What to do and see in Shibukawa, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 16, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Shibukawa is a city in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 78,178, and a population density of 325 persons per km². Its total area is 240.27 square kilometres.
Restaurants in Shibukawa

214 Ikahomachi-Mizusawa, Shibukawa 377-0103, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-72-3619
Excellent
16%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 135 reviews

Mizusawaji

Reviewed By ROLIVE1

Shinkansen from Tokyo to Takasaki. Local JR from Takasaki to Shibukawa. Local bus from Shibukawa station to Ikaho bus terminal. Local bus from Ikaho to Mizusawa or 30mins (3km) walk.
If traveling by public transport, do this as early as possible and make time for something else for the day. Don't forget to ring the bell and hit up the famous Mizusawa udon!

2. Ikaho Toy, Doll and Car Museum

2145 Kaminoda, Yoshioka-machi, Kitagunma-gun 370-3606, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-55-5020
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Ikaho Toy, Doll and Car Museum

Reviewed By Anthony W - Hong Kong, China

Spent an enjoyable morning here with the family drooling over the museum grade classic Japanese cars. This was the second time I had the opportunity to see a Toyota 2000GT (my favorite Japanese car of all time) in the metal, which was in way better condition than the 2 x 2000 GTs I saw in Toyota Mega Web about 6 years ago.
Apart from that highlight, I also came face to face with most of the classic Japanese cars on my "wish" list, which were again all in museum grade condition.
What really impressed me was that apparently some of the cars had undergone a full ground-up restoration, judging form the "before" and "after" photos displayed as part of the exhibits.
The only non-Japanese car in the collection was a Ferrari F40, which unlike the other cars, was housed separately in a glass display on the roof of the building, which I found rather strange...

3. Haruna Shrine

849 Harunasanmachi, Takasaki 370-3341, Gunma Prefecture +81 27-374-9050
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Haruna Shrine

Reviewed By PinkJamie - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Haruna Shrine is nestled in the Mountains. Unfortunately we visited in January and it was very crowded. There were lines of cars from both roads leading into the shrine and very little parking. They were sending 5 people at a time to pray because there was even a line up to the shrine itself. However, the atmosphere remained peaceful and I left with good fortune.

4. Chikyuya Haruna

1-1 Uenohara, Shinto-mura, Kitagunma-gun 370-3505, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-20-5536
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Chikyuya Haruna

Reviewed By めのまえ - さいたま市, 日本

巨大つるし雛で有名なところです。店に入るといきなりつるし雛で、迫力に圧倒されます。見るのは無料です。お店としては、マニアックなものが売ってます。

5. Ikaho Stone Step Street

58 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa 377-0102, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-72-2611
Excellent
14%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 481 reviews

Ikaho Stone Step Street

Reviewed By ReikoRing - Los Angeles, California

Is place has 400 years of history and has a great noodle shop close to the top with a classic old japanese style. Don't go here on the weekdays because Amosa of the shops and restaurants are closed. The weekend is best.

6. Michi-no-Eki Yoshioka Onsen

2004 Urushibara, Yoshiokamachi, Yoshioka-machi, Kitagunma-gun 370-3601, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-54-1221
Excellent
15%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Yoshioka Onsen

Reviewed By tatsumi93 - Tokyo, Japan

道の駅の足湯もいいけど、ここの本格的な温泉は入浴だけを目的にドライブしてくる価値は十分です。野菜の直売も楽しみにしていたのですが、入浴中に目当ての作物が完売してしまっており残念でした。次回は先に買物してから入浴します。

7. Kajikabashi

Ikaho,Ikahocho, Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-72-3151
Excellent
13%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 146 reviews

Kajikabashi

Reviewed By Jasonmoofang - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A simple red bridge abundantly flanked by japanese maple leaves. This is an autumn leaf spot and in the right season it is indeed quite beautiful. It is however fairly out of the way, something like a 10-15 minute walk from Ikaho Shrine at the top of the stone steps. Quite an investment for a simple bridge, even if it is a beautiful one. It is also accessible by car. Around the time the leaves start turning in autumn, the bridge is lit up at night to allow viewing after dark.

8. Gunma Maitake Center

1329-435 Oazaueno, Kitano, Yoshioka-machi, Kitagunma-gun 370-3606, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-54-8976
Excellent
28%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Gunma Maitake Center

Reviewed By tatsumi93 - Tokyo, Japan

きのこ類は味つけて瓶詰めしたり冷凍したり、干したりと保存方法は沢山あるので大量目に買い込みました。ただ、遠いのでわざわざ来るのはよそうと思う。通販で十分です。

9. Hara Museum Arc

2855-1 Kanai, Shibukawa 77-0027, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-24-6585
Excellent
40%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Hara Museum Arc

Reviewed By Daylan C - Yokohama, Japan

Impressive architecture spread out over a very serene environment. This contemporary art museum focuses on contemporary art, with rotating exhibits in three separate but relatively small exhibition rooms. I felt the museum's strongest section was the "Kankai Pavillion" however, where there is a small yet varied collection of excellent Japanese art spanning a few centuries. Outside on the lawn there is a metal structure where, if the sun is shining, apparently casts rainbows throughout the interior (unfortuantely it was raining when we visited). I would recommend visiting soon after opening time, we did so and had the place completely to ourselves.
The museum is relatively small, and will likely take about an hour of your time, or two if you decide to stroll the grounds leisurely.

10. Michi-no-Eki Komochi

2318-1 Shiroi, Shibukawa 377-0204, Gunma Prefecture +81 279-60-6600
Excellent
16%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Komochi

Reviewed By akio9jp - Narita, Japan

城下町として栄えた白井宿をイメージした城郭風の建物で、和風の落ち着いた雰囲気です。農産物直売所では、渋川市特産のコンニャクや加工品、山菜や野菜などが豊富に販売されていました。休憩スペースも広くて快適でした。近くには温泉施設「白井温泉こもちの湯」があるのでセットで楽しむのも良いです。

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