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Have you ever wondered what Gunma would be like had you come over a hundred years ago? A Handbook for Travelers in Japan is the 1903 version of the modern Lonely Planet travel guides and provides an interesting look at Japan at the turn of the 20th century, including several pages on Gunma.

Monkeying Around in Nagano

February 29, 2012 | Travel | No Comments

If you are like me and have a fascination with monkeys, and don’t mind climbing snowy mountains, the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Snow Monkey Onsen in Nagano is the perfect adventure for you. It’s actually one of the most exciting things I’ve done in Japan so far.

Let’s Fishing!

December 22, 2011 | Food and Drink | No Comments

The thought of catching your dinner before you eat might sound a bit like hard work. But for a truly unique, and crazily Japanese experience, there’s a lively restaurant where you catch it, cook it and eat it.

Minakami’s Artisan Village

December 21, 2011 | Japan life | No Comments

If you have yet to make a trip up into the mountains of Minakami for an art-filled day, slap it near the top of your Gunma bucket list. Takumi-no-sato (たくみの里) is an entire village filled with far too many hands-on traditional Japanese art workshops to even consider doing every one in a day.

Kechi Japan

September 5, 2011 | Guides | 1 Comment

Whether you’re a new ALT kitting out your first Japanese home, or a Gunma veteran who spent the summer gallivanting around Asia, chances are your bank balance took a hit this summer.