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Explore Kurohone village on an e-bike (Discover Kiryu city)

Discover Kiryu City

Jump back in time to a storied old silk town in the scenic countryside

Temples with sakura in Kiryu city

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Step back into Edo period Japan

How to get around? (click)

Most of the cultural sites and activities in Kiryu are within walking distance from the station.



Mayu open-air electric bus:

The Mayu open-air electric bus. It’s great for the environment and moves at the perfect speed to leisurely take in the sights of the town. (Available on weekends. Price: free.)



Watarase Keikoku Railway:

For destinations in Kurohone on the outskirts of town, you can take the scenic Watarase Keikoku Railway.

What should I do? (click)

Silk and culture:

The most fun way to enjoy Kiryu is to experience its rich silk and textile history first hand: try on a kimono, or try your hand at silk spinning, weaving, or indigo dying!



Buildings:

We also recommend checking out the many cultural heritage sites and galleries with unique historic atmosphere. These are great places to buy silk accessories and goods.



Nature:

Once you’ve had your fill of downtown, don’t forget to explore the rolling hills and beautiful temples outside town via e-bike!

When is the best time to go? (click)

All silk and kimono experiences are available all-year-round so you won’t be disappointed no matter when you visit.



Kurohone:

Kurohone is particularly beautiful starting from cherry and peach blossom season in April, all the way until the leaves turn to autumn colors in November.



Yagibushi Festival:

For festival lovers, you won’t want to miss the Yagibushi Festival on the first weekend in August—500,000 people gather from in and outside of Kiryu to dance in the streets and enjoy Japanese festival food and music.

Where can I get more info? (click)

Akagi Trip(www.akagi-trip.com/en) has all the info you need to plan your trip to Kiryu. 

 

You can also find more information in our Kiryu city page (https://nearbytokyo.com/portfolio-item/kiryu-city/)

 

There is also information for tourists on the city’s English website (www.city.kiryu.lg.jp/english).

 

For direct inquiries, you can contact Akagi Trip here 

(www.akagi-trip.com/en/contact).

How to get to Kiryu city? (click)

The easiest way to get to Kiryu city is to catch the limited express train from Asakusa Station in Tokyo. The journey takes around 100min. There are also trains from Takasaki Station (JR Hokuriku/Joetsu Shinkansen) and Oyama Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen).

 

For train times check this english site. (external)

Japan Transit Planner

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Itinerary

Discover Kiryu City in 2DAYS

Day 1

Indigo Dyeing at Yukari
There’s no better way to start your trip in this old silk town than by trying your hands at indigo dyeing. Create your own, one-of-a-kind handkerchief with traditional Japanese indigo dye. Not only will you be making memories, you’ll also be making a beautiful souvenir to remind you of your trip.
Discover Kiryu city and try indigo dying at Yukari
Himokawa Udon at Momotaro

One of the best things about travel is enjoying the local cuisine. Why not start by trying the flat Himokana udon noodle? These 10cm wide noodles are not only delicious, but they’re fun to eat. Don’t miss out on this delicious local dish because you will only find them here in Kiryu. Yum!

Himokawa Udon at Momotaro in Kiryu city (Gunma)
Try on a kimono and have a photoshoot

The best way to feel you’ve gone back in time is to dress for the part. Kiryu is famous for its silk-weaving history, so there is no better place to try a kimono! Pick up a gorgeous kimono and walk through the historic silk district. Don’t forget to take photos and drop by one of the lovely cafes.

Discover Kiryu city in Kimono
Kannon-inn Temple Stay

You’re not coming back to the present day just yet! Stay overnight at a temple in their beautifully converted guest rooms. Decked out with all the amenities you could need, and a Japanese garden it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day of taking in the cultural activities of Kiryu.

Stay in a temple and discover Kiryu city (Gunma prefecture)

Day 2

A monk's morning activities

Make the most of your temple stay by following the morning routine of a monk. You could try a relaxing Zazen Buddhist meditation, or copying the sutras. Your trip will be full of one-of-a-kind hands-on experiences for you to tell your friends about.

Monk's morning activities in Kiryu city
Scenic Railway

Sit back and relax as you ride the old-fashioned Watarase Keikoku Tetsudo Railway. Along your journey, you’ll take in all the scenic views of the beautiful Watarase Valley. The picturesque river surrounded by luscious greenery is sure to take your breath away.

Discover Kiryu city and hop on the Watarase Keikoku Tetsudo
Kurohone Village e-bike adventure

After a train ride, let the wind rush past you on this electric-assisted bike ride through the rich nature and rural villages. E-bikes are the perfect way to enjoy the views without breaking a sweat. Your guide will provide you with insights into the Japanese country lifestyle.

Discover Kiryu city by taking a e-bike tour in Kurohone village
Local Lunch

After cycling, treat yourself to a delicious Japanese lunch. Explore the hidden gems tucked away in the forest. Dishes include tasty ramen, baked curry or Kiryu’s famous sauce-flavored katsudon. You’ll find it hard to decide what to order. Whatever you select, you’ll leave feeling satisfied.

Hidden temples

Fit in a last few moments of zen on your trip by visiting the beautiful hidden temples There is a temple decorated with stunning wood carvings great to admire and a temple where you can ring the temple bell to remember your trip.

Discover hidden temples in Kiryu city

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