Highlights of Kiryu City

Once known as the Capital of ‘Textile Manufacturing’ in Japan, Kiryu City (桐生市) has been producing silk fabric for more than 1,200 years.

Friendly locals are happy to demonstrate their silk craft which has been deeply rooted in this area. They also offer many workshops using their traditional weaving machines.

From JR Kiryu station you can hire free bicycles which will help getting around town easier if you are visiting by train.

Kiryu is the starting point of the Watarase Keikoku Railway a railway. This railway line takes tourists up the mountain valleys towards Ashio copper mines and Nikko (UNESCO world heritage site). 


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Things to DO

Weave & Wear a Silk item

Kiryu city offers many activities related to Silk weaving. Many places offer traditional silk weaving experiences and workshops. There is also an affordable Kimono rental for visitors wanting an authentic Japanese experience.

Travel up the Watarase Keikoku Railway

Watarase Keikoku Railway is a popular train that carries tourist up through the valleys towards Ashio. Enjoy breathtaking scenery from the windows of the train especially during the Autumn season.

Hire a bicycle

JR Kiryu Station has FREE bicycle hire (power-assisted bicycles).

Window shopping for a Samurai Sword

One of Kiryu’s best hidden secrets is a small Samurai Sword Shop. This shop sells antique samurai swords. Some are almost as valuable to be national treasures! 

To find out how you can enjoy Kiryu city, check out this 2 day itinerary packed with ideas of what to do, where to eat, where to stay and more.


Places to EAT

Japanese Food

Kiryu is know for Sauce Katsudon (fried pork cutlet on rice), Himokawa Udon (flat udon noodles) and Potato Yakisoba.

Western Food

French and  Italian restaurants can be easily found in the city.

Places to STAY

Ryokan with Onsen (Japanese style)

Nashigi Onsen in Kiryu is a Hotspring (Onsen). There is a Ryokan where you can experience beautiful Japanese nature.

Hotel (Western style)

There are several western style hotels near Kiryu station

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Kiryu available at here.

Temple Stay (Shukubo)

Enjoy a rare opportunity to  stay in a Japanese temple. The Kannonin has been newly refurbished and offers all the amenities western travelers need.

Want prices?

Find the full list of hotels in Kiryu available at here.

Holiday rental (Airbnb)

Several places are available in Mashiko.

Want prices?

Find the full list of airbnb’s available at aribnb here.

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Mashiko Travel Guide

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