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Tango Silk Weaving Tradition

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Experience 1300 years of history at the epicenter of Japan's silk culture

Kyoto by the Sea DMO


The northern part of Kyoto Prefecture facing the Sea of Japan, known as Kyoto by the Sea, has a long history of silk production: 1300 years and counting. The Tango region, in particular, where the ancient Tango Kingdom is said to have flourished from the 3rd to 5th centuries, is Japan's largest silk fabric production area and is responsible for 70 percent of Japan’s high-quality kimono silk. From weavers to merchant houses that have been converted into museums, and even temples and shrines dedicated to the gods and protectors of silk, experience Japan’s silk culture in Kyoto by the Sea.



The towns of Yosano and Kyotango are the main productions centers of silk in the region. Yosano has a historic street called Chirimen Kaido, where buildings dating back to the end of the Edo period (1603-1868) have been preserved. Chirimen refers to a variety of textured crepe silk which is used for high-grade kimono. Tango chirimen silk is of the highest quality and only produced in this area. Designated as a Japan Heritage, Tango chirimen celebrated its 300-year anniversary in 2020.


Former Bito Residence


When visiting Yosano, be sure to check out the Former Bito Residence, which belonged to a wealthy merchant family involved in the silk trade. Built between 1863 and 1865, the house now serves as a cultural museum and base of operations for one of the area’s most-booked experiences: the Tango Chirimen Real Kimono Experience, where visitors can try on authentic chirimen silk kimono and walk the historic streets. 




How to get there


From Kyoto Station take the limited express train to Amanohashidate Station (2 hours), change to a local train for Yosano Station (10 minutes), then take a bus to Chirimen Kaido (20 minutes).


Ushirono, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto



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