Tomioka Silk Mill is the
Japan's first modern factory founded in Tomioka city.
It is located about 0.6 km southwest of Joshu-Tomioka station on Joshin Railways.
After opening the country in the 1860s, silk was one of Japan's
But it was handcrafted in Japan to spin silkworm cocoons into a thread.
So by rapid increase in exports, production bottlenecks reduced the quality substantially.
In the result, the Japanese government decided to found a modern
factory with large-scale machines.
So the government imported silk reeling machines and steam engines from France, under the lead of Paul Brunat who was a French engineer staying in Japan.
Then the large factory was built in 1872 in Tomioka city boasting a sericultural industry.
This state-run factory had several hundred excellent female workers
from all over the country.
And it had created high-quality silk again, then the Japanese silk enjoyed a reputation abroad.
In 1893, this factory was sold into private hands, and it had been
operated until 1987.
It was designated as a national historic spot in 2005, and was designated as a national important cultural property in 2006.
And, this was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2014.
Most buildings in this factory are relatively in good
When you visit here, you must take part in its paid guided tour.
Tomioka Silk Mill official website : The website by Tomioka City
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