This months destination is Tomioka City, nestled in Gunma, Japan, 2 hours from Tokyo. It is rich in cultural heritage, highlighted by the iconic Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Families with children can also enjoy the Safari Park and Natural History Museum, featuring life-size dinosaurs.
If you like mountains, don’t miss Mt. Myogi, a unique rocky mountain offering challenging hikes and beautiful Sakura viewing in early April.
This month we talked to Tomioka city’s Tourism Office for a friendly chat with Wada Manami san, to learn everything about this very special city.
She shared with us what Tomioka is famous for, including the best spots to visit, what to taste, its famous festivals, and what to buy as souvenirs.
The Tomioka Silk Mill and its related sites are registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. They offer visitors a unique view into how Japan modernized itself and rose to one of the superpowers in the early 20th century.
But why is there a Silk Mill in Tomioka? And why has the city become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Learn more about the fascinating history of Silk and the exchanges between Japan and European Countries during the Meji Era!
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