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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  • Or unpopular to expect the spectacular world heritage site was very interesting for me love may be the modern history of Japan. People, we took a leisurely tour. Too much going in a large group of people may not be.
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  • World Heritage sites are so wanted to go from the front, so I visited. Was crowded with many tourists, but people are much too was relieved, not the State. In the factory that has been well preserved remains of the old was impressed.
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  • The World Heritage Factory, where you can see the ancient Meiji era of architecture, as part of the renovation, to hire a helmet. And here you have a whole list of the machines that have been used. Because of the relationship between people, the traffic control in the vicinity, the driving is not convenient, and the museum side does not provide visitors to the parking lot.
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  • Expensive for what they offer. I have been many many world heritage site but sadly, this was the least Interesting place. Won't go back again.
  • It was a good place to visit. Very easy to get to from the station. It was about a 10-15 minute walk to the silk mill. Plenty of local shops and eateries on the way there. The admission fee is 1000 yen. you can also rent a audio tour guide for 200 yen which is what I did. If you want to save money, you can download the app they have and listen to the audio guide for free. (then you have to worry about data though) They will also give you a little stamp sheet scavenger hunt. 4 stamps. You then bring the sheet to the tourist shop and they give you a little free button. Overall I enjoyed the place as a cultural experience and learning about Japan's silk mill trade.
  • Fascinating place! They have tours in English and augmented reality glasses, and just the whole place is cool. Worth a visit if you're in Gunma.
  • Much better than expected.
  • It's an interesting historial site, but there is a major lack of information in English: only a brochure and a internet audio guide. Or you can pay to rent one. Tours are free in Japanese. The site is currently underdevelopment with construction being done on the buildings and architectural remains of buildings being unearthed. If you go on the weekends, you can see real silk worms and touch the cocoons! There is also a demonstration of silk spinning. Without being able to read the signs, you can walk through this site in under an hour.

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