Tomioka Silk Mill is Japan’s oldest modern model silk reeling factory, established in 1872 by the Japanese government. It is located in the old city of Tomioka, in Gunma prefecture, about 100 km northwest of Tokyo.
The factory is designated by the government as a historical site and all its buildings are preserved in very good condition. On June 21, 2014 Tomioka Silk Mill was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site.
The nearest railway station to Tomioka Silk Mill is “Joshu Tomioka” on the Joshin Dentetsu Line, about 10 minutes on foot.
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