The Tomioka Silk Mill is located in Gunma Prefecture, about 75 miles from Tokyo. This mill first opened in Japan in 1872, when the government tried to recruit young women to work at the factory. The silk mill was one of the first campaigns created by Emperor Meiji, who was trying to globalize Japan and make them more industrious. At the time, raw silk was Japan’s most important export, so a factory seemed crucial to bring Japan to the...Read More
Located two hours drive from Tokyo in the Gunma Prefecture sits Lockheart Castle. This famous castle has been featured in numerous Japanese movies and dramas, including the loved “Kaibutsu-kun” and “Atashinchi no Danshi”. While the castle complex is reachable by public transportation, it is a bit more difficult as you’ll need to take a train followed by a bus or a taxi. Once you arrive, you’ll have a sprawling 25 acres to explore for...Read More
‘Ikaho-onsen’ hot spring resort north of Tokyo, the origin of it goes back to the 8th century, features ‘Ishidan’ long stone steps built in the 16th century.
This historical hot spring resort had attracted many well-known writers and artists since the ‘Meiji’ period in the 19th century, furthermore an Imperial villa and the summer residence of an ambassador from the Kingdom of Hawaii stood at the same time. Long steep stone steps, flanked with so many ‘ryokan’ Japanese style hotels, gift shops and restaurants, are its selling points. Thanks to the developmennt of...Read More
In the heart of Japan, there is a crane with its wings spread wide. Can’t find it? Look closer at Gunma prefecture and you will see its outline. Literally translated as “herd of horses,” Gunma used to be the center of horse breeding. At only 100km away from Tokyo, it only takes about 50 minutes to get there using the Shinkansen. Aside from the production of Takasaki Daruma and Sosaku Kokeshi dolls, Gunma is famous for its onsen...Read More