Ice Fishing for Wakasagi on Mt. Akagi


Ōnuma Lake, atop Mt. Akagi, is full of small fish called wakasagi, or Japanese pond smelt. When the lake freezes over in the winter, you can go ice fishing for wakasagi. Drill a hole in the ice, drop in your line, and see if you can lure in some of these small, tasty fish!

Beginners welcome! Several shops around the lakeshore rent and sell ice-fishing equipment. If you let the shop owner know it’s your first time, they’ll show you how to fish and use the equipment. They’ll also deep-fry the fish you catch free of charge! Just the view from the ice itself is also beautiful.

CAUTION: The Akagi summit is about 10° – 15°C colder than ground level. Please dress accordingly!


Prices and Necessary Equipment

An ice-fishing entrance ticket is required to enter the ice. You can purchase tickets at any equipment rental shop.

Adult fishing ticket: ¥700 | Middle schoolers and under: free

Basic necessary equipment includes 1) a fishing rod, tackle, and bait; 2) an ice-fishing tent; and 3) an ice drill.

Supplementary equipment is also available for rent and for sale. Check with individual shops for details. Note all shops are cash only.


Average rental prices (varies by store) 

Fishing rod (includes tackle and bait): ¥1,000

One-person tent: ¥1,500

Two-person tent: ¥2,500

Ice drill, 1 hour: ¥1,000


Rental Shops

Aoki Ryokan

Aoki Bekkan (青木別館)

Bandy Shiobara (バンディ塩原)



By public transport: 60 – 80 minutes by bus from Maebashi Station (North Exit, Bus Stop #6) or Chuomaebashi Station.


  1. Board a bus bound for Fujimi Onsen.
  2. Get off at Fujimi Onsen and transfer to a bus bound for Akagi Visitor Center.
  3. Depending on destination:
    1. For access to the Daidō area lakeshore, get off at Akagi Hiroba Mae. Rental shops and ice entrances are a 2-minute walk away.
    2. For access to the Noshiri/Numajiri area lakeshore, get off at Kosei Danchi Iriguchi (displayed as Kojiri Kosei Danchi Iriguchi on Google Maps). The Aoki Ryokan rental shop and ice entrance are located a 5-minute walk north up route 157.

Weekend route: Direct buses from Maebashi to Akagi available on weekends and holidays.

For schedules see Google Maps or the Kan-etsu Transportation website.

Price (one-way): ¥1,500 with direct bus, or ¥1,810 with transfer. Children are half price. Fares payable in cash only.


By car: About 70 minutes from any of the following highway exits:

Maebashi IC (Kan-etsu Expressway)

Akagi IC (Kan-etsu Expressway)

Isesaki IC (Kita Kanto Expressway)

NOTE ON ROAD CLOSURES: Prefectural Route 16 from Ogo and Prefectural Route 251 from Numata are CLOSED for most of the winter. Please use Prefecture Route 4 to access the Mt. Akagi summit during the winter.

The roads to the Akagi summit can be snowy and icy at times. Snow tires or tire chains are required, and 4WD is recommended.


〒371-0101 Gunma, Maebashi, Fujimimachi Akagisan, Lake Onuma
Season Opens:mid-January - end of May
Open Everyday7:00AM-4:00PM