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Weather

Weather

Gunma's mountainous landscape means the weather can vary greatly from one area to another. The hottest months are July to September, and the coldest are December to March.

In its flatter, urban areas like Takasaki and Maebashi, the average winter temperatures are around 5 degrees Celsius while summer temperatures average around 26 degrees. Temperatures can exceed 35 degrees on some days. These areas are prone to strong northerly winds in winter.

In Gunma’s more mountainous north, summers are cooler and winters are colder, with heavy snow.

Money

Money

There are very few money exchanges in Gunma, so it’s best to change your foreign currency before you arrive. There are ATMs in most of Gunma’s main destinations, but it’s advisable to withdraw enough cash before you arrive at an onsen or ski resort. Most facilities take credit cards and many take QR code payments, but it’s not uncommon in Japan to find stores and restaurants that only take cash, so don’t rely solely on a card for your stay.

Internet

Internet

Most of Gunma’s hotels and ryokan offer free Wi-Fi. There are a few Wi-Fi hotspots around Gunma’s main destinations but to be sure you can stay connected—particularly in more rural areas—buy a prepaid SIM card or rent a pocket Wi-Fi unit upon arriving in Japan.

Left Baggage

Left Baggage

There are coin lockers in Gunma’s major stations, including Takasaki and Maebashi in the south, Jomo-Kogen and Minakami in the Minakami area, and Nakanojo near Shima Onsen. There are also coin lockers at the base of the Ikaho Onsen steps and at the Kusatsu Onsen bus terminal.

Travel Passes

Travel Passes

A travel pass is a great investment if you plan to travel to a few destinations in Japan. Passes that can be used within Gunma include the Japan Rail Pass, which covers all JR trains, including the shinkansen (bullet train), throughout Japan. Other JR passes that cover Gunma are the JR East Pass (Tohoku area), JR East Pass (Nagano & Niigata area), JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, the Hokuriku Arch Pass, and the JR Tokyo Wide Pass. Local bus passes, such as the Minakami Area Pass and Shibukawa Ikaho Area Pass, provide unlimited travel on buses within a designated area for a budget-friendly price.

FAQ

It depends on what kind of experience you want to have. Each season offers different scenery and activities. Find out more about the highlights of the seasons in Gunma here.

Gunma’s weather conditions vary greatly depending on the season and area. Wrap up warm, with multiple layers in winter, particularly if you’re staying in Gunma’s snowier northern reaches. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear for snow and ice. In summer, temperatures can get very warm. Be aware that when you’re hiking in the mountains, the weather can change quickly and conditions can be very different at the peak than they are at lower altitudes. Check the forecasts, bring layers, and plan ahead.

Gunma is very mountainous, which can add to travel times, especially in winter when heavy snow can cause some road closures. Getting around Gunma is typically easier with a car, particularly if you want to explore its most remote areas. Trains run to stations close to most of the major onsen resorts. From there, you can change to local buses, which serve many of the major destinations.

Gunma’s main destinations are popular during weekends and holidays, but generally quiet at other times. It’s easy to get to less touristy parts if you stay outside the main onsen and ski resorts. Discover Gunma’s “off the grid” destinations.

Explore the hotel and ryokan inn options in Gunma’s main destinations or, if you’d rather get off the grid, there are more remote options. Alternatively, immerse yourself in nature by camping or glamping in the wilderness. Read more about where to stay in Gunma.

There are some local delicacies Gunma is known for, including sukiyaki, konnyaku, and onsen manju. Find out more about what you should eat in Gunma here.

There are lots of hot springs in Gunma! The prefecture’s most famous onsen towns are Kusatsu, Minakami, Shima, and Ikaho, but there are many others to explore, too. Find more places in Gunma to relax.

There is some nightlife in Gunma’s larger towns. For inspiration, read our story on the best places to enjoy nights out in Gunma.

Gunma is famous for its onsen resorts, world-class skiing, outdoor adventure, and extraordinary hiking. It’s also famous for its long-standing silk industry and daruma dolls. Discover more about Gunma here.

Cherry blossoms in the southern part of Gunma, including Maebashi and Takasaki bloom from late March to mid-April. In Minakami, they bloom from mid to late April, and around Kusatsu, they are at their peak in late April. Keep an eye on national forecasts, which can pinpoint the date of full bloom. There is a second chance to see rarer cherry blossoms in winter at Sakurayama Park, too. Read our guide for more information on the best places to see cherry blossoms in Gunma.

Peak autumn foliage in Gunma varies from location to location but is generally at its most colorful between mid-October and early November. Read our guide for more information on the best places to see autumn foliage in Gunma.

Gunma Excellence is a certification awarded by Gunma Prefecture to tourism facilities that provide an exceptional level of service to international tourists, including language support, meal consultation for special dietary needs, Western-style bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi.

Tourist Information Centers

Tourist Information Centers

Make one of Gunma’s tourist information centers your first port of call for up-to-date information on what to do, what to see, and where to stay on your visit. You can find maps and exhibits and information on local highlights in multiple languages.

Tours

Tours

Gunma is a playground for adventurers. Tour companies like Canyons Ltd. provide guided canyoning and rafting activities as well as scenic glamping. Alternatively, you can browse tours with Viator.

Emergency contacts

Emergency contacts

If you have an emergency during your stay in Gunma, refer to the following information and contact details.
JNTO medical information
Japan Visitor Hotline

Police: Dial 110
Fire & Ambulance: Dial 119

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