Audio Tours

Chapter 20 — Chikuma River Side Park, Sakai Ryunosuke Monument

We’ve moved a little bit further down the levee road downriver, alongside the Chikuma River, past the beautiful fountain and green space park between the levee and the river. If you come here on August 7th, you will be treated to our town’s annual fireworks display. The pyrotechnics explode practically directly overhead with the flashes of light reflecting off the river’s surface and the sound reverberating off the surrounding hills. It all makes for one of Japan’s most spectacular fireworks festival, in a country world-famous for fireworks.

Next to the levee road is a monument to Sakai Ryunosuke. This is the gentleman who was the forefather of Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen. He was the one that came up with the idea of boring for the onsen wells 120 years ago. It is thanks to this man’s foresight and his great energy and spirit that we owe our onsen’s existence.