Oze, Numata and Kawaba area is surrounded by beautiful nature in North Gunma. The famous tourist spot around here is Oze National Park. Oze is an elevated marsh covered with wetland plants such as skunk cabbages and yellow alpine lilies. You will be refreshed by the breeze blowing softly and pretty flowers blooming in the marshland.
There are also Fukiware-no-Taki Falls, which is also called the “Niagara of the East Asia”, “Tambara Lavender Park” located on Tambara Plateau and Kawaba Onsen with rural scenary. In Gunma, you can find beautiful nature and original Japanese landscape.
- 5th KAWABAONSEN YUTORIAN
- 4th Numata Park
- 3rd Tambara Lavender Park
- 2nd Fukiware-no-taki Falls
- 1st Oze National Park
1. Spot ranking in Oze, Numata and Kawaba area
5th. KAWABAONSEN YUTORIAN
Kawaba Onsen Yutorian is a ryokan(traditional Japanese style accommodation) with a traditional Kayabuki straw-thatched roof. Kawaba Onsen Yutorian is toji onsen, meaning onsen therapy, near Usune river running around the southern foot of Mt. Hotaka in Kawaba village, Tone gun in North Gunma. Kawaba Onsen is pulled directly from two sources, whose water contains high alkaline(pH 9.2) that is good for smooth skin.
Yutorian has seven Kayabuki houses, preserving good old Japanese landscape and pursuing comfortable stay for guests. You can enjoy delicious dining in a quiet and slow countryside.
They have three onsen: Hotakano-yu, Koubouno-yu and Satono-yu, all of which have both indoor and outdoor bathes in which you can enjoy natural free-flowing hotspring. You can bathe in Hotakano-yu without overnight stay. Hours for day-use hotspring is 10:30AM to 8:00PM. It is ¥1,200 (including tax, onsen fee and admission fee) for an adult and ¥700 (including tax and admission fee) for a child (from 3 years old to an elementary school student).
It is ¥200(including tax) for admission. A towel is ¥250(including tax) for sale and a bathtowel is ¥300(including tax) for rental(to be returned to the reception). There is a day trip onsen plan with original lunch made with local fresh ingredients(reservation required).
To go to Yutorian, take a Kan-etsu Kotsu bus “Kawaba loop” from Numata Station(takes about 35 minutes) and get off at Kawaba Onsen.
4th. Numata Park
Numata Park is a park in Numata city, Gunma prefecture. It is decorated with various flowers and plants in each season, where there is a multipurpose ground, a tennis court and playground equipment, which is popluar among locals. At the park, you can see Important Cultural Properties: the Historic Ubukata House and the German-style building, the Historic Toki Residence. As the park has been built at the site of Numata Castle, it was chosen as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Historical Parks”.
This park is also known for cherry blossom. A lot of tourists visit here to enjoy over 200 cherry trees and food stalls in spring.
There is no admission fee and the park is always open. Hours for the Historic Ubukata House and the Ubukata Memorial Museum inside the park is 9:00AM to 4:00PM. They are closed on Wednesdays, the next day of public holidays and New Year(if the public holiday is on Wednesday or Tuesday, it is closed on Thursday too). The admission fee is \100 for an adult. Hours and the fee for the Hisotic Toki Residence is same as the Historic Ubukata House.
To go to Numata Park from Numata Station, take Kan-etsu Kotsu bus bound for “In front of Numata Health Welfare Center via Jomo-Kogen and Takumi” and get off at “In front of Numata Staion”. It is about 5-minute walk to Numata Park. If you walk from Numata Station, it takes approximately 15 minutes.
3rd. Tambara Lavender Park
Tabmara Lavender Park is a park with a lot of lavenders, located on Tambara Plateau in Numata city, Gunma prefecture.
As the park is located at 1,300 meters above sea level, its average temperature in July and August is 20 degree celcius, which makes it a comfortable summer resort. The peak season is from mid July to mid August. The view of 50,000 shrubs of lavenders in full bloom is one of the most amazing views in Kanto region. The restaurant offers dishes made with local ingredients. They also have very popluar lavender soft-serve ice cream.
It is usually open from end of June to early September, but since it may change, please check their official website(https://www.tambara.co.jp/lavenderpark/). The admission fee is ¥800 to ¥1,200 for an adult and \300 to ¥500 for a child(depending on the blooming of the flowers).
To go to Tambara Lavender Park from Numata Station, take Kan-etsu Kotsu bus bound for Tambara Center House and get off at Tambara Lavender Park. But the bus is operated only on weekends and public holidays. (※The bus is bound for Tambara Lavender Park from November 1st to April 30th.) There is a direct bus to Tambara Lavender Park from Numata Station during the peak season from July 15th to August 15th. Since the number of bus is limited, do not forget to check the timetable before your visit.
2nd. Fukiware-no-taki Falls
Fukiware-no-Taki Falls is a huge waterfall in Numata city, Gunma prefecture. It was designated as a Natural Monument and National Scenic Beauty in 1936. With the height of 7 meters and width of 30 meters, Fukiware-no-Taki Falls is also known as the “Niagara of the East Asia”.
A pedestrian trail runs around the falls, where you can see the unique beautiful nature in the valley such as the magnificent view of “Masutobi-no-Taki Falls”, the rock cliffs called“Shishiiwa”, the strange-shaped rock “Hannyaiwa” and the historical “Ukishima Kannondo Hall”. You can experience the powerful and splendid beauty of nature created by a long history.
To go to Fukiware-no-Taki Falls from Numata Station, take Kan-etsu Kotsu bus bound for Kamara or “Hatomachi Toge via Roujin Onsen” and get off at Fukiware-no-Taki Falls.
1st. Oze National Park
Oze National Park is a national park spreading into four prefectures centered around Ozegahara, which is said to be the biggest marshland in the main island of Japan. This area is at 1,400 meters above sea level and is said to be academically very valuable as it has rare and complex climate conditions and geographical features. Its ecosystem is also unique for having approximately 900 species of higher plants which are pteridophyta or higher and 12 families/18 species of plants named “oze”.
Since Oze National Park is very large, Ozegahara is the best choice for daytrip. If you are only going to Ozegahara, there is no mountains except for the pass at the entrance of the mountain. There are boadwalks to protect the marshland, which makes it easy to walk.
If you are planning a daytrip during the peak season of flowers and autumn leaves, it is possible if you leave early morning, but you should take it into account that the boadwalks will be busy. It takes at least 7 hours to travel from and back to Hatomachi Toge without including the waiting time for bus. You should plan your trip beforehand considering the season.
To go to Oze National Park from Numata Station, take Kan-etsu Kotsu bus bound for Tokura(Hatomachi Toge Bus Renrakujo), change to a bus bound for Hatomachi Toge at Tokura and get off at Hatomachi Toge stop. Please note that the bus is not operated during winter.
2. Getting to Numata Station from Takasaki Station
Take JR Ryomo Line bound for “Isesaki”or JR Azuma Line for “Manza/Kazawaguchi”, change to JR Joetsu Line for “Minakami” at Shinbashi Station and get off at Numata Station. It takes from 50 minutes to 1 hour and a half depending on the time required for train change. The oneway trip costs ¥760 for an adult.
Getting to Takasaki Station from Tokyo
3. Other Area List
Ikaho Onsen, Shibukawa and Haruna
Shima Onsen – Nakanojo
Oze, Numata and Kawaba
Maebashi, Mt. akagi and Kiryu