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Tomioka Silk Mill
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Built in 1872 by the Meiji governemnt, Tomioka Silk Mill was the first western factory built in Japan, and served as the model for future factories of its kind. The main building is a rare example of the combination of traditional Japanese and modern Western architecture, as you can see in the bricks used to support the wooden frames and traditional Japanese ceramic tiles for the roof. In 2014 it was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as well as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka, Gunma
Adults 1000High school/University students(student ID card required) 250Elementary and junior high school students(free of charge if living inside the city) 150
9:00-17:00 (Admission ends at 16:30)
Year-end Holidays: December 29, 30 and 31. Wednesdays (Thursday, If a national holiday falls on a Wednesday)Open during Golden Week Holidays (April 25-May 10), Summer Vacation (July 18-August 31)Gunma Citizens' Day (October 28)
At "Takasaki Station" of Joshin Line, you can get a round-trip ticket with discount coupon for the admission for the Tomioka Silk Mill. You can stop over using the ticket only once.
About 15-minute walk (1km) from Joshu Tomioka Station (It takes about 40 minutes by Joshin Dentetsu from JR Takasaki Station to the station)
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