Hata Shrine called Kuroshime Jinja locally.
Tokamachi is the one of the most famous kimono producing places in Japan.
The weavers in Tokamachi have been worshiping the Goddess of weaving called Kurohime for a very long time, but Hata (loom) shrine was built in 1793.
The shrine is located in the Suwa shrine complex. It is built on the top of a hill and it’s only a five-minutes walk from the entrance. You can view the entire Tokamachi city from the top. It’s absolutely magnificent!
There are some historical spots in the area, such as a stream called “Sarashigawa”. Weavers used to wash the cloth when it was done in the stream in the old days. There are some large stone monument engraved historical stories near by.
You can rent Tokamachi kimono from the building called “Cross-ten”. Why not take a walk and visit the shrine in kimono? You may also enjoy shopping and relax in Onsen which are all located in the same mall. For further details, please see the following websites.
Information on sightseeing, events, accommodations, and dining in all areas of Tokamachi City
Higashi Miyashita-cho, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
Tokamachi-orimono-kogyo Kyodokumiai (Tokamachi Woven Textiles Industry Cooperation Association)
4th Floor 6 Hon-cho, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata 9480003
TEL +81(0)25-757-9111 FAX +81(0)25-757-9116
Facebook 十日町織物工業協同組合 (Japanese)
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