Shinto village is located at the foot of the eastern face of Mt. Haruna (榛名山). The village was named after its location. The name Shinto/榛東in Chinese characters, refers to the eastern face of Mt. Haruna. One of the unique characteristics of this village is the Shinto-mura Museum of Earrings which exhibits clay earrings from the Jomo period (3,000 years ago) excavated from the Kayano ruins, along with earrings from all over the world. Shinto-mura is also known for being the base of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 12th brigade. In January 2012, the base exhibited their equipments and served free tonjiru/miso soup with pork and vegetables for citizens during Gunma's Risk Management Fair at the Gunma Prefectural Government building. The statistics show that 90% of Japanese people have a positive impression of the Self-Defense Force after their outstanding efforts in the disaster area. Please click here to see their video.
Shinto-mura's best feature is that people can buy delicious local specialties and have a one-of-a-kind experience in great nature. Also, the village is easy to access because it is located almost at the center of Gunma Prefecture. The most famous local product of Shinto village is grapes which come into season in summer and autumn. During this season, pick-your-own grape parks are packed with many visitors and there will be fruit stands on the side of the roads offering fresh grapes that came direcly from the local vineyards. The Shinto winery produces great wine with the tasteful grapes and locally grown plums. Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting and tour of the facility (Reservation only). At Shinto Furusato Yume Kobo, people enjoy making their own ham and sausages with no preservatives or artificial colors added. Here in Shinto village, people also enjoy art. Haruna Glass Factory offers different types of workshops. Visitors can try their hand at making flower vases to simpler glass crafts such as sandblasting and bitts glass mosaics. At Usaburo Kokeshi studio, visitors can paint and decorate on their own kokeshi dolls. At night, from any place in Shinto village, people can view the town lights of Shibukawa, Maebashi and Takasaki.