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Top Choice Historic Building in Takasaki

Tomioka Silk Mill

Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2014, Tomioka Silk Mill provides a wonderful look into the history of silk production, with excellent English-language narration. Completed in 1872, the mill was once one of the la…
Shinto Shrine in Takasaki

Haruna Jinja

Believed to be the home of the God of Water, Fire and Agriculture, there has been a shrine of some form here, amongst forested mountains, for almost 1400 years. It is said a visit brings good fortune for love and mo…
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…
Museum in Takasaki

Usui Tōge Railway Village

Kids, adults and trainspotters alike will love, love, love this rail graveyard-cum-beloved museum of the holy locomotive, with rolling stock, stations, carriages, simulators and years of Japanese rail history in a l…
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 …
Buddhist Statue in Takasaki

Byakui Dai-kannon

Built in 1936, this statue of Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) is one of the largest in Japan, standing at 41.8m tall and weighing over 6000 tonnes. You can walk inside the statue up to her shoulder for excellent views. To…
Italian in Takasaki

Harappa Ekibiru-ten

In the JR Takasaki Station building, you'll find this local pasta favourite serving every pasta dish conceivable, from the ones you've heard of to a bunch of Takasaki originals, like watari kani no tomato kuri-mu (s…
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…
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…
Bar in Minakami Onsen-kyo

Alpine Cafe

Run by the Canyons crew, this popular cafe-bar offers riverside barbecues in the 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 Canyo…