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Katakura Silk Commemorative Museum

Local history conveyed through silk, seeking a link to tomorrow

The Kumagaya Plant was the last silk mill of Katakura Industries. The Katakura Silk Commemorative Museum uses its cocoon warehouse to share the milling machines actually used at the plant, as well as the process leading up to the fabrication of silk threads, and other aspects of the plant such as what life there was like.

Katakura Industries began in 1873 as a silk hand reeling operation employing ten people in Kawagishi village (now the city of Okaya), in the Suwa District of Nagano Prefecture. The company contributed to research on silkworm eggs and advancements on reeling machines while growing to 62 silk making plants including on the Korean Peninsula, bringing high-quality silk to people throughout the world.

Ownership of the Tomioka Silk Mill was taken over in 1939, and operated continued there until 1987. Recognizing the historical value of the Tomioka Silk Mill, efforts were made to preserve its buildings after ceasing operations, while the spirit fostered there was carried over to the Kumagaya Plant.

The Kumagaya Plant was the last operating Katakura Industries plant. Due to fading demand for silk it ceased operation in 1994, bringing the 121-year silk making history of the company to a close. This facility preserves the history of silk making and the role that it played in advancing the modernization of Japan, as well as its connections with the community and the mark left behind by our predecessors, to continue sharing these with future generations.

Recognized as Heritage of Industrial Modernization in 2007

Machinery that was actually used

Machinery that was actually used

Commemorative gallery

Commemorative gallery

Release of warehoused merchandise at the time

Release of warehoused merchandise at the time

The mini-theater within the museum screens videos such as “Yet Another Silk Road” (approx. 15 min.)
We encourage you to watch the videos in addition to observing the exhibits.

Information

Open hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (no entry after 4:30 pm)
Admission price Free
Closed dates Every Monday and Tuesday (Also closed certain days during the summer and year end/new year)
Year end/new year: December 29 (Sat.), 2018 through January 4 (Fri.), 2019
Other specific closed dates: March 13 (Wed.) and April 10 (Wed.), 2019
Contact us 048-522-4316

*Advance reservations required for group visits and use of buses. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Transport access

Location

2-135 Hongoku, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama 360-0815

From Haneda Airport

Route 1:
1. Take the Tokyo Monorail. Change at Hamamatsucho Station (25 min.) to the JR Yamanote Line and get off at Tokyo Station (6 min.)
2. Take the JR Takasaki Line from Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station (70 min.), or take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station (38 min.)
3. 15 min. walk from Kumagaya Station (North Exit)

Route 2:
1. Take the Keihinkyuko Line. Change at Shinagawa Station (25 min.)
2. Take the JR Tokaido Line from Shinagawa Station to Kumagaya Station (80 min.), or on JR Yamanote Line from Shinagawa Station (7 min), change at Tokyo Station and take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kumagaya Station (38 min.)
3. 15 min. walk from Kumagaya Station (North Exit)

Route 3:
1. Take the Airport Limousine Bus to Kumagaya Station South Exit from the International Terminal, Terminal 2, or Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport (120 min.)
2. Cross from the South Exit of Kumagaya Station to the North Exit, then 15 min. walk

From Narita Airport

Route 1:
1. Take the Keisei Line. Change at Ueno Station (80 min.)
2. Take the JR Takasaki Line from Ueno Station to Kumagaya Station (80 min.)
3. 15 min. walk from Kumagaya Station (North Exit)

Route 2:
1. Take the JR Narita Express. Change at Omiya Station (120 min.)
2. Take the JR Takasaki Line from Omiya to Kumagaya Station (40 min.)
3. 15 min. walk from Kumagaya Station (North Exit)

Route 3:
1. Take the JR Narita Express and get off at Tokyo Station (59 min.)
2. Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kumagaya Station (38 min.)
3. 15 min. walk from Kumagaya Station (North Exit)

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