If you’d like to go on a shopping spree in Gunma, no place would be better than Takasaki. It has major department stores, Takashima-ya, Suzuran and VIVRE in the downtown area as well as many restaurants and boutiques. There also are big home appliance stores, LABI 1 Takasaki, right next to the station, and Bic Camera on the east side. In the suburb, a huge shopping mall, Aeon Shopping Center, offers you a variety of shopping fun.
If you’d like to visit sight-seeing or cultural sites, Takasaki Byakui Kannon – the God of Mercy - stands for you on the top of Mt. Kannon as a symbol of the City. When spring comes, thousands of cherry trees allure countless visitors to admire the breathtaking view, day and night. On the way to the Kannon, you may want to stop over in the Kannon-yama Family Park, where many families enjoy a lot of activities. On the east side of the downtown, a huge park aka Gunma-no-Mori spreads for families and lovers, with the Prefectural Modern Museum and the Museum of History in it. Even in the downtown area, you can visit as many as three museums, Prefectural Modern Museum, Takasaki Museum of Art and Takasaki Tower Museum of Art.
Once winter comes, many places are decorated with a lot of colorful illumination to entice visitors. Takasaki Pageant of Light and Lake Haruna Illumination Festa are two major illumination sites to give a poetic touch to a winter night.
Daruma dolls are one of the most famous products of Takasaki. Shorinzan Temple is well known for its annual Daruma Market held on January 6th and 7th. See “Seasonal Fun” for more details about Daruma dolls.
Citizens hold Ninjo-ichi Market on every 4th Sunday to attract a large turnout to enjoy stalls and flea markets.