Shimonita Journey

World Heritage

Arafune Cold Storage

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World Heritage

Arafune Cold Storage, near Mt. Arafune in southwestern Gunma Prefecture, is an example of the use ...

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The Blessings of the Earth

Shimonita Geopark

Blessing of Earth
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The unusual geology of the Shimonita area is the result of its location at the northeast end of a ma...

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Mt. Myogi

Blessing of Earth
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Mt. Myogi is a conglomeration of peaks, the remains of a volcano believed to have last erupted more ...

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Kozu Farm

Blessing of Earth
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Kozu Farm is one of the oldest Western-style dairy farms in Japan. Its some 400 hectares are located...

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Shimonita Hydrangea Garden

Blessing of Earth
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The Shimonita Hydrangea Garden is a three-hectare hillside park in the Kanra District that contains ...

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Industrial heritage

Nakaosaka Iron Mine and Ironworks

Industrial Heritage
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Mining began at Nakaosaka Iron Mine, just north of Shimonita, in the 1840s, making it one of Japan’s...

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History & Culture

Suwa Shrine

History & Culture
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The principal shrine of Shimonita is Suwa-jinja Shinto shrine. While the exact age of the shrine is ...

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The Battle of Shimonita

History & Culture
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The Battle of Shimonita, fought on November 16, 1864, was a skirmish between troops sent by the shog...

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Food Culture

Shimonita-Negi

Food Culture
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One of Shimonita’s best-known agricultural specialties is Shimonita-negi, a type of Japanese long on...

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Konnyaku

Food Culture
Shimonita Journey

Shimonita is widely regarded as the konnyaku capital of Japan. Konnyaku is a gelatinous food process...

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Mulberry Leaves

Food Culture
Shimonita Journey

Raising silkworms was a major cottage industry in Gunma Prefecture, including in and around Shimonit...

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