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

by KASHIMA
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10h $ 308 Price up to 8 people

Highlights

  • 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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Overview

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

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
Duration
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.

What happens after I book a tour?

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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 ( 18 )
Tammy Tammy Malta ( Couple )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Kashima is the best ”

Kashima was a professional and answered our wishes and questions perfectly. We are very happy having our first visit in Japan being guided by Kashima.

KASHIMA:

Tammy san, Thank you very much for your great review for me. I am very much pleased that you could enjoy and get excellent experience for your visiting Asakusa, Imperial palace, Meiji Shrine , Harajuku and Shibuya crossing. Also, you enjoyed fish Sashimi with pickles and Soba woodle. Thanks to lots of various pin pointed questions from you and your husband, I could explain Japanese history and culture more deeply than as usual with improving my explanation skill. Also we could exchange the various topics information about the difference between your country/Malta and Japan such as religion, daily life, characteristic of people, language, industry and so-on. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan trip for your following days and I am looking forward to supporting you for your next trip i... read more

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A perfect day ”

We visited two famous bonsai gardens and museums topped off by a surprise visit from the master of bonsai. Fantastic.

KASHIMA:

Margaret san, Thank you very much for your great comments to me. I am very much impressed that you, your son and your husband are so much interested in Japanese traditional art of Bonsai. We visited Omiya Bonsai museum in the morning where you saw and learned the basic concept and various type of Bonsai both located in Japanese room and Bonsai garden. In the afternoon, we visited Shunkaen Bonsai museum in Tokyo where you could get the detail explanation of Bonsai from one of an apprentice from Poland and could see the actual operating of Bonsai maintenance by them. Finally, Mr.Kobayashi who is one of the most famous Bonsai master in the world and the owner of the museum visited us and took care for us for a while. I am very much pleased that all you and your family enjoyed , excited and l... read more

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

Well planned and enthusiastic. Created an itinerary to meet with our desired interests. Knowledgeable and experienced.

KASHIMA:

Mark san, Thank you very much for your great comments for me. I am pleased that you and your group enjoyed a lot of Kyoto one day tour. Bsed on your preference, we made an itinerary to avoid very touristy places such as Kinkakuji/Golden Pavillion and selected less touristy places such as Arashiyama, Tenryuji temple, Bamboo forest, Ryoanji trmple, Shinsenen garden ang Gion. Thanks to strong curiosity of your group about not only Japanese historey and culture but also Japanese everyday affairs, we could make precious information excahnge a lot. I am looking forward to have another chance to guide you when you come to Japan again in future. Thanks, Kashima

Katarzyna Katarzyna Poland ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tiur on Nara ”

we had very nice tour with Kashima - he was prepared in excellent manner, all on time, and he has shared with us interesting stories on Nara. very entusiastic about his job.

KASHIMA:

Katarzyna san, Thank you very much for your warm and great comments to me. I am very much pleased that you enjoyed ancient atomosphere of Nara and could understand the excellence of Nara. There are spacious and graceful view with no modern building built on their surrounding such as Todaiji, Great Buddha, Kasuga-Taisha, Nara park, Toshoudaiji temple and Yakushiji temple where we visited. We enjoyed to talk with each other about not only the historical difference between Nara and Kyoto but also various topics for both Poland and Japan. I am looking forward to meeting with you again for your next trip in Japan. Thanks, Kashima

James James United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Hideo Kashima Review ”

Kashima was wonderful throughout a long day of touring. He was very knowledgeable about all sites visited. I highly recommend a tour led by Hideo.

KASHIMA:

James san, Thank you very much for your great comments for me. I am very much pleased and appreciated that you and your wife enjoyed the tour of Tokyo such as Tsukiji outer market, Tsukiji-Honganji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine, Imperial palace and the overview from the highest observation floor of both Tokyo tower and Skytree even if it was fairly hot on the day and we walked by fairly lots of steps. I was impressed that you and your wife were so interested in Japanese culture, history and beautiful landscape. I am looking forward to meeting again for your next visit in Japan. Thanks, Kashima