Hill Climb Race, Plum Festivals, Bunraku Performance

7th Haruna-san Hill Climb in Takasaki

Saturday & Sunday 18th & 19th May

Enjoy Haruna-san Hill Climb’s challenging courses and the beautiful landscapes of Takasaki!

Course/Distance/Entry Fees:

  1. Lake Haruna Course: Total distance = 16.1km
    (Actual race distance = 14.7km/Average gradient = 6.0%), entry fee \6000
  2. Haruna Shrine Course: Total distance = 11.6km
    (Actual race distance = 11.4km/Average gradient = 5.2%), entry fee \5000
  3. Beginners Course: Total distance = 6.7km
    (Actual race distance = 6.5km/Average gradient = 4.6%), entry fee \4000

More Information: View the event website www.haruna-hc.jp/english/

Inquiries in Japanese:
Haruna-san Hill Climb in Takasaki Executive Office
TEL: 027-374-6715, FAX: 027-374-5035



Misato & Haruna Plum Grove Festivals

In early March, the city’s two plum groves, Haruna and Misato, burst into bloom covering the hills with light pink flowers and spreading the sweet scent of plums. Both groves hold festivals to welcome these first breaths of spring.

Misato Plum Festival

Period: Friday 1st March until the end of the month

Highlights: Outdoor tea ceremony under the plum blossoms on Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, and daily between Thursday 21st-Sunday 24th March (\500). Giveaways of plum branches, plum juice and plum sweets on Sundays 3rd and 10th March from 12 noon.

Place: Misato Plum Grove, Zenji & Kanisawa areas

Parking: 300 yen per car.

Haruna Plum Festival

Date: Sunday 17th March, from 9:30am

Highlights: Free samples of plum products, horse and cart rides around the grove, games, Japanese taiko drum performance, etc.

Place: Haruna Culture Center “Ecole” (Takasaki-shi Kami-Satomi-machi 1072-1)



Watch Bunraku Japanese Puppetry

Date & Time: Thursday 14th March. Afternoon performance 1:30pm, evening performance 6pm

Place: City Culture Center (Suehiro-cho)

Tickets: From 3,000 yen, on sale at city culture centers, Gunma Music Center,

or online from Ticket Pia.