamahai” method.
375-5 Yura-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma Prefecture
Ryujin Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Well known sake for its clear taste, ”Oze-no-Yukidoke” is made with water from Ryujin’s Well.
7-13 Nishihon-cho, Tatebayashi-shi, Gunma Prefecture


Shorinzan Darumaji
Many visitors come to purchase”Daruma dolls” to the ”Daruma Market” every year. The temple continues to convey the teachings of Bodhidharma.
296 Hanadaka-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma Prefecture
Ichinomiya Nukisaki Jinja
A Shinto shrine built 1400 years ago known for its unique layout where the main shrine is located down the stairs from the entrance.
1535 Ichinomiya, Tomioka-shi, Gunma Prefecture
Serada Toshogu
Out of the 600 ”Toshogu” shrines all over the country, Serada Toshogu has the oldest connection to the Tokugawa clan.
3119-1 Serada-cho, Ota-shi, Gunma Prefecture


Gateau Festa Harada
Makes Gateau Rusk ”Goûter de Roi”, a confection popular nationwide.
1207 Shin-machi, Takasaki-shi, Gunma Prefecture
Oigami Onsen Morning Market
Morning market - a fun activity for visitors at Oigami Onsen. Open every morning from 6:00 to 7:30 am, from April 20 to November 20.


Tsukagoshiya Shichibee Bekkan Kounkan
”Kounkan” is an annex to Tsukagoshiya Shichibee, which started business in the Edo era. The great bath ”Auru no Yu” draws its onsen directly from the renowned natural hot spring ”Ogon no Yu.” A touch of tradition and ambience can be seen all around this Japanese style inn.
175-1 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken
Nested in 2.5 acres of natural forest, a Japanese style inn in Kusatsu Onsen where you can thoroughly enjoy ”kaiseki-ryori” and ”onsen” drawn directly from natural hot spring.
639-1 Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Bettei Senjuan
A Japanese style inn where you can watch the stars above Tanigawa-dake and immerse yourself in the outdoor baths.
614 Tanigawa, Minakamimachi, Tone-gun, Gunma Prefecture
Okuikaho Ryotei Kaichoro
Famous Japanese style inn in Ikaho where all guest rooms are equipped with half outdoor baths that draws ”onsen” from natural hot spring ”Hakugin-no-Yu”.
5-4 Ikaho-koto, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa City, Gunma
Minakami Onsen Keisetsu-no-Yado Syoubun
Seven relaxing guestrooms. Enjoy Minakimi’s natural surroundings and savor nature’s gifts from Tone River.
277 Tsunago, Minakami-cho, Tone-gun, Gunma Prefecture