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Steel forging demonstration

From ¥31,200 ¥15,600

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A place suspended in time. An ancient art-form. Masterful craftsmanship. Come visit the only place in the world where iron is forged in the traditional Japanese way (Tatara forging).
Okuizumo Tatara Sword Museum keeps traditions alive as it passes down the history and culture of the iron industry in Japan to future generations. Come see the process and learn how the iron sand is transformed into a finished blade. Watch the local master Kobayashi bring his effervescent and sparkling charm to bring the twice monthly demonstrations to life.
Try your hand at wielding a hammer and working the red-hot metal in the small modern forge in the museum as he encourages members of the audience to help work the tamahagane (Japanese worked steel). Hold a real Japanese katana sword and take photos to your hearts content.

Highlights

•Experience a charming, private demonstration on how tatara is worked and quality Japanese blades are forged.
•See the action up close and personal as you work the bellows on the forge.
•Hold a real Japanese katana sword at the completion of the demonstration.

Schedule

Step 1: introduction and explanation
Step 2: try blowing the bellows
Step 3: watch the masters in a forging demonstration
Step 4: finally, hold an old katana sword

What's included

Explore the world of Japanese steel working with a demonstration on making Katana swords.

Min/Max Number of participant

Min 1/ Max 20

Duration

40 mins

Time

Pick a starting time between 10:00~16:00

Price (tax incl.)

¥31,200 ¥15,600 /group

Cancellation policy

Full refund 8 days prior to your tour, excluding a 5% transaction fee.
* Must be made 8 full days prior to 12:00 AM (JST), the day of your scheduled tour. For example, if your tour is scheduled for Friday, cancel before Friday of the previous week for a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.

If you cancel within 7 days, our cancellation charges (incl.5% transaction fee) are as follows:
•4-7 days prior:15%
•3 days prior:25%
•2 days prior:35%
•The day prior:55%
•On the day :100%
•No show:100%

Other

Demonstrations are held on the second Sunday and forth Saturday of every month. They are available for both groups and individual guests (¥1,270 p/p). Private group demonstrations need to be reserved in advance and cost ¥20,000.

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