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Why Yokohama Silk Museum is special ?
Yokohama Silk Museum is a museum located in Naka-ku, that covers the silk trade in Japan. In addition to the aim to further develop tourism, the Silk Center was built with the aim to revitalize raw-silk-related businesses including manufacturing and trades. It is located near the Port of Yokohama with a mulberry tree planted in front of the building. The Silk Museum is located on the second and third floor of the building. You will be able to learn about silk-related history of Yokohama in addition to the manufacturing process of silk and the history of silk products. Various displays show how silk is used ubiquitously in our daily lives, the ecology of silkworms, the process involved in making silk threads out of the worms’cocoons, and how those raw materials are processed and dyed.
This is one of the very few facilities around the world that specialize in silk. All exhibits come equipped with English captions making it a popular visit for foreign tourists.
What to explore at Yokohama Silk Museum?
The Yokohama Silk Museum is housed over two floors with the first floor made up of zones titled Encounters with Silk Zone, Learning Zone, Production of Silk Zone and the History of Silk ( Worldwide ) Zone. Here you can learn about how silkworms make the fibre that is eventually produced into the shiny material that is popular all around the world. a gift shop is also housed on this floor that has plenty of silk related products for purchase.
The second floor is totally devoted to the history of Silk in Japan and displays various garments that have been reproduced to represent the use of silk in various points in history. Also on display on this floor is a range of modern kimonos and a display of how they are weaved and dyed.
How to get to Yokohama Silk Museum?
The Yokohama Silk Museum is a 3 minute walk from Exit 3 of Nihon Odori Station on the Minato Mirai Subway Line.
- Important part of Japanese history
- A Credit to Japanese Culture
- Beautiful and informative museum
- Silk worm curiosity
- Small but well-done
Japan 〒231-0023 神奈川県横浜市 中区山下町1
Tips for you
Silk and sericulture is an important part of Japanese history and culture and, as a port city, of Yokohama as well. My daughter was learning about sericulture at school and her class was actually raising silkworms, picking leaves off the mulberry trees in the yard to feed them daily (they eat a lot!) so it seemed natural to visit this museum. Very informative. Later, she learned how to unravel a cocoon and create silk thread at the Nihon Minkaen Folk Museum in Kawasaki, where you can see the old Japanese homes where silkworms were traditionally raised in rural households around Japan.