Various parks and gardens, and pork dishes satisfy visitors. Through the city flows the magnificent Tone-gawa River, while the Fudo-Otaki Falls roar in the suburbs.
Maebashi City is the seat of the Gunma prefectural government and is situated in the northwestern part of the Kanto region, only an hour away from Tokyo by train. Through the city runs the Tone-gawa River, one of the city's symbols that is loved by its citizens. There are various parks to be enjoyed by both families and couples, such as Shikishima-koen Park, which is known for its rose garden and Gunma Flower Park where you can enjoy flowers throughout the year. A spectacular spot to visit in spring is called "Akagi Nanmen Senbon-Zakura" (a thousand cherry blossom trees on the southern slope of Mt. Akagi-yama), a two-kilometer stretch with beautiful cherry blossom trees. In addition, there is a vast ranch that is popular with children where they can find cows, sheep, ponies, and other animals, together with a playground.
In the western part of the city, through which runs the great Tone-gawa River that flows across six prefectures, the bridges also attract visitors. Jomo-Ohashi Bridge offers a magnificent view, with two banks of different heights. While Heisei-Ohashi Bridge should also be visited, a romantic atmosphere is assured at Gunma-Ohashi Bridge, which is lit up at night. To visit all these bridges, it might be a good idea to rent a bicycle at the Maebashi Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The pleasure of "experience" can be found at a pick-your-own farm. In the suburbs there are farms where you can pick apples, strawberries, and blueberries.
In such a tranquil city, the joy of dining is found in their pork dishes. While Gunma Prefecture boasts the highest production of pork meat in Japan, that produced in Maebashi is ranked top among the cities in both quantity and quality. Many shops serve pork dishes such as pork cutlets, rice bowls topped with pork cutlets and sauce, and even entrails.
Maebashi was originally a town that prospered through its silk industry. During the city's good times, restaurants offering Western dishes, which were still rare at that time in Japan, gained much popularity as the cuisine was at the forefront of trends. It is because of such a historical background that the city is today still spotted with excellent restaurants that offer Western menus.
Thirty minutes on the Jomo Line will take you to the Fudo-Otaki Falls and secluded hot springs of Akagi-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village, situated at Mt. Akagi-yama. The 32-meter high Fudo-Otaki Falls offer gorgeous natural beauty throughout the year, for example, in the seasons of fresh green and red leaves, as well as during the severe winter that freezes the water. Most of the hot spring inns that dot the southern foot of Mt. Akagi-yama are secluded inns surrounded by a nostalgic atmosphere.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 50 min from Tokyo to Takasaki Station by Jo'etsu/Nagano Shinkansen Line, and 15 min from Takasaki to Maebashi Station by Ryomo Line.
Or, 1h 45 min from Ueno to Maebashi Station by JR Line "Urban" (rapid service).