27 Nov 2016

Good old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

The town Kiryu had prospered by silk fabric since 9th century. The Kiryu's silk fabric was admired equally with Nishijin Fabric in Kyoto. After the Meiji Restoration, Kiryu became one of the major sites of silk industry and was so prosperous. The town didn't receive big aerial attack in World War Two so lots of historical structures are remained. Those buildings make the town attractive.
The town is north of Tokyo and can be enjoyed one day trip from Tokyo. There are two major ways to get to Kiryu. One is taking Tobu limited express from Asakusa Station to Shinkiryu Station. It takes about two hours and costs less than 5,000 yen for round trip. Another way is taking JR line bullet train. Taking Tohoku Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Oyama station and transfer to Ryomo line to Kiryu. It takes about two and half hours and costs less than 9,000 yen for round trip.
Although day trip is available, over night trip is fascinating for onsen lover. There are good onsen accommodations around the town. It is the royal road for trip in Japan to stay onsen hot spring inn.

Path around Kiryu StationGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

Huge Sushi ShopGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
This shop shows Kiryu's prosperous. Vast numbers of banquet were held by rich merchants in this town. There are still some catering shops like this.

A Kimono shopGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

A kind of theaterGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

Yakisoba (chow mein) shopsGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
Yakisoba is one of the town's cheap delicious foods. It's famous not only local people but all over Japan.

Old style bank buildingGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

A local cuisine chicken lunch boxGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

A Unagi-ya (eel-house)Good old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

A rice dealer Good old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
The building used to be a storehouse called 'Kura.'

An old style liquor and tea leaf shopGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

Yurin-kanGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
There used to be storehouses for Japanese Sake, Shoyu soy source and Miso fermented soy paste.

This house used to be a storehouse.Good old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

Fuji-ya, popular udon noodle shopGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

HimokawaGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
These are kind of udon noodle called Himokawa. People in Kiryu serve Himokawa as a specialty in the town. Many tourists come to eat Himokawa.

An old factory buildingGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture

An old hospital?

A public bathGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
Although Tokyo still has many public bath, this kind of old style bath house is rare.

Kiryu Tenmangu ShrineGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma PrefectureGood old town of historical structures, Kiryu Gunma Prefecture
This is one of the best five Tenmangu in Kanto area. Tenmangu is a kind of shrine where enshrines Sugawara no Michizane. He is enshrined as a god of learning. The shrine is popular with students preparing for examinations.

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