The city and prefecture's history threaded tightly together
The city of Tomioka in southwest Gunma has become synonymous with the modernization of industry in Japan.
How to Get There
Tomioka is accessible by train or car.
From Takasaki Station, take the Joshin Dentetsu for about 50 minutes and get off at Nishi-Tomioka Station.
From Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen or Hokuriku Shinkasen to Takasaki then the Joshin Dentetsu to Nishi-Tomioka Station. The journey takes two hours.
The 1,400-year-old Shrine
One of Gunma's most important shrines is located in Tomioka. The 1,400-year-old Nukisaki-jinja Shrine (National Important Cultural Property) houses the god of weaving and agriculture.
Other nearby attractions
The Gunma Safari Park is close by, as well as the Tomioka Museum of Natural History, which includes around 30 dinosaur skeletons.
Important World Heritage Sites about silk
The Tomioka Silk Mill and related sites, including Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm, Takayama-sha Sericulture School, and Arafune Cold Storage, were listed as World Heritage Sites in 2014, in recognition of the important role they played in bringing silk to the world.
Stroll around the streets
Strolling around the streets, you will notice an unmistakable French influence in recognition of the building site director and French employees who worked when the Silk Mill was first established.