Points of interest in Kanto-Koshinetsu
In Tokyo, it is fun to visit wherever you are interested in, for example Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree, Akihabara and Shinjuku Gyoen (Imperial Garden). Also you can enjoy the suburbs of Tokyo such as Yokohama, Hakone, Kamakura (ancient capital) by train.
Visiting places where were used in the famous animation and comics has become popular. The place that appears in the poster of the famous animated film “Your name” is the stairs of Suga shrine in Shinjuku. It is popular to visit the stairs among young generation though it used to be a silent place. Other places are “Kokoro ga sakebitagatterunda” (known as “kokosake”, in english “The Anthem of the Heart”) and “Anohi mita hana no namae wo bokutachi wa mada siranai” (known as “anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”) located in Chichibu city, Saitama prefecture. “GIRLS and PANZER”’s birth place is Oarai Town, Ibaraki prefecture. “Hamatora” is in Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture. Neon Genesis EVANGELION is in Hakone town Kanagawa prefecture. “Mimi wo sumaseba” (“Whisper of the Heart” in English) is in Tama city, Tokyo.
The World Heritage site: Shrines and Temples of Nikko.
In Nikko city, Tochigi prefecture, the shrines and temples such as the Futarasan shrine, the Toshogu shrine and the Rinno-ji temple were listed as a Cultural site of World Heritage in 1999. The Futarasan shrine and Rinno-ji temple were built 1250 years ago, have developed a unique syncretism of Buddhism and Shinto. The photo is the relief of "Sanzaru". The three monkeys are also known as "Three Wise Monkeys" in English. They embodies an old proverb,which is “see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil”.
■THE WORLD HERITAGE SHRINES AND TEMPLES OF NIKKO.
The The World Heritage site: Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
Tomioka Silk Mill is Japan’s first machinery silk mill established at Tomioka city in Gunma prefecture. One of the main products that Japan started to export to foreign countries during the Edo period was raw silk. At present, the level of Japanese manufactures are highly recognized worldwide, but at that time Japanese products were internationally low-graded due to the overproduction of poor products. To solve this issue, the government of Japan in Meiji period decided to establish a machinery silk factory. In 1872, as the first government-operated model silk factory of Japan, the Meiji government established the Tomioka Silk Mill to encourage the modernization of Japan. The factory contributed to not only the modernization but also to the innovation in silk industry. The whole area of the factory was listed as national historic landmark and original buildings were listed as national treasures and important cultural properties.
■World Heritage Tomioka Silk Mill
Sightseeing in Kanto
After visiting Nikko, You may visit Edo wonderland Nikko Edomura in which you can experience Edo culture, like the daily lives of Ninja. There is also Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko) which is famous for its beautiful autumn leaves in autumn, and it is listed as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan. Around there, you can also enjoy hot springs such as Kinugawa and Kawaji.