Since the town of Kiryu Shinmachi was formed in 1591, this district has been a center of the textile industry and supported the economic development in Kiryu. The textile industry in Kiryu achieved the height of its prosperity from the Taisho Period to the early Showa Period and there stood many store buildings of the textile industry, including those of brokers, thread merchants, kimono fabric dealers and dye goods traders, in the streets of Kiryu Shinmachi at that time.
There remain merchant houses, textile factories, boarding houses and sento (public bathhouses), reminding us of the lifestyle of female workers.
- The whole area of 1- and 2-chome of Hon-cho and a part of 1-chome of Tenjin-cho, Kiryu-shi
- Only from outside (no entry is allowed onto the grounds)
Guided tour available (reservation required, paid)
2 hours, JPY 1,500 for a group of 11-15 people (the guide fee varies depending on hours and the number of people)
- Approx. 15 minutes on foot from Kiryu Station on the JR Ryomo Line, approx. 25 minutes from Ota-Kiryu IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
The free bus service “MAYU” is available (only on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays), taking a route from Kiryu Station around the preservation districts for groups of traditional buildings
- Available (paid)
- Division of Town Development for Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, Kiryu City
Kiryu City Tourism Exchange Division for inquiries on guides