Highlights of Akagi area
Akagi area (赤城) consists of seven mountains of unspoiled nature and a crater lake in the center of Gunma Prefecture north of Tokyo.
Located one hour’s drive from the center of Maebashi city (前橋市) and Kiryu city (桐生市), it is a great getaway from Tokyo and full with nature activities such as hiking, cycling, camping and fishing all year round. The dry clear sky in the winter also makes it an ideal place for watching the beautiful stars.
During May and September there are also many different types to of highland flowers to discover.
There are buses, but for easy access driving is recommended. Why not rent-a-car and include a visit the several hot springs and activities down each side of the mountains?
Things to DO
Mount Akagi (a collection of several mountains in Akagi area) has many different hiking trails to match your level. Some are available for beginners, and some are for the more advanced.
Akagi offers cool e-bikes for light cycling as well as sport type e-bikes to rent between mid April to the end o of November. Visitors can hire bikes at the Akagi Koen Visitor Center (Map) from a minimum of 2 hours or book a cycling tour with a guide and explore the nearby mountains.
Akagi has the best Wakasugi Fishing in Japan! In the summer you can fish Wakasagi by boat and in the winter you can fish them by drilling a holes in the iced lake and dropping a small fishing rod into the water!
Watarase Keikoku Railway is a popular railway that carries tourist up through the valleys towards Ashio. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from the windows of the train especially during the Autumn season.
Driving on 'Initial D' Roads
For fans of the car racing anime ‘Initial D‘ driving up the road to the Akagi mountains is a dream come true.
Akagi was home to Akagi RedSuns and you can drive up the road in the stories. (read external site)
Tonoike Sake Brewery
Yoshimura Straberry Park
Places to EAT
One of Akagi area’s speciality is pork. Hayashi Pork Farm offers high quality local pork and runs Ton Ton Hiroba a local pork restaurant which offers great Tonkatsu!
There are a few nice family run cafes and restaurants that offer homemade pasta, pizza and curry. Try Trekker’s Cafe by Lake Onuma is one of them.
Enjoy a BBQ!
Akagi has many camping sites with BBQ areas as well as local shops/indoor markets where you can buy fresh local vegetables and meat produce. Why not select some ingredients from the shops and have a fun BBQ!
A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.
Places to STAY
Camping is a popular activity in Akagi and there are many Camping sites such as these.
- SUBARU Fureainomori Akagi
- Kamp Bouken Nakama
- Riheichaya Shinrin Koen
- Akagi Auto Camp Jyo
- Akagi Bible Camp
- Hanamigahara Sjhinrin Koen Camp site
Ryokan (Japanese style)
Aoki Ryokan on the shores of Oonuma lake and there are several other onsen ryokans (Japanese style inns with hot springs) in the Akagi Onsen district about half-an-hour drive from Lake Onuma.