Numata City is a small city surrounded by beautiful mountains 2 hours north of Tokyo.
It is known for its giant Tengu masks and the history of when it was ruled by the famous Sanada clan 400 years ago. It is also home to Fukiware falls and Tanbara lavender park as well as Tambara ski park which is a ski resort popular with families and beginners. Numata also has many camping sites and an Onsen (Hot spring) district called Oigami Onsen.
In August, there is a popular festival called ‘Numata festival’ where the TENGU masks parade through the city (click to read the festival guide we created here), and in September people come from far to see the amazing Fireworks (click to read the fireworks guide we created here).
The easiest way to visit Numata city from Tokyo is by train or car. By train, take the Shinkansen to Jyomokogen and take a bus to Numata city or take a Shinkansen to Takasaki and change to JR Jyoetsu Line via Shin-Maebashi station and get off at Numata station. By car, Numata city is approximately 10 minutes from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.
From Tokyo to Katsuta Station.
There are a wide range of Japanese restaurants in Numata city. One speciality of Numata is ‘Tonkatsu’ which uses local pork. On route 120 towards Nikko you can find many Tonkatsu restaurants to choose from.
Numata city is a fairly large town and has a variety of western style restaurants from family restaurants (budget restaurants), cafes, and high-end cuisine.
There is no shortages of fresh fruits in Numata!
Starting from Strawberries (Nov-May), the Numata’s fruit season continues on to Cherries (June), Blueberries (July), Plums (August), Nectarines (Aug – Sep), Prunes (August), Peaches (mid Aug-mid Sep), Grapes (Sep-Oct), Apples (Sep-Nov) and Kaki/Persimmon (Nov).
There are western style hotels and business hotels in the centre of Numata city.
Many pensions (family-run small western style accommodations) can also be found in Tambara area near the lavender park / ski park.
Oigami Onsen area (老神温泉) has many types of ryokans with hot springs.
Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.