Kyoto by the Sea

Former Bito Family Residence

This building was rebuilt in 1863 as a raw chirimen silk (high quality textured silk) merchant's house. In the 1920s, the house was expanded to include Western-style rooms. For generations during the Edo period (1603-1868), the head of the Bito family served as the village headman. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), the heads of the Bito family served in important positions such as president of Tango Bank, president of Kaya Railways, and Kaya Town Mayor.
Tour the building and see the legacy of chirimen textured silk in an production area that is now has a history of over 300 years, and is still going strong.

Kaya 1085, Yosano-cho, Yozano District, Kyoto Prefecture
Business Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays (Open when Monday sf a national holiday and closed the following day instead), New Years holidays