1 Misato Plum Grove

This beautiful plum grove covering 300 hectares sits on a hill looking out over the Kanto Plain, with the blossoms of its 100,000 plum trees forming a white carpet. During the Plum Festival the area bustles with many visitors who come to enjoy the plum blossoms.

  • Zenji/Kanisawa, Misato-machi
  • 20-30 min. by car from Takasaki / Maebashi / Shibukawa-Ikaho IC

Early to late March

2 Jigen-ji Temple and its Weeping Cherry Trees

The weeping cherry trees in the temple grounds were planted in the 14th century. Other kinds of cherry trees adorn the west side of the temple.

  • 19 Shimo-Taki-machi
  • 20 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Late March

3 Cherry Blossoms on Mt. Kannonyama

As many as 3,000 cherry trees of various species in full bloom will feast your eyes in April.

  • 20 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Early to late April

4 Misato Shibazakura Park

This park was created from the image of the Japanese folktale “Princess Orihime’s Pink Robe of Feathers”. Thousands of tiny red, pink and white moss phlox create patterns of waves and swirls on the side of the hill.

  • Matsunosawa, Misato-machi
  • 8:00-17-00 (last entry 16:30)
  • Adults ¥300, elementary school students ¥100, free for younger children
    *Entrance charged only during Shibazakura Festival
  • 20-30 min. by car from Takasaki / Maebashi / Shibukawa-Ikaho IC

Early April to early May

5 Hanadaka Flower Hill Lookout

Enjoy more than fifteen kinds of flowers including canola flowers and cosmos, and a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains of the Kanto Plain throughout the year

  • Hanadaka-machi
  • 30 min. by car from Takasaki IC

Canola flowers: Mid-April to early May, Cosmos flowers: Mid-September to mid-October

6 Hachimanzuka Tumulus and Maze of Sunflowers

On the western side of the tumulus is a field of sunflowers, planted in a maze.

  • Hodota-machi
  • 30 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Mid to late August

7 Seisui-ji Temple and its Hydrangeas

Pretty hydrangeas welcome you on both sides of the stone stairway leading to the gate of Seisui-ji Temple.

  • 2401 Ishihara-machi
  • 027-323-3214
  • 15 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Mid-June to early July

8 Ofuro-ga-Ike Pond and its Irises

More than 2,000 irises bloom at the start of summer.

  • 208 Hamagawa-machi (inside Hamagawa Athletic Park)
  • 30 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Early to mid-June

9 Futagoyama Tumulus and its Cosmos

The Futagoyama Tumulus area is lively in autumn with visitors coming to see more than 20,000 cosmos in bloom.

  • Hodota-machi
  • 30 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.

Late September to early November

10 Ogushi Katakuri-no-Sato

This parkland beside the highway is covered with dogtooth violets that can be enjoyed up close from the wooden pathway.

  • Ogushi, Yoshii-machi
  • 20 min. walk from Maniwa Sta.

Late March to early April

11 Takasaki City Dye Plant Botanical Garden

The first botanical garden in Japan dedicated to natural dyeing

This is the first botanical garden in Japan where a wide variety of dye plants are collected and preserved. View the dye plants growing wild in the subtropical zone or try your hand at indigo dyeing or other plant-based natural dyeing techniques. Please inquire for workshop schedules. Booking required.

  • 2302-11 Terao-machi
  • 027-328-6808
  • 9:00-16:30 (last entry 16:00), weekends/national holidays during Apr-Aug 9:00-18:00 (last entry 17:30)
  • Entrance to gardens: Free, entrance to museum: Adults ¥100, university/high school students ¥80, free for jr. high school students and younger and people 65 and older *Extra charge for entrance to special exhibitions
  • Mondays (open national holidays), day after national holidays, end-of-year period
  • 30 min. by bus from Takasaki Sta.