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Tomioka Silk Mill of UNESCO World Heritage & Byakuikannon in Gunma as one day tour

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10h $ 312 Price up to 8 people


  • To pick up you at your staying hotel.
  • To take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Takasaki.
  • To take Train from Takasaki to Jyoshu-Tomioka
  • To take a lunch near Tomioka Silk Mill
  • To see and enjoy Tomioka Silk Mill
  • To take train from Jyoshu-Tomioka to Takasaki
  • To take bus from Takasaki to Kannonsama (Hakui-Daikannon)
  • To see and enjoy Byakuikannon
  • To take a taxi to Takasaki
  • To take Shinkansen from Takasaki to Tokyo
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311.50 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


This tour include Tomioka Silk Mill of UNESCO World Heritage and Byakuikannon-statue which is the symbol of Takasaki-city. After you understand the important historical value of Tomioka Silk Mill , you will be very much impressed for the World Heritage. And you will be overwhelmed by the giant statue rising up on top of Mt.Kannon to which people pray for their better fortune and longevity.

What to Expect

Tomioka Silk Mill has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites” on 2014.
You will be able to find the historical importance of the Heritage for various aspects including Silk Mill technology, advanced architecture and Japanese women lavor history and tremendous efforts & result by them for the technology improvement.
The main criteria registered as World heritage are as follows.

1. Tomioka Silk Mill had contributed a lot to the silk industry in the world. The high quality of raw silk and the silk warm breeding technology had spread over the world and contributed the world wide silk industry expansion. The plant was the largest size of silk plant at the time-flame which is 140 meter length,12 meter breadth and 12 meter hight. After the factory be privatized, this Silk Mill technology finally had become the world leading technology and had produced the Silk products as world number one volume until this factory had ceased to operate in 1987.

2. The architecture of the plant has been completely reserved without damage from the year of 1872 when this plant was built with using most advanced architectural technology applied to this plant.
Followings are key technology applied.

a) Fairly large scale of silk stock space was required for the silk stock building. Due to establishment of this large scale space, this plant had survived for
around 110 years from 1872 to 1987. All the space inside this plant silk produced required the construction without pillars. To achieve the subject,
the new construction method imported from France was applied.
b) This silk production need huge volume of water stocked. Therefore, large size of tank which can stock water of 400 liter was manufactured using iron.
This is the beginning of iron usage for modernized industry.
c) The wall of plant building is made by red brick and that of roof is by Japanese tile. This style is combination of western and Japanese construction method
which is called timber frame brick construction. This construction load the weight of the building to pillars and beams. To achieve reliable tolerance of this building,
all kinds of materials are quickly prepared from the local area of Gunma and executed many trials for those.

3. The labor environment in Tomioka Silk Mill was good condition for female that was rare case in the world that is one of the criteria selected as World heritage.
Seven days working system with one day off on Sunday and 8 hours working time per day and 10 days vacation for each summer and New year’s were applied as t
he female working condition which was introduced from France. The fee of foods and boarding were paid by the plant.
As shown above, Tomioka Silk Mill is not the tour spot that provide beautiful landscape, brilliant & gorgeous architecture and easy understanding traditional history. However, this show very important value of historical and technical view points and after you understand the value, you will be very much impressed for this Tomioka Silk Mill.

Byakuikannon/Goddess of Mercy) in Takasaki-city of Gunma
The top of Mt.Kannon is located 190meter of altitude and Byakuikannon is 41.8meter tall with 6.0 tons weight.
This Kannon statue is constructed by concrete with the thickness of thumb as 0.4meter diameter. This Kannon statue was established in 1936.
The inside the Kannon body is made with nine-storied building and you can walk up to the top from where all over the Takasaki-city,
famous Jyomo-sanzan (three mountains: Akagi, Myogi and Haruna) and a chain of mountains in the distance.
20 numbers of Buddhist statues are enshrined inside this Kannon statue.
This Kannon is the symbol of Takasaki-city and a lot of people come here to pray their better fortune, longevity and so-on.

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  • To pick up you at your staying hotel.
  • To take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Takasaki.
  • To take Train from Takasaki to Jyoshu-Tomioka
  • To take a lunch near Tomioka Silk Mill
  • To see and enjoy Tomioka Silk Mill
  • To take train from Jyoshu-Tomioka to Takasaki
  • To take bus from Takasaki to Kannonsama (Hakui-Daikannon)
  • To see and enjoy Byakuikannon
  • To take a taxi to Takasaki
  • To take Shinkansen from Takasaki to Tokyo


I am now living in Gunma prefecture located around 100km north from Tokyo.
Therefore, if you reserve Kansai area such as Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka, please request me at least one week in advance. We can exchange the idea of the tour.

1) For fairly long walking of sight -seeing, please put on the shoes to walk with ease.
2) Please prepare the cash to spend any train riding, lunch and souvenir.

