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November 15, 2014 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors

Most people, when you say "I went to Ueno this weekend," assume you visited Tokyo. But there's another Ueno in the Kanto region, the tiny village of Ueno-mura waaaay up in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture. There isn't much here if you aren't a fan of nature, mountains, or hiking, but surprisingly Ueno has its own tourist attraction: the Sky Bridge.

Built after a newly commissioned Dam in the area flooded (haha) the village tax coffers with money, someone somewhere decided to build a bridge to nowhere. It's a tiny footbridge across a gorge that link two restaurant/parking areas up on the mountain. And it blows bubbles! (In the summer. On weekends. At certain times only.)

We came hoping to see some nice fall colors, but alas, it's a little late already this year, plus the mountains mean the sun goes down around 2pm, which is way early.

Speaking of Wild Boar, if you're wanting to try this delicacy, Ueno is the place to do so! Not only does the above restaurant serve wild boar hot dogs, others have gotten into the action to give you dishes ranging from ramen to curry to tonkatsu.

Anyway, Ueno-mura is one of those places FAR off the beaten track, if you go for that sort of thing. It can be reached by taking a train to Shinmachi Station on the Takasaki (or Shonen-Shinjuku) Line, then an infrequent bus to Ueno-mura. It takes probably about 2 hours from Shinmachi station, passing through rural Japan and mountain roads. If you're in the area and have some time on your hands, why not visit?

But I'd go in summer. I hear the bubbles off the bridge is not to be missed.

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2016/04/24 - Mitsuhiko Imamori Paper Cut Works Exhibit in Takasaki
2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival