3 days in Gunma Prefecture & Nasu-machi Itinerary

3 days in Gunma Prefecture & Nasu-machi Itinerary

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Kusatsu-machi
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Minakami-machi
— 1 night
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Nasu-machi
— 1 night
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Kusatsu-machi

— 1 day
On the 21st (Fri), walk around Sainokawara Park, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then don't miss a visit to Yubatake.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kusatsu-machi journey planner.

Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas
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Minakami-machi

— 1 night
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
On the 22nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Doai Station, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally catch all the local highlights with MTB Japan Adventure Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Minakami-machi trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Minakami-machi in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nasu-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Baths
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Nasu-machi

— 1 night
The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Nasu Animal Kingdom, examine the collection at Fujishiro Seiji Museum, then wander the wide-open spaces of Minamigaoka Ranch, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nasu-machi route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Minakami-machi to Nasu-machi takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nasu-machi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Spas
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Gunma Prefecture travel guide

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Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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