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Hirosegawa (Hirose River)

The Hirosegawa (Hirose River) flowing through the city has been a city symbol described by the great poet Sakutaro Hagiwara in his poems. The pavement is well laid out so that people can enjoy walking along the river. There are cafes and restaurants nearby.

[1] Maebashi Bungakukan
(Maebashi City Museum of Literature) 【前橋文学館】

Sakutaro Hagiwara, one of the greatest poets in the history of Japanese modern poetry, was born in Maebashi. Therefore, this museum holds many of his works as well as those of other important poets and writers, such as Saisei Muro, Shinpei Kusano and Hakushu Kitahara.

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays, in the beginning and end of the year, usually from January 1st to January 3rd, and December 29th to December 31st.
Admission Fee: 100 yen


[2] Hirosegawa Museum 【広瀬川美術館】

The museum was registered as the first national tangible cultural building after World War II. It used be the studio of the painter Yoshio Kondo and was opened in 1997 as a museum. You can listen to LP vinyl records on the phonograph as well.

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Admission Fee: 1,000 yen with a drink.


[3] Dairenji (Dairen Temple) 【大蓮寺】

This is a Jodo Shinshu temple, which was built in 1505 in Yanagihara but, as a result of the flood of the Tone River, it was moved to Chiyoda-machi.  In the garden, there is an interesting cave that makes a beautiful sound like a koto (a Japanese traditional musical instrument) when water drops into it.

The town built in front of the temple is now called Benten-dori (Benten Street), along which a shopping district has been developed.


Four Seasons

The cherry trees are planted throughout Maebashi City Museum of Literature and the Products Museum. They are illuminated along the river to highlight the cherry blossoms in the spring.