MRS Gunma Cultural Vacations

⛩ Enter the Heart of Japan 

            ~ Dare to Deviate from the Well-trodden

'Golden Route of Japan' Tour Path ~

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Support in English, French and Japanese

Renée is fluent in all three languages and adept at interpreting so guests

can get to know Japanese locals in a natural way.

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Experience a luxurious and historical stay at elegant homes and historic sites in the heart of Japan. MRS Gunma offers one-of-a-kind cultural experiences and day tours for expats and inbound guests to Japan. Gunma, just 2 hours north of Tokyo, boasts some of Japan’s most scenic mountain views, healing natural hot springs, spiritual and historical sites, and an abundance of fruits and the lowest costs in Japan. Your guide, Renée, combines her native California love of nature and adventure with her personal connections with Japanese that took decades to build.

Your choice of two vacation homes:

Kiyomizu House, in the historic region of Misato, Takasaki. Nestled between two historic sites, a Kyoto-style garden and thatched-roof watermill, this castle-sized home played a pivital part in the history of Japan's industrial revolution through it's role as a home for silk production. Walk to a hot spring spa, river, lake and parks while gazing at Gunma's infamous Fuji-shaped Mt Haruna.



Mitsuba House, a glorious vacation home in the onsen town of Isobe in Annaka where the original icon for hot springs originated over 400 years ago. With stunning views of Mt. Miyogi, ranked in the top three picturesque views in Japan, from the home and yard, you will feel like royalty in this luxury home.





Introduction to your host and local guide, Renée


An expert in wellness and eco tourism, Renée’s guiding style provides just enough information for her guests to feel connected with the people and culture of the region they are visiting, while allowing them the time and space to really seep into their experience and feel the joy of being there. 


Her gentle, yet knowledgeable guiding abilities are thanks to her many years of experience in Japan as ….

  • A wife, mom and friend who values natural living

  • A scholar and teacher who focuses on intercultural understanding, language learning, and tourism & hospitality

  • A therapist who cares deeply about the wellbeing of her clients

  • A volunteer who has disseminated information about and helped preserve the silk history of Gunma


She welcomes you warmly to Gunma. ❤️

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2min Overview of MRS Gunma Cultural Vacations: Check it out!!

MRS Gunma Cultural Experiences 

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Daruma Art & Temple Tour

✽ Learn about Japanese Daruma art, history and culture at a leisurely pace  ✽

We will ...

❀ Choose your own Daruma Doll and paint the face on it alongside a master artist

❀ Stroll along a river path with breathtaking mountain views

❀ Explore temple grounds and a Daruma museum

❀ Eat great food!


Soba Making & Hot Springs Tour

Get out of the city, breathe fresh air, enjoy mountain views! Great for vegans/vegetarians and anyone without buckwheat or wheat allergies/avoidances. MasterClass for soba-making with Chef Takeuchi of Soba Restaurant Hana at the 400-year old Ryokan Andayu. Walking distance from JR Maebashi Station and Natural Hot Springs Yūyu.

Refresh and rejuvenate in gorgeous Gunma...Just what you need during these crazy times! 

Healthy one-day experience: 10am - 4pm with optional before/after extension for Japanese cultural experiences & overnight stay at Kiyomizu House.

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Hakama Kimono & Silk History Tour

✽ Experience life in a historic estate for silk production and get dressed in a traditional kimono & hakama worn for graduation. Stroll to a thatched-roof mill and Kyoto-style garden. Enjoy local sweets at a neighborhood silk estate. Pure Japanese luxury, and photo opportunities of a lifetime! ✽


Koto Playing & Pottery Tour

✽ Experience life in a historic estate for silk production and get dressed in a traditional kimono & hakama traditionally worn for graduation.

✽ Learn about the silk history and how it sparked the industrial revolution at a historic home that is a centerpiece of the Jomo Silk Road: Kiyomizu House

✽ Stroll to a thatched-roof mill and Kyoto-style garden.

✽ Enjoy local sweets at a neighborhood silk estate: Yaharajuku Café

Pure Japanese luxury, and photo opportunities of a lifetime! 

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Sembei Making and Hot Springs Tour

✽ Experience Japan's top onsen spa town like a local ✽ 

❤︎ Japanese love 'omiyage' gifts, especially yummy ones to eat. Go to this resort's oldest sembei factory, watch and help the owners bake and shape these delicious, healthy treats that are made from pure spring water. Eat to your heart's content!

❤︎ Heal your body in a gorgeous traditional hot spring foot bath.

❤︎ Learn about the history of this historical onsen village, as well as etiquette for Japanese hot springs bathing.

What Renée's guests on Airbnb Experiences Say...

Daruma Art & Temple Visit ⛩

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Sembei Making & Hot Springs Tour ♨️

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Daruma Art & Temple Visit ⛩

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