Tomioka City is an enchanting city nestled in Gunma, Japan, 2 hours from Tokyo.
With a rich cultural heritage, Tomioka is home to the iconic Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflecting the city’s historical significance in silk production which contributed to Japan’s modernization.
Visitors with children may also be excited to know that Tomioka has a Safari Park and a Natural History Museum where children can meet many life size dinosaurs.
Tomioka is also home to Mt. Myogi a unique looking rocky mountain offering challenging hiking courses and sakura viewing in early April.
The easiest way to visit Tomioka City from Tokyo is by train or by car. By train take the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to JR Takasaki station and change to Joshin Dentetsu Line and get off at Joshu-Tomioka Station (approx 2 hours). By car it is about 1.5 hours drive.
From Tokyo to Tomioka
There are many family run local Japanese restaurants in Tomioka offering Japanese curry and soba dishes.
Tomiokais a large city and has a variety of western style restaurants from chains to local family run restaurants and cafes. There is also a popular Matcha ice-cream parlor called Chafe Chakichi offering many different tea flavored Match ice creams.
Okkirikomi (おっきりこみ) is a traditional pot dish with flat udon noodles, vegetables, and broth seasoned with miso or soy sauce. The name “Okkirikomi” comes from the method of cutting in the noodles win a specific way.
There are a few 3 star western style hotels in Tomioka including a one on a golf course with excellent views of Mt. Myogi.
There are a few Japanese style accommodations including a farm stay offering cooking & farming experiences and a nice traditional inn.