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Shikishima Koen Course(In the Spring and the Summer)

Shikishima Koen (Shikishima Park) is a symbol of Maebashi City. Within the park, we can find one of the biggest pine forests in Japan, and there are many areas to enjoy the history of Gunma, its culture, and natural beauty.

[1] The Sericulture (Silk Fabric Culture) Memorial Museum

This building was constructed in 1912 and used as the office of the Sericulture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries until 1980. In the following year 1981, it was registered as an important prefectural cultural property. After the registration, it was relocated to Shikishima Koen (Shikishima Park).

Hours: 9:00 to 16:00.
Open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from April 1st to May 15th, and from June 8th to October 9th. Open everyday from May 16th to June 7th and from October 10th to November 3rd. Closed from December 1st to March 31.
Admission Fee: Free


[2] Shikishima Park 【敷島公園】

Shikishima Park is famous for its more than 2,700 pine trees. Inside the park, there are Sakutaro Hagiwara Memorial Hall, the Sericulture (Silk Fabric Culture) Memorial Museum, some traditional Japanese gardens as well as general areas of interest. In a large picturesque pond in the park, people can enjoy rowing small boats shaped like swans. Six hundred varieties of roses in 7,000 plants are a delight to the eye in the Rose Garden.


[3] Sakutaro Hagiwara Memorial Hall 【萩原朔太郎記念館】

This great poet, Sakutaro Hagiwara, was born and raised here in Maebashi City. The house where he was born and lived until 1919 was originally located in the center of the city and survived through World War II. Later, the living room, the study and the old-fashioned Japanese storehouse were relocated to Shikishima Park. Inside the storehouse some of the poet’s own hand-written poems and explanations of his work are exhibited.

Hours: 9:00 to 16:00.
Closed in the beginning and end of the year, usually from January 1st to January 3rd and from December 29th to 31st.
Admission Fee: Free


[4] The Museum of Water Supply 【水道資料館】

The building was constructed in 1929 and used as the administration office of the municipal water supply.  Now, as a museum, we can lean about the history of the water supply in Gunma as well as see an exhibition of the process of purifying water. The building and the tank behind it are registered as national tangible cultural properties. The garden holds about 400 azaleas and opens to the public from May 3rd to May 5th.



Four Seasons

There is a rose garden inside Shikishima Park. The garden has six hundred varieties of roses with more than 7,000 plants. The best seasons for viewing are from May to June, and from October to November.
For more information about the roses, please contact the office.