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Address: 1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka 370-2316, Gunma Prefecture
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real worms and real performance of how silk thread is made

This place became a Unesco world heritage site back in 2014 and at last i had the opportunity to go. Entrance is 1000 yen but if you want to go along with a tour its extra 200... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
manekkin
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Japan
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38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This place became a Unesco world heritage site back in 2014 and at last i had the opportunity to go. Entrance is 1000 yen but if you want to go along with a tour its extra 200 yen. Also they were doing some roof reconstruction and they showed the roof area for yet another 200yen extra. (Don't bother with this... More 

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Thank manekkin
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There are several sections to this place. After having paid the basic entry fee, you have access to the reeling, accommodation, warehouse and shop. The remainder of the facility requires more money, which is disappointing. On specific days there are people that demonstrate silk reeling in the traditional way, which is quite interesting. They encourage public participation. One of the... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

It was mainly Japanese tourists visiting the day we went, entry was 1000 yen but one section of the mill you had to hire a safety hat for 200 yen which wasn't a problem The displays were explained in Englishh Its a world Heritage site but I personally preferred the Temples at Nikko which are also a world Heritage site... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

When we arrived, the queue was already there. Lots of local travellers. Drove around as we noticed that the parking nearby was expensive. Anyway, later we spend about 500 yen for 2.5hrs parking. As we didn't really understand what that fellow was trying to tell us (shopowner or residents were opening up their shop front to allow visitors to park... More 

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Thank canberra421
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

After paying the 1000yen and entering the Silk Mill we had discovered that we had been tricked. The Silk Mill is a Silk Mill but it's not a tourist attraction. My favourite was when the 200yen audio guide (and free map) referenced the 'cocoon drying facility' that was not there! The sign was there - no building. I'm not sure... More 

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Thank traveller610
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

This is by far the worst Unesco world heritage that I have visited. Most of the buildings are not accessible for the public and there are no English descriptions or brochures. How can the ¥1000 entrance fee be justified for walking around the grounds which takes less than 30 minutes? A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

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3 Thank Mana S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

I visited this old factory with my parents in April 2015 during my three week vacation in Japan. It turned out to be a very disappointing experience. As soon as I entered the main area I noticed all sorts of thinkgs lying around, some covered by unsightly blue or green and white, plastic sheets, others left as they were. My... More 

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Toyonaka, Japan
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386 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

By World heritage Hunter.This is Worst,Sorry.I think this is not world,only Tomioka.It,s better to go Asio Cupper mine. これは厳しい。富岡市の遺産でしかない、私が勉強不足なのかもしれないが、日本史の教師でもあります。モノそのものは悪くないのですが、こと世界遺産となると、これはちょっと眉唾物。ハンターである以上、しっかり行ってみてきましたが、足尾銅山(申請中)、日光東照宮の方が、はるかに優れている。

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Tokyo, Japan
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210 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

This 19th century red brick factory structure, and its surrounding buildings, were World Heritage listed in June 2014, so it's currently being mobbed with visitors. This means the best time to visit is a weekday NOT during school holidays. The buildings are quite interesting. The east cocoon warehouse is currently a museum with displays on how silk thread is produced... More 

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1 Thank Banda-in-Japan
New York City, New York
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

An interesting visit. This factory recently received UNESCO World Heritage Site status, so it was pretty crowded. Get the audio guide and watch the videos, it's fascinating.

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