Street walking through Arimatsu Town

Architecture along the street

Architecture along the street in Arimatsu Townscape

Along the avenue in the Arimatsu Townscape stand old buildings with tiled roofing, Nurigome-zukuri (plaster finished), and Namako-kabe structures. They were designed to be fire resistant after the big fire in 1784 (Tenmei 4). The "Hattori-tei" which is one of Aichi Prefecture's designated cultural assets still retain the atmosphere of the old days.

Hattori Tei Hattori Tei Takeda-tei


This is the house of Takeda Shoukuro, the innovator of Arimatsu Shibori. The building structure clearly indicates the characteristics of the tie-dyeing merchant houses which existed between the late Edo and Meiji eras. It is one of the typical architecture of the old Tokaido street, composed of a main building, a study, three warehouses, and a tea ceremony room, which is architecturally valuable. The Takeda family prospered as a purveyor of the Owari Domain, and today its business is succeeded by the cadet branch. Takeda-tei is protected as the Nagoya City's designated cultural asset.

Goods are still sold here and exhibitions are held from time to time. The house is open to public for free during events such as the Arimatsu Shibori Festival.

Even during ordinary times, you can have a free tour inside the house by asking permission to the staff within business hours. (Information as of Oct. 2015)

Takeda-tei Takeda-tei garden Takeda-tei view from tea room

Tea ceremony room

Tea ceremony room at Takeda-tei, which is said to be that the 14th Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi dropped by to have tea on his way to Kyoto. You can feel its history from the walls and columns.

Takeda-tei Takeda-tei Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dyeing Museum

The actual tie-dyeing show is worthwhile seeing. You can observe how the artisans actually make the Shibori products. Each craftsman has his or her own style and skills. It is also interesting to compare the differences.

Common admission ticket to both the Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dyeing Museum and Arimatsu Dashi (float) Museum is 450 yen. Open hours and days closed differ according to the period of the year.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

Yukata, handkerchiefs, and other small goods for souvenirs are sold on the 1st floor of the museum.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

Yukata and fabrics are sold here.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

On the 2nd floor, materials and videos are displayed to introduce different types of the Arimatsu Shibori and its manufacturing techniques. (Admission fee 300 yen)

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

Yoroi-kabuto armors made of tie-dyeing.

Arimatsu Narumi Tie-dying Museum

Tie-dyeing methods are introduced too.