I wrote this Maebashi City Travel Guide for those staying a few days day in this small prefectural capital of Gunma.
If you want to experience every day Japan like most Japanese people do, and are tired of the typical stereotyped images of Japan such as Geishas, Ninjas, gleaming Skyscrapers or even Giant Gundams, then this travel guide is for you. This area has one of the highest car owning populations of all of Japan so it’s easier to get around if you have access to a car.
¥2,000 per person
Luna Park is a mini attraction park catering for children aged 4-10. It has a retro feel with old fashioned rides and amusements. Therefore families from all over Japan come to visit and revel in its retro atmosphere. Tickets for each ride are needed but can be bought as a book and are not expensive. Cost: ¥1,000
A visit to Gunma`s tallest building, the Prefectural Government City skyscraper. Head to the top floor to enjoy fab views of the surrounding city and countryside, and check out the famous mountains in the distance. Above all, from up high you can appreciate how it towers above everything. Before heading down check out the diorama and small tourist information center on ideas on where to go. Cost: Free
Situated in Maebashi Park, visit Rinkokaku, a historic grand building. Its main building was built as a guesthouse in September 1897 with the tea room completed in November 1897. The building is now used as a museum and for exhibitions. As a result, it has also been used as a filming set for historical dramas. Cost: Free
You are spoilt for Japanese restaurants here in Maebashi with plenty of choices, catering to all tastes. Gunma people love their meat and love big portions, with minimum cost. So picking a Japanese restaurant is a tough choice, certainly if you like your ramen, then Chicken Ramen Shokaku by Gunma University is the one to go for. Popular with students and locals alike, this restaurant is quick service, cheap and tasty, quick in and quick out. To sum up, I would recommend the Char Sui pork ramen, loads of chunky pork, big noodles and not too much soup! Location (Google)
In Japan, many restaurants serve Japanese-western style food. Often accompanied by rice, miso soup and pickles, with a Japanese twist. Open on certain days, Grill Sango is a faded Showa era restaurant offering an authentic home-cooked meal. The owners are a retired elderly couple, but they cook hearty western meals pretty much all under 1,000 yen. My wife loves Hamburg (cooked minced meat formed into a patty with demiglace sauce), while I love the deep-fried Porkchop and my son loves the Chicken. Also, all meals come with salad, fruit, a coffee for adults, and juice for the kids. Handy tip: take along your mobile and use google translate to check out the menu, and be patient if it’s busy. Location (Google)
Local writer: Nick Harrison
Originally from London in the UK, Nick moved to Japan in 2008. He lives in Tochigi city with his Japanese wife and 4year old son. Also Nick enjoys watching movies from all genres, checking out new attractions and places with his family and meeting new people. In addition when he is not working he enjoys travelling around Japan and looking for the next fun thing to share about Japan with the world.
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