Tomioka Silk Mill, Tomioka

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A World Heritage Site dating back to 1872, Tomioka Silk Mill represents the oldest example of a silk reeling factory in Japan. An important symbol of industrial development under the Meiji government, the mill maintains its condition to a high standard, with much of the warehouse kept exactly as it was when it closed in 1987. Explore four vast sites, each corresponding to different stages of silk production, from a cold storage facility for silk worm eggs, to the large raw silk reeling plant. Audio guides are available in English. Start your trip to Tomioka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • I came here at the request of my granddaughter, who studied "World Heritage" in class and raised a kite. The architecture is beautiful like a warehouse reminiscent of Yokohama and Hakodate, and the outline of the silk mill was well understood, with looms lined up in the factory, and belt conveyors with patterns for water supply running on top. However, it takes a vinyl cover to any loom, and it is not clearly visible, and it is not possible to touch it. I was not expecting that the loom could be seen as the fabric was woven by the sound of Gattan and Cotton, or that the mannequin's women's craftsmen were weaving side by side. The elderly person in charge in one place showed me more yarn because it looked like a bamboo broom from a pot boiled down, but "Oh, it's lunch!" I was surprised to leave the customer who was watching and go to the break. It seems to be possible to have a simple experience if money is put out, but time is limited. My grandson, who was taking notes, also enjoyed the museum shop, saying, "I'll see a brochure later." I am sorry that there is a reproduction of the time when the factory was more specific, and I think that the child was interested.
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  • It is a mechanical silk mill that laid the foundation for the development of Japan's silk industry in the Meiji era and contributed greatly to technological innovation and exchange siancation with other countries, and was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014. Large-scale repair work is currently being carried out for damage caused by heavy snow until March 2019, and the places where visitors can visit are limited.
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  • 1,000 yen isn’t bad but all the signs are in Japanese only. For being a world heritage building since 2014, you’d think they’d get on with the signs. There’s a second area but you have to pay again to go in. The history is great but they could do more about the history of silk overall as well. You get a small glance at some of the old machines but mostly all the newer type machines. It’s in renovation
  • Interesting place with rich history, there is a website with English audio files of the Japanese audio guide. A bit expensive; I can't quite remember the price.
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