Tomioka Silk Mill富岡製糸場
In the Meiji era (1868-1912), some of the raw silk exported from Japan was of poor quality, and foreign countries demanded that the quality be good. Therefore, the country decided to build a Tomioka Silk Mill, learn machine silk reeling technology from the West, spread the technology nationwide, and export a large amount of high-quality raw silk. The Tomioka Silk Mill was completed in 1872 (Meiji 5) with the cooperation of France and became a model for the machine silk mill. The Tomioka Silk Mill received UNESCO world heritage status in 2014 for its crucial role in making Japanese silk a major, international trade commodity and establishing the textile industry as the country's most important industry which it remained for many decades into the 20th century. Learn about Japan's push towards rapid modernization in the 19th century, in which the country aspired to be a major industrial nation.
In the guided tour, a professional guide will guide you around the venue in about 40 minutes.
The audio guide machine allows you to tour the venue while listening to the commentary at your own pace.
Opening hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (Last entry 16:30)
Closed: End of the year (Dec 29-31)
There is no private parking lot, please use the nearby toll parking lot.
1) Nearest parking lot (MC: 94 002 243 * 32/500 yen for the first hour, 100 yen every 20 minutes thereafter)
2) Inari Park, about 200m east (MC: 94 002 220 * 63/100 yen every 30 minutes)
Please note that the surrounding parking lots close earlier. (e.g .: The nearest parking lot (18:00) and Inari Park (17:00))]
Adult 1,000 yen
High school / university student (student card required) 250 yen
Elementary and junior high school students 150 yen
Guided tour participation (commentary by commentator) Adults 200 yen, junior high school students and younger 100 yen
Voice guide machine rental 200 yen"
About 50 minutes by car or 50km to Karuizawa Town.