Tomioka Silk Mill and Byakuikannon statue in Gunma

Day Trip

Kashima H.

4.57(53) reviews
Gunma
English, Japanese (Native)
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

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.

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

At your staying hotel in Tokyo or Takasaki city

08:30

To pick up you at your staying hotel.

09:00

To take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Takasaki / Gunma prefecture

10:30

To take Train from Takasaki to Jyoshu-Tomioka

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.

11:30

To see and enjoy Tomioka Silk Mill

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.

14:30

To take train from Jyoshu-Tomioka to Takasaki

15:00

To take bus from Takasaki to Kannonsama (Hakui-Daikannon)

15:30

To see and enjoy Byakuikannon

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. It 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.

17:00

To take Shinkansen from Takasaki to Tokyo

Ending Point

At your staying hotel in Tokyo or Takasaki city

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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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Pick up fee for a guide: yen2000,

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

Important Information

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Linda H.

Jan 28, 2020

Passionate about Japan

Kashima was flexible and knowledgeable. We had an itinerary we wanted and he made it happen. We had a group of 14 which included 8 kids. He handled it fabulously!

Kashima H.

Linda san, Thank you very much for your great and inspired review for me. It was great time for me to support you,your family and your friends with total 14 people for Mt.Fuji tour. We visited Mt.Fuji area such as Lake-Kawaguchi, Fugaku-Fuketsu, Mt.KachiKachi viewing by Ropeway, Ohhashi bridge hiking over Lake Kawaguchi, Ohishi park and Oshino Hakkai by using a Micro bus. The weather on the day was very fine and I was pleased that all your group could see no more beautiful Mt.Fuji at every visiting spots with the shape of different angle. Specially, I was very much impressed that all 8 kids enjoyed snow and throwing snowball each other which were piled up on the area because they saw actual snow at the first time there. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your group about Japanese history, culture, famous people and daily life comparing with that in your country. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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Diane R.

Dec 31, 2019

Wonderful daytrip from Kyoto to Osaka

Kashima is very good guide who was extremely accommodating and took our U.S. family of 5 round trip from Kyoto to Osaka by train. He planned a very interesting day for us that we enjoyed immensely. A nice variety of sights and experiences at a good active pace. Definitely recommend!

Kashima H.

Diane san, Thank you very much for your warm and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support you and your family for Osaka tour. We visited Osaka castle, Dotonbori including river cruising, Kuromon market and Umeda sky building. I am very much pleased that you, your husband and your three children could have lots of experience and impression of these tour spots. Specially, Osaka castle related with Samurai top worriers with great historical background, the best eating streets in Japan by tasting various interesting foods and overwhelming Osaka night view from Umeda Sky building. Also, we could enjoy exchanging lots of conversation with you and your family about Japanese culture and daily life comparing with that in your country. I hope that you continue to enjoy Japan tour and I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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I-lin L.

Dec 6, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

I organised this tour on behalf of a teenager who is fascinated with the Yamato battleship so this tour had to be very customised and Kashima-San lived up to the challenge! The boy really enjoyed himself. The guide spoke good English, very polite and respectful and he was flexible with the schedule. In fact the family said that they would highly recommend Kashima-San to others who visits Hiroshima!

Kashima H.

I-Lin san, Thank you very much for your great and utmost review for me. It was great time for me to support your mother and your family for Hiroshima tour. We visited Yamato-museum where we could see the models (1/10) of Battleship named “Yamato” and lots of other ships and actual objects of submarine & airplane “Zero fighter plane”. There are many historical background explanations, photos and actual objects & ship models exhibited which are historically very important ones manufactured before and during World War2. Also, we visited Atomic bomb dome and Peace memorial museum. I am pleased that we could enjoyed a lot. Specially, your mother's young boy is so clever and has lots of knowledge about Yamato and related Japanese history. I am so much impressive for him. He has so strong curiosity about the tour spots history and we could exchange lots of information each other. I am looking forward to meeting with you and your family again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

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May bn N.

Nov 11, 2019

A day at Miyajima/Hiroshima

Kashima-san organized the timing of the trip very well. Even there were situation where stayed longer than, he did an effort to change the timing of Shinkansen tickets and didn’t try to rush us. He well explained to us history of places we visit and patiently responded to all our questions.

Kashima H.

May san, Thank you very much for your great review for me and selecting me as a guide for you precious Hiroshima tour, I am very much pleased that you and your friends could enjoy Hiroshima tour including Miyajima island, Itsukushima shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum and Atomic dome. These tour spots are historically one of the most important tour spots in Japan which are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Thanks to your strong curiosity, we could exchange lots of deep Q & A about Itsukushima shrine and the detail information of Atomic Bomb attack in Hiroshima city. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in near future. Thanks, Kashima

$369/ per group

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