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前橋市 · Maebashi City
A view of Maebashi with Mt. Akagi, from the top of the Prefectural Government building (Kencho)

Location of Maebashi in Gunma
Maebashi is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°23′N 139°4′E / 36.383°N 139.067°E / 36.383; 139.067
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma
 - Mayor Masao Takagi
 - Total 241.22 km2 (93.1 sq mi)
 - Density 1,345/km2 (3,483.5/sq mi)
City Symbols
 - Tree Ginkgo & Zelkova
 - Flower Rose & Azalea
Website Maebashi
Phone number 27-224-1111

2-12-1, Ote-Machi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma-ken

Ogo Green Flower Pasture

Maebashi (前橋市 Maebashi-shi ?) is the capital city of Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

The city was founded on April 1, 1892, by the samurai Makuba Kawai.

On December 5, 2004 the town of Ōgo, and the villages of Kasukawa and Miyagi, all from Seta District, were merged into Maebashi.

As of this merger, but with 2003 population data, the city has an estimated population of 321,813 and a density of 1,334 persons per km². The total area is 241.22 km². It was traditionally the most populous city in Gunma until Takasaki merged with nearby towns.

Maebashi hosted the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships.



Maebashi is located at the foot of Mt. Akagi in the northeast corner of the Kantō Plain. The Tone River, Japan's second-longest, runs through the western part of the city. Also, Maebashi is farthest from the sea (about 120km) among all Japanese prefectural capitals.


In the winter, the Karakaze, or "dry wind" blows through Maebashi from the north. This is due to the snow clouds coming from the Sea of Japan being blocked by the Echigo Mountain Range between Gunma and Niigata. Because of this, the city has a mild winter. In the summer, it is hot since the location is inland. On July 24, 2001, Maebashi hit 40℃, the fifth hottest temperature ever in Japan.

Surrounding municipalities


  • 1892 - Maebashi was founded
  • 1901 - A portion of Kamikawabuchi village is merged into Maebashi
  • 1951 - A portion of Kaigaya village is merged into Maebashi
  • 1954 - Kamikawabuchi village, Shimokawabuchi village, Azuma village, Minamitachibana village, Kaigaya village, Haga village, Motosōja village, and Sōja village are merged into Maebashi
  • 1957 - A portion of Jōnan village is merged into Maebashi
  • 1960 - A portion of Tamamura town and another portion of Jōnan village is merged into Maebashi
  • 1967 - Jōnan village is merged into Maebashi
  • 2004 - Mayor Masao Takagi is elected
  • 2004 - Ōgo town, Miyagi village, and Kasukawa village are merged into Maebashi
  • A planned merger of municipalities was implemented on May 5, 2009; the village of Fujimi, from Seta District, was merged into Maebashi. Seta District ceased to exist as a result.[1]




East Japan Railway Company

Jōmō Electric Railway



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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Kanto : Gunma : Maebashi

Maebashi (前橋) [1] is a city in Gunma.

Get in

Maebashi is located on the JR Ryomo Line, between Takasaki and Isesaki.

From Tokyo, the fastest way to reach Maebashi is to take a Joetsu Shinkansen train to Takasaki and change to the Ryomo Line (75-90 minutes, ¥4800; no charge with the Japan Rail Pass).

Local trains from Tokyo depart from Ueno station. With a transfer at Takasaki, Maebashi can be reached in 2 1/2 hours (¥1890 from Tokyo Station).

  • Green Dome Maebashi (グリーンドーム前橋) [2] A beautifully-designed domed stadium situated in Maebashi Park. With a seating capacity of 8,000, it hosts indoor sports events and exhibitions. It is most popular for hosting Keirin races (pari-mutuel bicycle races) throughout the year. Local buses connect JR Maebashi station to the park and the Green Dome in 10 minutes (¥190).


Yakimanjyu has been popular since the Edo period, with the cradle being in Maebashi city. Yakimanjyu is a fried manjyu, which is a ball made of flour. It is served on a bamboo skewer with soybean paste and sugar sauce. In Gunma, people have a yakimanjyu festival each summer and New Years.

  • The Seven Gods of Good Fortune rice cracker is a famous rice cracker in Maebashi.

The shop's name is “Saiwaisenbei”, located in the middle of Chiyoda-cho. It has seven flavors: curry, cheese, beefsteak plant, wasabi, shrimp, laver, & salt. These days, a new flavor is cocoa.

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  1. capital city of Gunma prefecture, Japan.



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