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Japan's version of Germany's "Romantic Road" (ロマンチック街道, Romantic Kaidō) leads over about 350 kilometers from Ueda City in Nagano Prefecture through the mountains of Gunma Prefecture to Utsunomiya City in Tochigi Prefecture.

Various interesting towns, hot spring resorts and lots of natural scenery can be enjoyed along the Romantic Road, including the mountain resort of Karuizawa, active volcanoes, the hot spring mecca of Kusatsu and the world heritage sites of Nikko.

Due to a lack of convenient public transportation along many of its sections, the Romantic Road has remained off the beaten path for foreign tourists. Private transportation, such as a rental car, and two to five days are recommended to cover the entire route. Note that one part of the route just east of Nikko gets closed during the winter.

10 kilometers along National Route 18

Unno Juku

10 kilometers along National Route 18

Komoro City

5 kilometers along Regional Route 80

Shinraku Temple (Miyota Town)

5 kilometers along Regional Route 80
10 kilometers along National Route 18

Karuizawa

10 kilometers along Shiraito Highlandway (400 yen)
5 kilometers along Onioshi Highway (620 yen)

Onioshidashi (Mount Asama)

15 kilometers along Onioshi Highway
10 kilometers along Regional Route 59
5 kilometers along National Route 292

10 kilometers along National Route 292
25 kilometers along Regional Route 55
10 kilometers along National Route 353

15 kilometers along National Route 353
15 kilometers along National Route 145
40 kilometers along National Route 120

3 kilometers along National Route 120

Fukiware Falls

55 kilometers along National Route 120 (closed in winter from around December to late April)

15 kilometers along National Route 120

Nikko

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