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Tomioka Silk Mill, Tomioka

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History Museum Historic Site
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. Make Tomioka Silk Mill a part of your Tomioka vacation plans using our Tomioka vacation builder.
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  • It's a whole silk village really, with female/male workers' accommodation, hospital, director's house and the fabric halls. It gives a good impression and an overview on how the silk industry develope...  more »
  • This place became a Unesco world heritage site back in 2014 and at last i had the opportunity to go. Entrance is 1000 yen but if you want to go along with a tour its extra 200 yen. Also they were doin...  more »
  • There are several sections to this place. After having paid the basic entry fee, you have access to the reeling, accommodation, warehouse and shop. The remainder of the facility requires more money, w...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The factory has a feeling, I like it.
  • good place