60 days in Saitama Prefecture & Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

60 days in Saitama Prefecture & Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

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60 days in Saitama Prefecture & Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Saitama
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Isesaki
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shibukawa
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Minakami-machi
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tsumagoi-mura
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Tomioka
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Higashimatsuyama
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

10
nights
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Attractions like The Railway Museum and Tobu Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Saitama's surroundings by going to Sayama (Sayama Berry Land & Aguresshu Genkimura), Nippon Institute of Technology Museum of Industrial Technology (in Miyashiro-machi) and Gongendo Sakura Tsutsumi (in Satte). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hikawa Shrine, stroll around Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchi Green Center, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Risu no Ie.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saitama trip itinerary maker .

Manila, Philippines to Saitama is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Saitama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in April; daily highs in Saitama reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Isesaki.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokorozawa, Hanno, Kawaguchi, Kawagoe, Sayama
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 13:
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Tobu Zoo ©
Tobu Zoo
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Kawaguchi Green Center ©
Kawaguchi Green Center

8
nights
Isesaki

Isesaki ©
Isesaki is a city located in southern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Kids will enjoy Kezoji Amusement Park and Kiryugaoka Amusement Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Isesaki: Chichibu (Hitsujiyama Park, Mitsumine Shrine, & more), Kiryu (Kiryugaoka Zoo, Ryushin-ji Temple, & more) and Gunma Children's Land (in Ota). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Arima Canyon Fishing Spot, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hodosan Shrine, head outdoors with Kumagaya Sakura Tsutsumi, and identify plant and animal life at Minoyama Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Isesaki trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Saitama to Isesaki takes 2 hours. When traveling from Saitama in April, plan for little chillier days in Isesaki, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Shibukawa.

Things to do in Isesaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichibu, Kiryu, Nagatoro-machi, Fukaya, Gunma Children's Land
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 21:
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Hitsujiyama Park ©
Hitsujiyama Park
Kiryugaoka Zoo ©
Kiryugaoka Zoo
Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks ©
Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks

8
nights
Shibukawa

Shibukawa ©
Often referred to as the "Belly Button of Japan," the city of Shibukawa celebrates its status as the country's geographical center by hosting the Heso Matsuri, or Belly Button Festival.
Kids will enjoy Kusatsu Forest Stage and LunarPark. Change things up with these side-trips from Shibukawa: Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata), Kusatsu-machi (Netsunoyu, Yubatake, & more) and Takasaki (Lake Haruna & Haruna Shrine). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ikaho Stone Steps, take in the awesome beauty at Akagi-yama, let the kids burn off some steam at Gunma Flower Park, and see the interesting displays at Ikaho Toy, Doll and Car Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Shibukawa trip site .

Getting from Isesaki to Shibukawa by car takes about an hour. In April in Shibukawa, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Shibukawa

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Maebashi, Takasaki, Fukiwarenotaki Falls, Akagi-yama
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Fukiwarenotaki Falls ©
Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Lake Haruna ©
Lake Haruna

9
nights
Minakami-machi

Minakami-machi ©
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
Kids will enjoy Kusatsu International Ski Place and Tambara Lavender Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Minakami-machi: Kashozan Ryugein (in Numata), Kusatsu-machi (Yugama, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, & more) and Nakanojo-machi (Chatsubomigoke, Japan's Highest National Highway Point, & more). On the 3rd (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Tanigawadaketenjindaira Ski Area. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, fly down the slopes at Minakami Hodaigi Ski Place, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tanigawa, and trek along Suwakyo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Minakami-machi itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Shibukawa to Minakami-machi takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nakanojo-machi, Kusatsu-machi, Numata, Kichijo-ji Temple, Shigehachi
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 8:
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Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane ©
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tanigawadake Ropeway ©
Tanigawadake Ropeway

7
nights
Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Kids will enjoy Onioshidashi Volcanic Park and Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tsumagoi-mura: Agatsuma Canyon (in Higashiagatsuma-machi), Warabi Flat Forest Park Campsite (in Takasaki) and Naganohara-machi (Asama Otaki Fall, Taiheiyo Club Karuizawa Resort, & more).

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tsumagoi-mura road trip site .

You can drive from Minakami-machi to Tsumagoi-mura in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tomioka.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma Canyon, Warabi Flat Forest Park Campsite, Akaiwa Chiku, Michi-no-Eki Yamba Furusato Kan
Find places to stay May 8 — 15:
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Yamba Dam ©
Yamba Dam
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

8
nights
Tomioka

Tomioka ©
Family-friendly places like Konnyaku Park and Gunma Safari Park will thrill your kids. Explore Tomioka's surroundings by going to Yokoze-machi (Ashigakubo no Hyochu & Terasaka Rice Terraces), Annaka (Lake Usui, Apt Street, & more) and Ogano-machi (No.32 Fudasho Hannyasan Hosho-ji Temple, Marugami Falls, & more).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tomioka trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Tomioka in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Tomioka are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Higashimatsuyama.

Things to do in Tomioka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Annaka, Chichibu, Ogano-machi, Shimonita-machi, Kanra-machi
Find places to stay May 15 — 23:
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Gunma Safari Park ©
Gunma Safari Park
Gunma Natural Museum ©
Gunma Natural Museum
Usui Pass ©
Usui Pass

7
nights
Higashimatsuyama

Higashimatsuyama ©
Kids will enjoy Saitama Children Zoo and Poppy Happy Square. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Higashimatsuyama: Seitenkyu Temple (in Sakado), Tsurugashima Exercise Park (in Tsurugashima) and Kawagoe (Kawagoe Matsuri Kaikan, Kashi Yokocho, & more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Higashimatsuyama online attractions planner .

Getting from Tomioka to Higashimatsuyama by car takes about an hour. In May, daytime highs in Higashimatsuyama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Higashimatsuyama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kawagoe, Hanyu, Namegawa-machi, Ranzan-machi, Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Find places to stay May 23 — 30:
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Saitama Children Zoo ©
Saitama Children Zoo
Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park ©
Omurasaki Golf Club ©
Omurasaki Golf Club