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From past to present, Gunma has served as a hub for transportation connecting the politics and cultures of eastern and western Japan. It can date back to an old Japanese geographical region called Tosando during the Nara Period in ancient times. Later in the Edo Period, many roads and side streets such as Nakasendo were developed across the length and breadth of Gunma and many people traveled and products were circulated from Edo, Ohu, Echigo, Hokuriku and Kamigata, and the areas along the road flourished as a post town. Even now, Shiroishuku (current Shibukawa-shi) and Sukawajuku (current Minakami-machi) show signs of the quaint atmosphere.

Even today, Gunma is a hub for transportation that links the Kanto region and areas in Shinetsu. After the opening of Kita-Kanto Expressway in March 2011, the joint cross of expressways was finally completed including the Kan-Etsu Expressway running from north to south and Joshinetsu Expressway and Kita-Kanto Expressway running from west to east. As the result, it is expected to bear a major role as a transportation hub connecting the Japan Sea with the Pacific Ocean and the Tohoku region with the Chukyo and Kansai regions. Also, the Joetsu Shinkansen and Nagano Shinkansen have been opened in Gunma and the high-speed road systems of Gunma enjoy its privileged environment. These infrastructures play a significant role in the transportation of people and logistics.
On the other hand, a number of unique railroads and roads attracting fans can be found in Gunma. We hope you take advantage of Gunma's train system and roads to enjoy the vast nature and attractive sceneries of Gunma.

▼Gunma's railroads attract many devoted fans▼

In addition to major railroads such as JR lines and Tobu line, Gunma has three distinctive private railroads rooted in local communities that are used in everyday life.
Established in 1895, Joshin Railroad holds over 100 years of history. It deepens the linkage with the Tomioka Silk Mill toward the registration of a World Heritage Site, along with the operation of the electric locomotive (deki) purchased from Germany in 1924 and the wrap advertising of the Galaxy Express 999. Jomo Electric Railroad houses train cars (deha 101, 104) and architectural structure used around the time when it opened in 1928. The architectural structure attracts lots of attention as the Registered Tangible Cultural Properties and the train cars are popular as the Japan's oldest moving train. Watarase Keikoku Railway operates trolley train as a sightseeing train overlooking the Watarase Valley and it has been appreciated by many tourists visiting Gunma. To respond to the popularity of the trolley train, it is gearing up to attract more tourists by newly building self-propelled trolley. In the attempt, JR lines also operate two special SL trains (D51 and C61).
Why not come to Gunma and touch the charms of Gunma's railroads.

▼Enjoyable roads of Gunma▼

Gunma also boasts a lot of roads that offer great enjoyment. To name a few, there are 22 routes of cycling roads (as of March 2011) where people can ride a bike enjoying wonderful nature such as the sound of a rushing river, ten musical roads called "Gunma melody line" (as of march 2011) which when a car makes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmits through the wheels into the car body in the form of a musical tune, twenty-seven roadside stations called "Michi no eki" (as of March 2011) that offers a rest area for drivers and an array of local services and sightseeing routes called "Asama, Shirone, Shiga Sawayaka Kaido" that offer many attractive sceneries and sightseeing spots.
The Tone River Cycling Road in particular is the longest cycle path along the river in Japan with its distance of approximately 170 kilometers from Shibukawa to the Tokyo Disney Resort, including the one managed by the Saitama Prefecture.