Mt. Haruna, 1,449m above sea level, is one of the three well-known mountains called ‘Jomo Sanzan (Three Mountains),’ consisting of Haruna-Fuji, Jagatake, Kamongatake, Eboshigatake and Tenmokuzan. Nestled with these beautiful mountains is Lake Haruna, approximately 1,100m above sea level. Lake Haruna and Haruna-Fuji make a beautiful contrast to each other combined with the brilliant tones of nature of every season, which have attracted numerous tourists.
In spring especially around Golden Week (the end of April to the beginning of May), when flowers and trees all begin to burgeon, people gather around Lake Haruna for camping and sports. From spring through fall, people visit Lake Haruna to enjoy boat-rides, hikes, cycling, camping, fishing and so on, and pond-smelt fishing in winter. The brilliant illumination along the lake is an event nobody should miss during winter. Haruna Kogen Heights is covered with azaleas, irises, gypsy roses, bellflowers and etc. not to mention Yusuge lilies representing Mt. Haruna from spring through fall.
Have you ever seen fireflies? They are truly admired by the Japanese for the fragile beauty of their glimmer. Visit Haruna Lake on a summer night. The fantastic world of their flickering lights at night will take your breath away. Once winter sets in, the Illumination Festa takes place to attract visitors with the breathtaking beauty of the illuminations along the lake.
The Haruna area is also known as the biggest fruit production district in the prefecture boasting the largest output of plums in eastern Japan, as well as other products such as peaches and pears.
Come and visit Mt. Haruna and its nearby areas anytime throughout the year since they will never fail to entertain you with their beauty and charms.
By Car: Shibukawa Ikaho IC, Kan-etsu Expswy → Rt.17 → Kendo Road #33 (20km, 40min)
By Bus: JR Takasaki Stn → A 1½hr Gunma Bus ride bound for Haruna-Ko to the last stop