Gunma Prefecture, located adjacent to the Tokyo metropolitan area, offers beautiful nature of four seasons in the immediate surrounds, such as mountains, lakes, highlands, rivers and forests. It is also known for its difference in height exceeding 2,500 meters from the Kanto Plain, located 13 meters above the sea level, to Mount Nikko Shirane standing at 2,785 meters high.
Popular spots include, Mount Tanigawa, the mecca for mountain climbing, Fukiware Falls, known as Niagara Falls of the east where melted snow water splashing down the falls, Tsutsujigaoka Park (Hanayama Park), known as a major viewing spot for beautiful azaleas, Oze marshlands, the largest marshland on Honshu, where more than 900 types of flowers grow attracting many mountain climbers, the cabbage patch in Tsumagoi boasting a vast extent of land in the backdrop of Mount Asama, Mount Myogi in which enjoys its reputation as one of the three most mysterious mountain in Japan and also well known for the contrast of its rocks weathered into fantastic forms and beautiful colored leaves and ski resorts offering the enjoyment of good quality snow and magnificent views of nature, just to name a few.
Join us in Gunma to enjoy, see and experience the treasure found in the distinctive nature!
Opened in August 2007, Oze National Park was used to be a part of the Nikko National Park (established in 1934) and detached to be given the status of a new park after including Mount Aizu Komagatake and Mount Tashiro. The park extends through Gunma, Fukushima, Tochigi and Niigata and the Oze Marshland, Ozenuma pond and the summit of Mount Hiuchigatake in particular are designated as Special National Treasures.
Located 1,400 meters above the sea level, the ecological system found mainly in the Oze Marshland boasts its valuable nature achieving a delicate balance academically and it is also noted for the largest of its kind on Honshu (approx. 650 hectares). In addition, the upper part of Mount Shibutsu located in the west of the Oze Marshland contains rich ultrabasic serpentine, making it a habitat for Ozeso bearing the name of Oze after it was found for the first time on Mt. Shibutsu, Leontopodium fauriei var. angustifolium, Arenaria katoana Makino and other rare species of plants unique to the serpentine area.
- Park Area: 37,200 hectares (17,657 hectares in Gunma)
- Park Municipality: Katashina-mura
The 100 Famous Mountains of Gunma
Gunma Prefecture is positioned roughly in the center of Honshu and nearly 85 percent of the total area is mountainous. There are Mount Akagi, Mount Haruna and Mount Myogi, known as the "Three Mountains of Jomo", as well as Mount Tanigawa and Mount Asama listed in the 100 famous mountains in Japan.
The 100 Famous Mountains of Gunma is as a participatory project for residents of the prefecture promoted as part of cultural creation project in the 21st century. In 2003, the selection process was completed for 100 mountains and in three years, 6,528 people in and outside the prefecture sent a total of 15,264 recommendations.
Natural Park is the general name of Japan's famous natural scenic sites designated by the Minister of the Environment, natural parks and quasi-national parks eligible for such areas and a prefectural natural park designated by prefectural governments.
Natural parks offer (a) excellent natural scenic sites as the natural habitat for many wild animals and plants, (b) a place of fulfillment and relaxation that cannot be experienced in daily lives and (c) a suitable area for outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, camping, nature exploration and nature observation.
In Gunma Prefecture, there are three national parks including Nikko National Park, Joshinetsu Kogen National Park and Oze National Park, as well as Myogi Arafune Saku Kogen Quasi-National Park.
In addition, although no prefectural natural park is existed in Gunma, there are Prefectural Akagi Park, Prefectural Haruna Park, Prefectural Myogi Park and Prefectural Tsutsujigaoka Park, which have similar characteristics of natural parks.
Gunma's engagement with the environmental conservation
"Take Home Your Own Trash" Campaign
Did you know that the "Take Home Your Own Trash" campaign started in Oze? The project was initially started in 1972 and spread throughout the nation. Although this campaign promotes people to take home their own trash all year round, in June, there is also a campaign to distribute trash bags and remind people to observe the "Take Home Your Own Trash" campaign.
We encourage everyone to observe good manners and enjoy the beautiful nature.
"Industry Participation Forest Restoration" Project
Gunma Prefecture is striving to promote the "Industry Participation Forest Restoration" project with the aim to conserve and develop forests to restore the lush greenery and nature by bridging the forest owners, who have difficulty in maintaining their forests on their own, on the participation of companies and groups who are interested in restoring forests as social contributions.
The forest restoration activities conduct tree planting, cutting grass and thinning as part of training programs for company employees, activities related to the welfare of families, promotional events inviting customers, community activities and much more. There is also a certification system for those participated in the forest restoration activities using the amount of carbon dioxide absorption as a certification.