6 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

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6 days in Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai
Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Chiang Mai


Shibukawa ©
Often referred to as the "Belly Button of Japan," the city of Shibukawa celebrates its status as the country's geographical center by hosting the Heso Matsuri, or Belly Button Festival.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tomioka Silk Mill and then examine the collection at Konnyaku Park. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the sheer force of Fukiwarenotaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mizusawaji, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ikaho Stone Steps.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand to Shibukawa is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Chiang Mai in December, you will find days in Shibukawa are cooler (11°C), and nights are slightly colder (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Shibukawa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fukiwarenotaki Falls, Onsen Resorts, Tomioka Silk Mill, Konnyaku Park
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Ikaho Stone Steps ©
Ikaho Stone Steps
Fukiwarenotaki Falls ©
Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Onsen Resorts


Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yubatake, and then walk around Sainokawara Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Kusatsu International Ski Place, then go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and then make a trip to Japan's Highest National Highway Point.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi tour planning app .

You can drive from Shibukawa to Kusatsu-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Kusatsu-machi is a bit cooler than Shibukawa - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, Japan's Highest National Highway Point
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Onsen Resorts
Yubatake ©
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park