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This month's folk festivals

International Festivals in Gunma

In this month, there are many international festivals in many areas of Gunma. We hope you enjoy meeting people from different countries and experienceing diverse cultures!

Isesaki International Exchange Festival

Isesaki International Exchange Festival

There will be food stalls from different countries, Japanese traditional entertainment, and booths to introduce different cultures from all over the world. This event is designed for the Japanese citizens of Isesaki and foreign residents to gain a better understanding of each other. GTIA will have a booth.
Come and see us!

When Oct. 16(Sun)
Where Hashie-numa Kankyo Fureai Koen (Isesaki-shi Hashie-machi)
Contact 0270-24-5111

Tatebayashi International Festival

This annual international festival provides an opportunity for you to enjoy foods and performances from different countries in an open field. Enjoy!

When Oct. 23(Sun) 10:00 - 15:00
Where Tatebayashi City Hall Higashi Hiroba MAP
Contact 0276-72-4111

The 4th International Exchange Cafe in Tamamura (PDF/223KB)

This event not only offers international foods and performances but also provides an opportunity to experience Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy!

When Oct. 23(Sun) 10:00 - 14:00
Where Tamamura-machi Kinrou-sha Center (227-1 Oji-shimo-shinden Tamamura-machi Sawa-gun) MAP
Contact 0270-65-2511

Other Events

Maebashi Matsuri/Festival

Maebashi Matsuri/Festival

Maebashi Festival is one of the biggest events in Maebashi. The portable shrine and Gion float are proceded wtih a group of "Danbe dancers". After the traditional performance, there will be a parade of local bands' performing a variety of music.

When Oct. 8 (Sat) - Oct. 9 (Sun)
Where Maebashi main shopping street MAP
Contact 027-234-5108

Oiwa Flower Garden's Sunflowers

On the premise of Oiwa flower garden, there are more than 600,000 sunflowers blooming until the middle of October. This is one of the largest sunflower fields in the Kanto region.  After seeing the beautiful sunflowers, you can stop by Nakanojo for hot spring and good food!

When October  9:00 - 17:00
Where Oiwa Flower Garden MAP
Fees Children 250 yen, Adults 500 yen
Contact 0279-66-2252

Illumination of colored leaves on the Kajikabashi

Illumination of colored leaves on the Kajikabashi

Kajikabashi is where you can enjoy an unique view of the colored leaves and the classical vermillion-colored lacquered arch bridge. Maples, saw tooth oaks, lacquer trees, and the leaves of many other trees turn to red, gold and yellow. These colored leaves and the bridge are illuminated to create a breathtaking view. I personally went to this site last year and loved it. Do not forget to bring your coat because it gets quite chilly in Ikaho around this time.

For more Ikaho information, click here.

Click here to see a video of Kajika-bashi

When mid October till the end of November 16:30 - 22:30
Where Kajikabashi Bridge near the springhead of Ikaho Onsen
(541-1 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa-shi) MAP TO IKAHO
Note that the illuminations may be cancelled without notice due to weather conditions.
Contact 0279-72-3151

Gunma Citizen's Day

The 28th of October is Gunma Citizen's Day. Free admissions to prefectural-run facilities and other benefits will be offered to Gunma citizens not just on this day but over the period of two months from October to November. See the PDF below for the list of events/services for Gunma Citizen's Day.


When Between Oct. 1 (Fri.) and Nov. 30 (Tue.)
Where Facilities throughout Gunma-prefecture
Contact 027-226-2262