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Shorinzan Nanakusa Daruma Doll FestivalRead Later
Daruma are figures in the shape of Dharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. Daruma come with no eyes painted on, and the owner makes a wish (such as for familial safety, fulfillment of ambitions, or business prosperity) and paints on one eye. When the wish comes true, the other eye is painted on as well.
Takasaki City in Gunma Prefecture produces around 80% of Daruma in Japan.
Shorinzan Nanakusa Daruma Doll Festival is packed through the night with people looking to buy lucky Daruma.
Stalls that sell goods other than Daruma are also open all night long. Stall hours are from around 10:00 on the 6th until 14:00 on the 7th.
Sawatari Hot Spring in Gunma Prefecture: a Two-Day Trip to the Hot Spring with an Overnight StayRead Later
Sawatari Hot Spring (Sawatari Onsen) in Gunma Prefecture is one of my favourite hot spring resorts. Each fall I visit it. I love its snug hot spring, tranquil settings and rustic charm.
Lake Haruna Illumination Festa 2017Read Later
Located at the summit of Mt. Haruna, in Gunma Prefecture’s Takasaki City, Lake Haruna is at an altitude of 1,084 meters above sea level, making it the second highest lake in Japan! Due to this, the air at the lake is very clear, making the lights of the Illumination Festa even more beautiful.
Numata City, Gunma Prefecture – Autumn Leaves, Sightseeing Spots, and Access Information for Fukiware-no-Taki FallsRead Later
Fukiware-no-Taki Falls, sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of the East,” happens to be a famous location for viewing gorgeous autumn leaves. The falls, which are 7 meters tall and 30 meters wide, make for an amazing view when backed by the area’s suspension bridge and autumn leaves! Next, I’ll introduce some more information about Fukiware-no-Taki Falls, which was designated as a natural monument and scenic spot in 1936.
Although May 5th is now called Children’s Day in Japan, it was traditionally a festival for boys. So in keeping with tradition, families with boys still fly large carp-shaped streamers, called koinobori, from their houses to pray for the health and happiness of their children. Tatebayashi City starts flying their impressive collection of over 5,000 streamers at the end of March, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the view of the streamers alongside the cherry blossoms.
Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan’s three famous hot springs. A must-see part of any tour of Kusatsu Onsen is its yubatake, or hot water field. The yubatake is Kusatsu Onsen’s largest source of spring water, located at the heart of the facility.
Steam and sulfuric smell rise from the surface of the yubatake, where 4000 litres of water streams out every minute. The high-temperature water cools as it flows through the pipe, and it is distributed to all of the inns, hotels, and public baths in the town.
Jigen-in Temple, located at the summit of Takasaki Kannonyama, is home to a 41.8 meter-high 6000-ton statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon.
Also known as the “Takasaki Kannon,” the statue at Jigen-in Temple is called the “Takasaki Byakue (White-Robed) Dai-Kannon.”
Ikaho Onsen is a hot spring located in Ikaho town in Shibukawa city, Gunma prefecture. This hot spring has been loved by Japanese people since ancient times.
Ikaho Onsen is as well known in the region as Kusatsu hot springs. I went to stay at Ikaho “Ooedo-onsen Monogatari” to enjoy a walk in the historic Onsen resort town.