How to get from Tokyo to Tomioka
Take the JR Joetsu Shinkansen (50-60 minutes, around 5000 yen one way) or a local train along the JR Takasaki Line (about 110 minutes, around 1980 yen one way) from Tokyo to Takasaki. At Takasaki, transfer to the Joshin Railway to Joshu-Tomioka (35 minutes, 810 yen one way). A special round trip ticket is available for 2200 yen that includes admission to the Tomioka Silk Mill in addition to the train rides between Takasaki and Joshu-Tomioka. The JR Tokyo Wide Pass covers the entire trip from Tokyo to Tomioka, but other JR passes are not valid on the Joshin Railway.
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The Tomioka Silk Mill is relatively easily reached by public transportation, but the other three related sites are not, as they are distributed over a wide area, and access by public transportation is infrequent at best. Consequently, a rental car is recommended to those who intend to visit the other related sites. There are a number of rental car outlets available around JR Takasaki Station and one outlet near Joshu-Tomioka Station.