Message from Mayor

My aim is to achieve a vibrant village.

村長 Blessed with a rich natural environment, Kawaba Village creates a self-sustaining community and strives for the realization of "rural utopia" by making full use of the characteristics of the village forest and landscape. In line with our plan to expand industrial promotion, some brand-name agricultural products have been developed, and Kawaba Village's Koshihikari Rice "Yuki Hotaka" has received the top rating in Japan. Also, Kawaba Denen Plaza was awarded first place for becoming the favorite Michinoeki (Roadside Station*) in the Kanto area for the fifth consecutive year. I will keep working hard for the further development of our village. (*) A government-designated rest area found along roads and highways where local products and souvenirs are sold.

About the Symbol of the Village

We instituted a symbol and a logo of the village to mark the 120th anniversary of the establishment of Kawaba Village.

(The contents of the Kawaba Village’s charter were incorporated in the symbol.)
シンボルマーク It is designed to associate powerful, grand and beautiful Mt. Hotaka with images of well-endowed Kawaba Village, and has a picture of bountiful forests in the center. The circle expresses a clear blue sky, fertile green land and compassion for others. Also, the sharp edge of Mt. Hotaka represents prosperity and hope stretching up toward the sky.

About Kawaba Village

Mayor : Kyotaro Toyama
The first term
Term of office : April 26th, 2019

Vice Mayor : Minoru Miyauchi

Chairman : Toshio Maruyama
Term of office : April 29th, 2019

Address : 2390-2 Yachi Kawaba village Tone-gun Gumma 〒378-0101
TEL : 0278-52-2111
FAX : 0278-52-2333
To the office : 10 minutes drive from Numata I.C. Kanetsu Expressway
30 minutes drive from the Numata Station of JR Jyoshinetsu Line
The Effective Date of village system April 1, 1889 Area 85.25km2

Flower : Rhododendron
Tree : Japanese white pine
Bird : ---
The catch phrase : "Rural Utopia" Agriculture and natural village "Kawaba"

[Outline of the Village]

Kawaba Village is a rural neighborhood located at the base of the south side of Mt. Hotaka and richly endowed with nature. There are four first-grade rivers (including Usune River which owes the name of the village) and five hot springs such as Kawaba Onsen benefit the village.
We promote regional development through agriculture and tourism. In addition, as a part of the exchange program between the urban and rural areas, we have formed an alliance with Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, to encourage all sorts of exchanges in various fields such as culture, education, sports, industry and welfare. This friendly relationship will celebrate its 34rd anniversary in autumn, 2014.

[Industry and Economy]

As for agriculture, the major source of income, we mainly grow rice, konjac food, dairy goods and fruits such as apples, blueberries and grapes. What is special about the rice is that we have branded our Koshihikari Rice as “Yuki Hotaka” and increased consumer recognition of the product all over the country. At present, the village is strengthening measures to integrate agriculture into the tourism industry. Since there are more than 900,000 tourists visiting our village each year, we will make every effort to develop on-the-spot sales and a tourist industry.

[Tourist and Public Facilities ]

  • Hotel SL
  • Michinoeki Kawaba Denen Plaza (Beer restaurant "Hotaka", Soba restaurant "Kokuzo", Farmer's market, Meat Factory, Milk Factory, Piza Factory, Souvenir shop)
  • Kawaba Ski
  • Museum of History and Folklore of Kawaba (Closed Monday)

【Specialties and well‐known products】

Apples, Blueberrys, konjac food, Locally brewed liquor(Japanese Sake and Beer), Yogurts, Juices, Jams, Handmade Hams, Apple pies, "Yuki Hotaka"(Kawaba Village's Koshihikari Rice)

[Scenic spot]

  • Mt. Hotaka

[Cultural assets]

  • Museum of History and Folklore of Kawaba (Nation's registered tangible cultural properties)
  • Wooden sitting statue of Busshu Esaizenshi (Municipally designated important cultural properties of Gunma Prefecture)
  • Wooden sitting statue of Kohen Myohkanzenshi (Municipally designated important cultural properties of Gunma Prefecture)
  • Wooden statue of Shaka Nyorai (Municipally designated important cultural properties of Gunma Prefecture)
  • Japanese white pine (Himekomatsu) in Kichijo-ji Temple (Natural monument of Gumma Prefecture)
  • Kichijo-ji Temple : San-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property of Kawaba Village)
  • Statue of 16 Rakan (Important Cultural Property of Kawaba Village)
  • Iwa Kannon of Endo (Important Cultural Property of Kawaba Village)
  • Hotaka Shrine (Important Cultural Property of Kawaba Village)
  • Nohmanzan Kokuzo-do (Important Cultural Property of Kawaba Village)

[Traditional events and arts]

  • Monzen-Harukoma (Prefecture's important intangible folk culture asset) in February
  • Hagimuro - Shishimai
  • Mayukaki - Uta

[Festivals and events]

Don-Do Yaki(January), Harukoma(February), Green Festival(May), Spring Events at Denden Plaza Kawaba(May), The opening of Mt. Hotaka to climbers (June), Kawaba Festival and Fireworks(July), Sky View Trail(September), Kawaba Interntional Natural and Cultural Summit(October), Cultural Festival (November)

[Population census]

Groups H12.10.1


1,919 1,948 1,802
Femaile 2,220 2,231 2,096
Total 4,139 4,179 3,898
Number of households 927 949 974
Composition ratio Under 15 years old 13.6% 12.3% 12.2%
15 to 64 years 52.6% 50.5% 50.1%
Over 65 years old 33.8% 37.2% 37.6%