Top things to do in Gunma Prefecture

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Takasaki

Haruna Jinja

Among gorgeously forested mountains and believed to be the home of the God of Water, Fire and Agriculture, this site has housed a shrine of some form for almost 1400 years. It's said that a visit brings good fortune…
Historic Building in Takasaki

Tomioka Silk Mill

Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2014, Tomioka Silk Mill provides a look at the history of silk production, with some English-language narration. Completed in 1872, the mill was once one of the world's largest pro…
Noodles in Kusatsu Onsen

Mikuniya

Fill up on tasty bowls of sansai soba (buckwheat noodles with mountain vegetables; ¥800) at this popular place on the shopping street that runs behind Yubatake towards Sai-no-kawara. Look for the renovated wooden bu…
Museum in Takasaki

Usui Tōge Railway Village

Fans of the iron horse will love this rail graveyard–locomotive museum, with rolling stock, stations, carriages, simulators and years of Japanese rail history in a lovely rural setting. Take the train from Takasaki …
Live Performance in Kusatsu Onsen

Netsu-no-yu Yumomi

Although it's a touristy 30-minute show, this is a unique opportunity to see yumomi, in which local women stir the waters to cool them while singing folk songs. There's a chance to do it yourself at most shows (four…
Wine Bar in Takasaki

VinoVino

Although this is more of a wine merchant where you can sit and sample the merchandise than a wine bar per se, it's still worth popping in if you're craving a decent drop after all that sake and beer. You'll be able …
Italian in Takasaki

Harappa Ekibiru-ten

Dorothy, you're not in Emilia-Romagna any more. Upstairs inside the JR Takasaki Station building, this local favourite serves every pasta dish conceivable, from standard carbonara and marinara to Takasaki originals …
Hot Springs in Kusatsu Onsen

Yubatake

Yubatake is the main attraction in the town centre and the source of hot-spring water in the area. Its milky-blue sulphuric water flows like a waterfall at 4000L per minute and is topped with wooden tanks from which…
Bar in Minakami Onsen-kyo

Alpine Cafe

Run by the Canyons crew, this popular cafe-bar offers riverside barbecues in summer, a pool table, plenty of beer, hamburgers and occasional live music. It's also where you'll be put up if you're on one of Canyons' …
Soba in Minakami Onsen-kyo

Kadoya

Expect to queue at this popular 'local' specialising in hegi soba (soba flavoured with seaweed and served on a special plate, a hegi). The noodles are hand-rolled fresh every day and the shop closes once they sell o…