Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center Travel Guide
We all know that Kyoto is the former capital of Japan. But did you know what’s the reason they choosed Kyoto as the capital at about 1300 years ago?
Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center is a place to tell you this special history.
Kimono Fashion Show at Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center
Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center & Kimono Fashion Show Travel Guide
The history of Nishijin silk weaving began with the history of Kyoto in 794. A branch of Hata clan moved to Kyoto. They brought knowledge of silkworms and fabric skills. The economy of Kyoto became so strong since they came, and emperor Kanmu decided to move the capital to Kyoto. There were about 5000 weaving factories in the Nishijin District during the Edo Period. Nishijin district remain the home of Japan’s largest handmade weaving industries.
Nishijin Textile Center was a museum about Nishijin Textile history. It hosts demonstrations of ancient weaving techniques, presents fashion shows and local textile exhibitions. And of course, you can buy Kimono there too, But that’s too expensive to me.
The most attractive thing to me is the Kimono Fashion Show. It’ s held or six or seven times daily at the Nishijin Textile Center. The showcases kimono changes with the seasons. The show was performed by professional geishas.
Horikawa- Imadegawa Minami-iru Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto JAPAN 602
open everyday from 9:00am to 17:00pm
The textile center is closed from August 13th to 15th and December 29th to January 15th.
How to get there:
It is located in central Kyoto and you could take a number of buses such as 9, 51, 59 or 101 to Horikawa and Imadegawa to reach the place.
no admission charges to the textile center
What can I experience?
*You can study weave in traditional methods on a mini loom, And you can take your woven products home with you. The fee charged is 1800 Yen or $15 (adult fee).
*You can also study dressing a maiko known as a Maiko or geiko, Or 12-layered Kimono of the imperial court. This kind of professional entertain cost about 10,000 Yen each, and avialiable from 9:00am to 15:30pm.
Kimono Fashion Show:
Spring (April 01 to June 30) & Autumn (September 01 to November 30): 7 times a day:
10:00am; 10:50am; 11:45am; 13:00pm(13:15pm on Saturday and Sunday); 14:00pm; 15:15pm; 16:00pm
Summer(July 01 to August 31) & Winter (December 01 to March 31): 6 times a day:
10:30am; 11:30am; 13:00pm(13:15pm on Saturday and Sunday); 14:00pm; 15:15pm; 16:00pm
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