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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Culture

Nishijin Textile Center 西陣織会館

Look, learn and listen at this museum dedicated to textile and kimono manufacturing

Kyoto has been at the center of kimono and textile production in Japan for the past 1,000 years. Visit Nishijin to learn about the history of and see demonstrations of this ancient art.

Quick Facts

The origins of Nishijin go back to the 5th century, with textiles developed for the Imperial Court

Nishijin Textile Center is run by the Nishijin Textile Industry Association, a trade guild of around 500 textile manufacturers, weavers and others working in the kimono trade

How to Get There

Nishijin Textile Center is easily accessible by train or bus from JR Kyoto Station.

By train: Take the Karasuma Subway line north to Imadegawa Station. Walk west along Imadegawa-dori for approximately 20 minutes.

Alternatively, Kyoto City Bus #9 passes the Horikawa Imadegawa bus stop near the center. Factor around 30 minutes for your entire journey.

A workshop/museum hybrid

Perhaps the center's biggest draw is its kimono fashion show, which showcases truly grand kimono in various styles and forms. The show takes place on an hourly basis.

The center's second floor is a hub of learning. Watch local craftspeople weave and sew intricate creations, or observe the silkworm breeding farm and learn how threads are made.

The third floor features a gallery of the most impressive kimono from earlier times with exhibits changing throughout the year.

Try your hand at weaving

If you want a more hands-on experience, the center offers traditional small-loom weaving classes. Try your hand at making a place mat, scarf or crafting items out of silkworm cocoons.

Get dressed up

Visitors can rent and wear kimono from the center for photographic purposes or stroll the streets of Kyoto in traditional garb. Fancier kimono, like those worn by maiko (geisha in training) or ladies of the court, are also available. You can even get your face painted in the traditional make up of the day.

The center's gift shop sells many items including local foodstuffs, Japanese dolls, prints, neckties, handbags, and of course an array of kimono and textiles.

Admission to the Nishijin Textile Center is free and no reservations are needed.

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