The town of Arimatsu was established in 1608 along the Tokaido route, starting with only eight settlers, including Shoukuro Takeda, the founder of Arimatsu tie-dyeing. Dyeing was the primary industry that supported the development of the town. For 400 years, these Edo period homes have been preserved. It was categorized as a "National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings" in 2016. You can enjoy a relaxing and nostalgic experience, looking at the mud-made storage and old houses lined up along the Tokaido for 800 meters.
|1804 Arimatsu, Midori-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 458-0924
|Official Site (English)http://www.arimatsunomachi.com/
Old Townscape (An Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings)
The nostalgic scenes drawn in "Tokaido Gojyu-san Tsugi" by Hiroshige Utagawa still remain, lining the Tokaido for 800 meters. There are even houses that are open to the public.
The history of Arimatsu tie-dyeing dates back to 400 years ago, when cotton bounded with thread was dyed with indigo for the first time. Since then, over 100 methods of Arimatsu tie-dyeing have been invented. It is not just used for Japanese-style clothing, but also for stylish furnitures and goods today. Make sure to find your favorite!
Dashi (festival float car)
A gorgeous dashi represents the development of the town, and is a point of pride for the residents. 3 dashi have been inherited from the Edo period. At the Arimatsu Matsuri (festival) held on the first Sunday of October every year, and the Shibori Matsuri (Shibori Festival) held in June, there are 3 dashi on parade, and the performance by the mechanical dolls has become one of the highlights of the festival.
Arimatsu's special dish
The "Arimatsu Shibori Bread", sold in DASENKA, is a speciality of Arimatsu. It was proposed by a local high school student, inspired by the tie-dyeing culture, and has become popular for its cute figure. Seasonal ingredients are used for the bread, and organic dried fruits are mixed with the dough.