Minakami is a four season hot spring resort town in the northern region of Gunma Prefecture, nestled in the Tanigawa range of mountains, just a 70 minute bullet train ride from Tokyo.
Traditionally Minakami has been famous for its incredible natural scenery, hot Springs and traditional crafts, but over the past decade outdoor adventure activities have become a major part of Minakami’s attractions.
The area boasts 2 national parks including the Joshinetsu National Park, Japan's second largest in area. The awesome Tanigawa Range creates an impressive backdrop for the town and also hosts 2 of the 10 ski areas that dominate in the Winter season.
The hot springs in Minakami are not only well known within Japan but also internationaly. The famous Takaragawa Onsen (hot spring) was voted the No1 hot spring in Japan by international travellers, and for good reason, it boasts the largest outdoor hot pools in Japan, surrounded by traditional Japanese architecture and native bush, all prtected in a hidden mountain valley.
MInakami Tourism Links
Minakami's tourist information site.
Recommended Minakami Food and Restaurants
Just a 5 min walk from Canyons is one of the areas best soba restaurants, freshly made every morning.
Authentic Italian style kiln baked pizzas with a variety of traditional and local flavours. Best pizza in town! (10 mins from Canyons by car)
Japanese restaurant Sansui
Famous for their rice hot pot specials and traditional Japanese mountain flavours. (10 mins from Canyons by car)
Cafe Restaurant Ashima
Oven food is their specialty with the famous Baked Curry being one of the favourites. (10 mins from Canyons by car)
Korean BBQ Arisan
If you love meat then go no further. The best Korean BBQ in Gunma right here in Minakami. (10 mins from Canyons by car)
The Minakami area has a huge range of accommodation to choose from. From traditional Japanese hot spring inns, pensions (B&B), minshuku, camp grounds, lodges and hotels. There is something for everyone. Many of the accommodations offer special packages for accommodation and tours. See the list for Minakami accommodations