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Omuro Koen (Omuro Park)

Address:
Nishi-Omuro-machi, Maebashi, Gunma 371-2104 Japan

Telephone:
+81-27-268-4910

Parking:
Available up to 530 cars.

Omuro Park is located at the foot of Mt. Akagi. Inside the 36.9 hectare park, a series of historical burial mounds are dotted along the way with restored ancient houses of the 6th century and farm houses used to raise silkworms in the Edo era. Set in a theme of water, flowers like moss phlox and cosmos as well as cherry blossoms and plum blossoms are a delight to the eye.

Hours

Open 24 hours everyday.
Admission Fee Free.
Diredtions

By Train and Bus: Get off the JR train at Maebashi Station and take a bus to Omuro Koen. It takes about 50 minutes. By taxi, from Ogo Station of the Jomo Demtetsu you can reach there in10 minutes.

By Car: It is approximately 20 kilometers from Maebashi Exit off the Kannetsu Expressway.

Parking: Free. Available up to 530 cars.

What to See in the Park

Historical Sites and Burial Mounds

According to the park survey, there are many implements from the Stone Age about 28,000 years ago and residential sites of the Jomon Age, about 5,000 years ago.
The three historical tombs of politically powerful family then are the Maefutagokofun, Nakafutagokofun, and Ushirofutagokofun. Some historical buildings have been restored and are exhibited including ancient pit-houses and store houses with floors set high above the ground.


The Hill of Breeze

When the breeze blows, here, the rocks on the hill ring. They are called “Rock Wind-Bells.”  You can see great views of Mt. Akagi in the north and of Goryo Lake in the south with Isesaki City beyond.


Water, Green and Flowers

Inside the park, there are various art objects with the theme of water including a water clock monument and a cave which makes the sound of a koto, a Japanese musical instrument, when water drops into it. On the east side of the park, children can run barefoot in the grass and at the waterside. Flowers are everywhere in the park.


Minka-en (Private Home)

This house belonged to the Sekines, a typical private house in the Edo era. It was constructed as a farmhouse to raise silkworms with the characteristic roof to increase ventilation to the rooms below. The gate and the storehouse are also worth seeing to get a realistic idea of design of the times.

Hours: 9:00 to 16:00. Closed on Mondays, and the beginning and end of the year usually from Jan. 1st to Jan. 3rd and from Dec. 29th to Dec. 31st.   
Open only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from December to March.

Admission Fee: Free