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Gunma Prefecture

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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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Places to visit in Gunma Prefecture

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Popular things to do in Gunma Prefecture

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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Sainokawara Park Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
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Hot Spring
Yubatake Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 4 hours
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Minakami-machi
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Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Gunma Prefecture

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Historic Walking Area
Ikaho Stone Steps Shibukawa
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Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Haruna Shrine Takasaki
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Duration: 1 hour
Historic Site
Netsunoyu Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
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World heritage site
Tomioka Silk Mill Tomioka
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Duration: 1 hour

Winter Sports in Gunma Prefecture

Ski Area
Kusatsu International Ski Place Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
Ski Area
Minakami Hodaigi Ski Place Minakami-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
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Ski Area
Karuizawa Snow Park Naganohara-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
Ski Area
Kawaba Resort Kawaba-mura
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Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Gunma Prefecture

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Ski Area
White World Oze Iwakura Katashina-mura
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Duration: 1 hour
Ski Area
Tanigawadaketenjindaira Ski Area Minakami-machi
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Duration: 8 hours
Ski Area
Katashina Kogen Ski Place Katashina-mura
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Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Gunma Prefecture

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Waterfall
Fukiwarenotaki Falls Numata
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Duration: 1 hour
Water Body
Okushima Lake Nakanojo-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
Water Body
Kakumambuchi Maebashi
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Duration: 1 hour
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Water Body
Nozori Lake Nakanojo-machi
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Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Gunma Prefecture

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Specialty Museum
Konnyaku Park Kanra-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
History Museum
Jukambo National Museum Kusatsu-machi
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Ikaho Toy, Doll and Car Museum Yoshioka-machi
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Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Tomihiro Art Museum Midori
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Duration: 1h 30 min