In this month’s newsletter, we are featuring ‘Maebashi City’ in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
Central Maebashi is quickly becoming known as the city of art. Not only are museums (Arts Maebashi), galleries (Maebashi Galleria), and art hotels (Shiroiya Hotel) popping up, but art pieces and beautiful architecture is being created in places like old shopping arcades and even backstreet toilets.
30 min north is Mout Akagi, which is heaven for nature lovers. Visitors can trek the trails, hire bicycles, or even go Wakasagi fishing by drilling holes through the frozen lake in the winter!
This month we went to Maebashi City’s Tourism Office for a friendly chat with Hashiura Masakazu san, to learn everything about this very lively city.
He shared with us what Maebashi is famous for, including the best spots to visit, what to taste, its famous festival, and what to buy as souvenirs.
I’m someone who is prepared to travel for art. In the past year, I’ve found myself hopping between installations on Naoshima, Teshima and Shodoshima, wandering around art museums in Porto and Lisbon, and posing with street art in Amman and Singapore. Staying in an artwork, however, is quite a different prospect and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
Shiroiya Hotel opened in 2020 in Maebashi, a small town in Gunma prefecture that lies about a couple of hours north of Tokyo. A former ryokan which operated for more than 300 years, its latest reincarnation is a mix of intriguing architecture and art where no two guest rooms are the same…
Akagi Nanmen Senbonzakura, is one of the 100 Best Sakura Viewing Points in Japan with over 1,000 cherry trees on the slopes of Mt. Akagi.