One of Japan’s leading textile manufacturers, Gunze, was founded in Ayabe in 1896, breathing vitality into the area to the point where it was known across Japan as “the silk city”. Today, the Gunze Memorial Hall(formerly the head office) and the head office factory gate have been restored and preserved as historic monuments that have given rise to the modern-day silk industry. Ayabe Gunze Square was also opened in May 2014 as a new attraction and has become a hub of interaction for visitors to the area.
|Access||【By car】From Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway, Ayabe Interchange, approx. 5 min.
From Kyoto-Jukan Expressway, Ayabe-Ankokuji Interchange, approx. 10 min.
【By train】From north exit of JR Ayabe Station (JR San’in Main Line / Maizuru Line), approx. 10 min. walk. Or, take the Aya Bus from south exit of JR Ayabe Station and get off at Gunze-Ayabehonshamae (short distance from bus stop)
|Phone||Ayabe Gunze Square
|Regular holiday||Tuesday (when Tuesday is a public holiday, open Tue. and closed Wed.)|
Gunze Memorial hall