Kiryu City has been producing silk fabric for more than 1,200 years and has been known as the ‘Textile Manufacturing Capital’ of Japan. With silk crafts deeply rooted in this area, visitors can enjoy workshops using traditional weaving machines and bring home a unique souvenir.
Right outside Kiryu station free bicycles are available to explore the town and the Watarase Keikoku Railway will give access to the mountainous valley towards the Ashio copper mines and the famous Nikko UNESCO world heritage site.
This two day travel itinerary offers the best Kiryu has to offer and is an activity packed escape into this old silk town. Start with indigo dyeing and move on to discover the local area wearing a kimono, then check into a temple for the night.
With a chance to following the morning routine of a monk, guests can try a relaxing Zazen Buddhist meditation or copying the sutras; a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience.
Of course there are also plenty of must-eat food options, with the local Himokawa udon noodle, only available in Kiryu, Japan!