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Tomioka Silk Mill

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Underwhelming UNESCO site ...

I visited here because I love visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And this is one of those times... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
Rather poor world heritage site

Honestly, no idea why this place became a world heritage site. There is very little in terms of... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2018
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3 weeks ago
“Underwhelming UNESCO site ...”
28 Oct 2018
“Rather poor world heritage site”
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1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka 370-2316, Gunma Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited here because I love visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And this is one of those times when I was rather disappointed. A good part of the complex was under renovation, possibly in anticipation of more people coming. Until then, only one wing was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Asperger_Singapore
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Honestly, no idea why this place became a world heritage site. There is very little in terms of original buildings and things to see. Interesting to see the traditional silk weaving technology but that alone is not worth the price. The place is not really...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

It is the site of silk factory which started operation before 145 years ago. At that time, it was the largest factory in Japan, and large machines and warehouses remained in the premises. There was also luxurious mansions for instructors who were invited from France,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank mat_mak
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed this place. I took a guide tour in Japanese, the volunteer Guide-san showed me the site excellently. Also, the other staff members at many places answered me many questions. For instance, the East Storage is under construction, and a staff-san explained me the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank W7927SH_
Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is an historic silk mill that's been kind of restored and opened to the public. The museum is pretty good. NOTE - there IS an English brochure that explains all the displays in detail. But it's not easy to find. I asked a security...More

Date of experience: June 2017
5  Thank Asterix135
Reviewed 4 June 2017

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 developed in Japan. Apparently it took French engineering to propel it along. The English information...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank quiggel
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

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 doing some roof reconstruction...More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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, which is disappointing. On specific days there are people that demonstrate silk reeling...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank FritsMetz
Reviewed 16 June 2016

It was mainly Japanese tourists visiting the day we went, entry was 1000 yen but one section of the mill you had to hire a safety hat for 200 yen which wasn't a problem The displays were explained in Englishh Its a world Heritage site...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank 528956John_C
Reviewed 18 July 2015

When we arrived, the queue was already there. Lots of local travellers. Drove around as we noticed that the parking nearby was expensive. Anyway, later we spend about 500 yen for 2.5hrs parking. As we didn't really understand what that fellow was trying to tell...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank canberra421
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