Arimatsu Tokaido Old Town

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Recreated Village in Arimatsu

Recreated Village in Arimatsu

The Arimatsu Village was founded in 1608 between Chiryu Post Station and Narumi Post Station on the famous Tokaido Trail. Filled with tea houses, this village was a post station that grew in popularity thanks to the Arimatsu-Narumi shibori (Arimatsu tie-dying) techniques that developed in the area. Many who traveled along the Tokaido Trail would purchase towels, yukata, and other goods dyed with the Arimatsu-Narumi techniques. While the original village was reconstructed after a fire in 1784, the village has been reconstructed and preserved to retain the traditional architecture from when it was first founded. The buildings use tile-roofing, nurigome-zukuri (a process used to build a fire-resistant wall), mushikomado (a type of window containing an insect cage-like lattice), and namako-kabe structures (method to fireproof walls) to retain it's traditional atmosphere. Guests of Arimatsu Tokaido Old Town are highly encouraged to visit the Shibori Tie-Dyeing Museum and try their hand at making a shibori-dyed handkerchief as a souvenir. If you plan on joining our Quilt Festival Japan tours between Tokyo and Kyoto, enjoy this wonderful preserved village while we learn about Shibori Dying on an exciting Japan vacation!

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