Gunma-no-mori (Prefectural Forest Park)

Gunma-no-mori (Prefectural Forest Park)

Also located on the premises are The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The HistoricalMuseum, Gunma.  The Modern Art Museum uses natural lighting to accentuate the beauty of the collection via a uniquely-shaped ceiling and the exhibition layout they’ve created.  The collection includes Chagall, Picasso, and Renoir.  The Historical Museum was established in 1979 and attracts visitors who want to know about the life of Gunma from the Stone Age all the way up to the present age.

Of the 4,100 trees in Gunma-no-mori, 40% are Quercus myrsinaefolia aka marronnier in Japan.  Trees of 20m or higher with a radius of 1m and a circumference of 3m or larger are defined as giant trees.  The park has 22 giant trees, which are between 200 and 400 years old.  Extending to 1km from the east to the west ends and 250m from the north to the south ends is a large lawn garden, which features a park equipped with playground equipment, as well as a bicycle path.  You can enjoy the atmosphere regardless of who you go with or in what season.  In September and October, however, you can admire the autumn foliage, and your children would love picking up walnuts, horse chestnuts, and acorns.

Last August, the author went to the historical museum with some friends from junior high-school.  The permanent exhibition was about the history of Gunma, and we were totally immersed in the world of Gunma past and present and went right back to the time when we were still 13 and not ready for the world had to offer.

For specific articles on display, please visit and witness them yourself.  It would probably be more fun if you can bring along someone who is well-versed in the history of Gunma.  Admission is reasonable:  200 yen for adults and 100 yen for college & high-school students.  Please note that different fees are set for impermanent exhibitions.  Free admission is offered to all citizens of Gunma on Gunma Citizens Day, which is October 28.  Why not visit there on a cool autumn afternoon?


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