Takasaki, Tomioka, and Maebashi are three cities in southern Gunma within easy reach of Tokyo. These cultural hubs are great bases for exploring the prefecture, providing connections to its most remote reaches.
Takasaki is the home of the Daruma doll, a Buddhist good-luck charm on which people traditionally make wishes for the new year. It is also the home of the towering Byakue Dai-Kannon statue, a symbol of the city. Tomioka is synonymous with Japan’s silk industry. You can tour the silk mill that is credited with being the blueprint for Japan’s industrial revolution. Maebashi is the prefecture capital and includes Mt. Akagi, a popular hiking spot.