What‘s included
Guide fee
What‘s not included
Pick up fee for a guide: yen1500 per person
Transportation fee of all tour routes for your group: yen12200 per person if you come from Tokyo: yen1000 per person if you are staying in Takasaki city
Transportaion and pick-up fee for a guide: 6000 yen if you come from Tokyo : No charge if you are staying in Takasaki city
Entrance fee of all the tour spots for you group : Tomioka Silk Mill : 1000 yen per person , Byakuikannon: 300 yen per person
Lunch fee for your group and a guide
Meeting Point
At your staying hotel in Tokyo or Takasaki city
Ending Point
At your staying hotel in Tokyo or Takasaki city
10 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 29 )
Patrik Patrik Japan
4 days ago

“ 10 out of 10 ”

Top Guide very smart and and top Knowledge of Japanese History and Religons


Patrik san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious tour. I am very much pleased that you and your wife enjoyed one day Tokyo tour. We visited Meiji shrine, Asakusa/Sensoji temple, Zojoji temple and Samurai museum. All these spots are deeply related with Japanese history of Edo-era established by Tokugawa Shogunate , Meiji restoration ,Meiji era by Meiji Emperor and Samurai / the history from appearance of them in Japan to the end of them. Thanks to your strong curiosity of your Japanese history and culture, I could well explain the important background of each spots. I am looking forward to meeting again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Tony********** Tony********** United Kingdom ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ 2 days in Kyoto ”

We were on a cruise ship stopping in Kobe. Rather than take tours from the ship and spend time going to and from Kyoto we decided to stay overnight in Kyoto and take advantage of our time especially in the evenings to see the geisha district . Although we have the added cost of a hotel our outlay overall was similar to 2 days touring with the ship and we saw so much more and the benefit of travelling in and out of Kyoto only once on the bullet train which was actually quite expensive .Kashima Met us at the cruise ship as with no knowledge or experience of the Japanese train network we did not know where we were going we found Kashima as a guide to speak good English and have a great knowledge of his cities and culture. Getting around in Japan is not easy and again he knew the network very ... read more


Hello Tony san, Thank you very much for your detail, great and utmost review for me by taking your precious time. I am very much pleased that you selected me as a tour guide, separated from your cruise tour and enjoyed two days Kyoto tour. Specially, I was so impressed that your wife knows very well about Japanese culture such as Geisha & Maiko, the spirits of Zen Buddhism, the word “less is more” which your wife described, flower arrangement and so-on. We visited several temples in Kyoto such as Tenryuji, Ryoanji, Ginkakuji which are related with Zen-Buddhism sect , Kinkakuji of gorgeous Golden three stories Pavilion and Kiyomizu temple which is related with a Buddhism sect dedicated to ordinary people. Also, you could enjoy the beautiful landscape of Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge a... read more

Eduardo Eduardo United States ( Couple )
Very Good
5 days ago

“ Good experience in Tokyo ”

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Punctual, flexible and well organized. Thank you for a good tour.


Eduardo san, Thank you very much for your grateful review for me. I am pleased that you could enjoy and get excellent experience for your Tokyo tour by visiting Asakusa, Meiji shrine, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Akihabara. Thanks to your various pin pointed questions, I could learn how to explain Japanese history and culture more better. I am looking forward to meeting with you in near future. Thanks, Kashima

Robert Robert United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Kudos for Kashima! ”

Twelve days, four tourists and Kashima! We (two married couples aged 61-72) had a wonderful experience exploring Japan by (per our request) railway, taxi, bus, cable car, metro and by foot! Kashima successfully led us through Tokyo, Kobe, Kanazawa, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka. Kashima was on time, was flexible with our schedule when we changed our minds or wanted to rearrange our day. Kashima met us each morning at our hotel and helped us navigate the public transportation systems, acted as translator, answered cultural questions and ALWAYS maintained a positive, helpful and friendly manner. Kashima worked hard to arrange a special evening with an apprentice Geisha (Maiko) for us. This was something we wanted to experience but didn’t realize how difficult to find or arrange a “real” ... read more


Hello Robert san, Thank you very much for your very detail review of your ecellent experience you had during 12 days through tour in Japan and utmost great comments for me by taking your precious time. It was the first time for me to execute guding of 12 days through tour by using public transportation. Thanks to your deeply considered selection of tour spots from East to West including Kanazawa tour for me at the first time, and all your groups' strong interests to have experience of Japanese culture and to get knowledge of Japanese history, specially successive generations of Samurai top worriers and Zen Buddhism, I could improve my tour guide skill, specially about the great history of Japan from Heian era to Edo era until it has been truly unified and established with peace. Also, du... read more

Silvia Silvia Peru ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful and informative guide. ”

Kashima was my guide for two days in Kyoto, I appreciated his able guidance through the various temples and monkey Park. The document he prepared for me is very informative and customized for me, I learned a lot thanks to his excellent guidance. Kashima was kind to showing me how to take the bullet train and not get lost in the train station. Excellent guide! Silvia


Hello Silvia san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. I am very much pleased that you enjoyed a lot for two days Kyoto tour. We visited Arashiyama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Moon crossing bridge, Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo castle, Gion, Monkey park, Ryoanji temple, Kinkakuji temple and Sanjusangendo temple. Specially, you had a lot of fun for Gion watching with Maiko crossing in the dark night at late evening, to play with Monkeys, Kinkakuji temple with beautiful three stories Golden pavilion and Sanjusangendo with one thousand Kannon statue inside there. I would like to be proud that I could took a miracle shot of your photo in Gion with Maiko lady behind you clearly while walking through by chance. I believe that you will keep the photo in your life. I... read more