Slip into the World of Silk: Tango Chirimen in Yosano
Take a stroll down historic Japan Heritage streets in a luxurious kimono
Stroll through Yosano Town dressed in an elegant, high-grade kimono and you may even catch the faint rattling of weaving looms. Long renowned for its textile production, the region once supplied some 60% of the silk used for kimonos in Japan. Discover firsthand the town's pride and joy, Tango chirimen silk—a textured crepe of head-turning quality and sophistication rooted in techniques developed during the feudal Edo period.
With an experienced guide in tow, gain a deep insight into traditional production techniques at two of the town's weaving houses, with expertise spanning three centuries. Go behind the scenes at Watamasa for an inside look at the distinctive patterns and fine crimped surface that make this textile so unique. Shibata Orimono's original dyed fabrics have even morphed into Hollywood costumes and kimonos presented to the Barcelona Olympics.
Experience the unique texture for yourself and choose from an array of pure silk kimonos. All dressed up with nowhere to go? Think again. Enjoy an optional matcha tea experience in the exquisitely decorated Former Bito Family Residence. Designated a Tangible Cultural Property by Kyoto Prefecture, the grand house preserves original furniture and belongings of the distinguished chirimen merchants who once called it home.
Tucked in a part of Kyoto Prefecture that often goes under the radar, the unique textile town of Yosano lies far north of Kyoto City, near the Japan Sea and the scenic site of Amanohashidate. About two hours from central Kyoto via the Hashidate Limited Express and local trains—or less than two hours by car—it makes an excellent day trip from the bustling old capital.
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