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Training Camps in GUNMA（Nov/18/2016 New）
Introducing Gunma Prefecture
Gunma is located in the center of the Japanese archipelago on the Kanto Plain within 100 km radius of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. There is no ocean in Gunma. It has been an important area in terms of traffic since the ancient times. Today, the network of modern high-speed transportation systems connects Gunma with the nation’s major airports and ports that give domestic and overseas access to the people of Gunma.
The three different Shinkansen bullet trains (Joetsu, Nagano, and Hokuriku) take you to Gunma from Tokyo in just an hour. If you drive, four expressways (Kan-etsu, Joshin-etsu, Kitakanto, and Tohoku) give you the access to the Pacific Ocean, the Japan Sea, the Tohoku Region, and the Chukyo to Kansai Regions from Gunma, covering the entire nation.
Of the six principal climatic zones of Japan, Gunma falls into the Pacific Ocean Side. A long hour of sunlight is another climatic feature of Gunma. In 2014, Gunma’s annual sunshine in hours ranked second in the country. You always see the blue sky in Gunma. The inland area has firm ground and is seldom struck by natural disasters, which is another feature of Gunma. No major typhoons or earthquakes have hit us to date; therefore, many Gunma citizens like their prefecture because of this safe, secure, and comfortable living environment.
Twelve out of 47 prefectures in Japan has declared themselves as sports-oriented. Gunma has been promoting sports to its citizens. The New Year Ekiden on January 1 kicks off the various sporting activities Gunma citizens engage in throughout the year. Gunma is the home of some of the country’s best rugby and softball teams as well as that of professional soccer and baseball teams. In recent years, young athletes have won high school national championships in Ekiden and baseball, earning Gunma the accolade of Sports Kingdom. Currently, a great number of Gunma-born athletes are active in the international arena.
In the 1990’s, Gunma hosted three world championships. In 1990, the Bike Cult Book Track Racing Champions was held in YAMADA DENKI Green Dome Maebashi. In 1993, the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships was held in Gunma Prefectural Sports Center’s Ikaho Ice Skate Rink in Shibukawa. In 1999, IAAF’s (International Association of Athletics Federation) World Indoor Championships in Athletics was held in YAMADA DENKI Green Dome Maebashi. All of these big events were a huge success. We helped these championship participants leave Gunma with fond memories.
When we talk about Gunma’s tourism, first and foremost, we have to mention the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites which was inscribed as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage in 2014. The silk mill was founded in 1872 when Japan’s industrial modernization dawned. It also played a major role in the technological innovation of Japan’s silk industry. The mill was among the largest scale in the world at the time and supplied high-quality silk at affordable prices to the markets worldwide. The silk reeling machine mill connected Japan with other countries in the world and prompted Japan’s modernization and internationalization.
Gunma is a hot spring heaven. Kusatsu is one of the three major hot spring resorts of Japan. Along with Kusatsu, Ikaho, Minakami, Shima, Manza, etc. make the total more than 200. These spa resorts attract many visitors to Gunma all the year round.
Gunma has many treasures its citizens are proud of. The Gunma Symphony Orchestra (Gunkyo) is one such treasure. It is among the country’s oldest civil orchestra. Also known as Gunkyo, it gives regular concerts both in and outside of Gunma as well as in overseas. By way of giving concerts, Gunkyo is spreading and nurturing the culture a full-fledged orchestra brings about. Gunkyo has been giving music classes at local elementary schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools since its inception 70 years ago. These music classes offered a total of six million students the opportunity to listen to genuine classical music over the years. This was made into a movie, and Gunkyo become a household name. This type of Gunkyo’s activity has something in common with the cultural program the Olympic Movement entails.
Gunma is blessed with such natural beauties as 2,000-meter-high mountains, wetlands, and limpid streams. Different cities play different roles in Gunma such as an administrative center, business center, commercial area, or industrial capital, each of which is geographically dispersed. All in all, Gunma has many attractive urban and rural faces. People actively enjoy sports. By setting up a camp prior to the Tokyo Olympics, we would like you to experience what Gunma offers best and the warm welcome of the two million Gunma citizens.