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Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites

Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites were added to the Tentative List of World Heritage in January 2007. Later in August 2012, the Japanese government decided to recommend Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites, and a recommendation document was submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Center. (Provisional: Submitted in September 2012, Official: Submitted in January 2013)  International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the consultative council of World Heritage Committee, examined the documents based on the submitted recommendation document, and an on-site investigation was held in September 2013. In April 2014, Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites received an advice from ICOMOS to register, approving its listing on the World Heritage Site List. Finally, in June of that year, the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites were enlisted in the World Heritage List at the 38th World Heritage Committee held in Doha, Qatar and became a registered world heritage.
The distinguished universal value of Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites are a heritage related to modern silk industry of technological innovation that enabled a mass production of silk that had been limited for a long time and initiated a technological exchange between Japan and the world. Silk had been a product of the privileged classes. Japan’s mass production technology of silk made silk more accessible to the people all over the world and made lives and cultures richer.
Evaluation criterion (ii) Mutual exchanges between Japan and the world through mass production of high-quality raw silk
・Introduction of modern West-European technologies for the mass production of high quality silk by the Meiji government.
・Facilitating the improvement in sericulture and silk-reeling technology within Japan.
・Development of the world’s silk industry from Japan’s high-quality sericulture and silk-reeling technology
Evaluation criterion (iv) The main stage of technical innovation that played an important role in the development of the silk industry worldwide
・Tomioka Silk Mill that lead the innovation of silk-reeling technology from machine silk-reeling to automatic silk-reeling machine.
・Development of innovative sericulture technology reflected in the main buildings and manufactured articles.
Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites
Access from Tomioka Silk Mill

By car (approximately 75 minutes / 25km)
Tomioka Silk Mill – Joshinetsu Expressway Tomioka IC – approximately 20 minutes – Joshinetsu Expressway Yoshii IC – approximately 20 minutes – Takayama-sha Sericulture School remains for free Parking – (approximately 5 minutes on foot) – Takayama-sha Sericulture School remains

By public transportation (approximately 100 minutes)
Tomioka Silk Mill – (approximately 15 minutes on foot) – Joshu-Tomioka Station, Joshin Electric Railway – (approximately 35 minutes) – JR Takasaki Station – Approximately 15 minutes – JR Gumma-Fujioka Station – (City bus Megurun approximately 35 minutes) – Takayama-sha Sericulture School remains
Access from Tomioka Silk Mill

By car (approximately 85 minutes /45km)     
Tomioka Silk Mill -– Joshinetsu Expressway Tomioka IC – approximately 30 minutes – Kanetsu Expressway Honjo Kodama IC – approximately 20 minutes – Shimamura Kaiko no Furusato Park (Parking) – (approximately 5 minutes on foot) – Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm

By public transportation (approximately 90 minutes)
Tomioka Silk Mill – (approximately 15 minutes on foot) – Joshu-Tomioka Station, Joshin Electric Railway – (approximately 35 minutes) – JR Takasaki Station – approximately 20 minutes – JR Honjo Station – (approximately 20 minutes by taxi) – Tajima Yahei Sericulture Farm
Access from Tomioka Silk Mill

By car (approximately 100 minutes / 45km)
Tomioka Silk Mill – (approximately 60 minutes) – Arafune Cold Storage for free Parking – (approximately 20 minutes on foot) – Arafune Fuketsu

By public transportation (75 minutes)
Tomioka Silk Mill – (approximately 15 minutes on foot) – Joshu-Tomioka Station, Joshin Electric Railway – (approximately 25 minutes) – Joshin Electric Railway Shimo-Nita Station – (sightseeing approximately 35 minutes by taxi) – Arafune Fuketsu