The Best Times to Visit Gunma

If for some reason you cannot visit Mount Fuji on your trip in Japan, why not try visiting Mount Haruna Fuji in Gunma? Gunma is known for being the home of the second and third most famous mountains in Japan, and Mount Haruna Fuji looks especially beautiful in the Spring time when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the lake is calm. Unlike Fuji, Mount Haruna is covered with trees, which change color depending on the season, but is just as shapely. Try riding the ropeway to get the best view of the mountain, and you may be lucky enough to see the other beautiful mountains as well, if the weather is good.
 
Fukiware Falls in Summer
The Fukiware falls, or Fukiware-no-taki, have an interesting shape. Because of the difference in stone type, the softer stone has given way after millions of years of erosion, and has created a sort of basin where the water flows through to the edge. The immense amount of water that comes off of the edge is truly stunning, and is reflected in the myth behind the falls. Legend says that the waterfall connects to the Ryugu-jo, or Dragon Castle under the sea, where the Dragon god of the sea lives. People would have events at the waterfall and throw in their wishes on a piece of paper, and the god would lend them a bowl. However, once they forgot to give the bowl back, and from then on their wishes would not be granted. The bowl is still on display today.

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Mount Myogi in Autumn
Mount Myogi is best characterized by its saw-like rock features. The sheer cliffs create a distinct difference in color between the trees that grow on it, and the rocky cliff face, which looks especially stunning during the autumn season. The mountain, while looking intimidating, is a perfect place for an autumn hike. It even has a shrine at the top of the mountain, which you can get to through their advanced hiking courses. If you aren’t as experienced, you can still enjoy a pleasant introductory hiking course at the base of the mountain.
 
Shima Hotsprings in Winter
The Ryokan and hot springs area of the Shima Hotsprings has existed since the Heian Era, about 1000 years ago. The region became popular around the Kamakura Era, about 800 years ago, and ever since has been a popular Onsen destination, especially in Gunma. Most of the ryokan in the area are wooden architecture. The neighborhood is quiet and settled nicely into the mountainside, and are especially beautiful during the winter when the whole town can be covered in snow. And what better way to spend the winter in a nice, warm hot spring, after enjoying a nice, quite stroll around town. 

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