Last updated: December 21, 2020
Wish for a prosperous year at Takasaki’s vibrant Daruma market
Shorinzan Darumaji Temple in Takasaki is the birthplace of Daruma dolls. These bearded good luck charms are modeled on Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism.
Choose your Daruma doll at the Shorinzan Nanakusa Taisai Daruma Market Festival at the start of the year. The market is an evening event, starting on January 6 and running until the following morning. Thousands of people attend the event every year.
Believers fill in the doll’s left eye while making a wish. When the wish comes true, they fill in the other eye.
296 Hanadaka-machi, Takasaki
About 15 minutes on foot from Yawata Station
About 40 minutes by car from Maebashi IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
January 6–7, 2021
Get inspired by stories about rural getaways, hiking adventures, onsen hopping, and local cuisine. Find out more about the unique charm of Gunma in our comprehensive articles, guides, and itineraries.Read more