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Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience

by Travel Kyoto
per traveler Price was ¥16 Discount price is ¥15
Duration: {0} Duration: 4h Free Cancellation Free Cancellation No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: Japanese Offered in: Japanese

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Forge your very own Japanese kogatana (small blade) with an artisan swordsmith. Learn about the traditional blade-forging process, which uses the same materials and techniques as a full-size katana. At the end of the experience, take the beautiful product of your creation home with you.

Meet your friendly and knowledgeable swordsmith at the forge, and begin your hands-on smithing lesson. Begin to work away at transforming raw metal into a delicate instrument of your design as the expert swordsmith guides the process with a steady hand.

Pick up a wealth of knowledge on the traditional craft, including the precise nature of the materials and how the process scales up when producing a full-sized Japanese sword. In between sweaty forging sessions, marvel at the natural beauty of the Kameoka region, which has served as a filming site for many Japanese movies. At the end of your artisan crafting session, take home your very own kogatana to cherish forever.

Forge your very own Japanese kogatana (small blade) with an artisan swordsmith. Learn about the traditional blade-forging process, which uses the same materials and techniques as a full-size katana. At the end of the experience, take the beautiful product of your creation home with you.

Meet your friendly and knowledgeable swordsmith at the forge, and begin your hands-on smithing lesson. Begin to work away at transforming raw metal into a delicate instrument of your design as the expert swordsmith guides the process with a steady hand.

Pick up a wealth of knowledge on the traditional craft, including the precise nature of the materials and how the process scales up when producing a full-sized Japanese sword. In between sweaty forging sessions, marvel at the natural beauty of the Kameoka region, which has served as a filming site for many Japanese movies. At the end of your artisan crafting session, take home your very own kogatana to cherish forever.

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1:00 PM, Tour in Japanese

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in Japanese.

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9:00 AM, Tour in Japanese

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in Japanese.

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Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience

Activity Location

JR.Kameoka station

The driver will hold your booking name plate and wait at the ticket exit gate.

Kameoka

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • 将大鍛刀場

    京都府亀岡市本梅町西加舎石敷32-1.

    Kameoka-shi 621-0255


Highlights

  • Creation of a small knife under the watchful eye of a master

  • Usage of the same process & materials as a traditional sword

  • Visit to only remaining sword forge & swordsmith in Kyoto

  • Perfect souvenir to take home, made with your own hands

  • Special wooden box to take home & to display your handiwork


Inclusions

  • Private kogatana-crafting experience with swordsmith

  • Materials & coal fee for sword-making

  • Wooden souvenir box

  • Live commentary provided in Japanese


Exclusions

  • English-speaking interpreter

  • Taxi to forge place


Know Before You Book

  • Children 9 and younger are not allowed.

  • Maximum group size is 8 people.

  • For 1–4 people the experience will take approximately 4 hours. For 5–8 people the experience will take approximately 8 hours. Please choose the 9 AM start time if you are a group of more than 5 people.

  • Please kindly understand that the reservation might be asked for editing the date or the time as the limited participant numbers.

  • This activity begins at in Kameoka, which is approximately 1 hour away from central Kyoto. Detailed address and map will be provided upon confirmation. You must make your own way to the meeting point.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

  • Additional fee for English interpreter.

  • For booking guests only. Unauthorized persons are prohibited.

  • From JR.Kameoka station only taxi is transportation to forge place. Which take 20 minute.


Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience ratings based on 50 Verified Reviews

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4.9 out of 5

5/5 Jun 5, 2019

We had so much fun! We learned a lot too. We thought hiring the interpreter was very helpful. Would highly recommend this experience!

Stephanie W

United States

5/5 May 22, 2019

This was a wonderful activity to do near Kyoto and the highlight of our trip to Japan. You end up with a really cool (and useful) personalised souvenir. The workshop is held in a beautiful area of Kameoka, so just walking around outside was a treat. Swordsmith Yuya Nakanishi guides you through the knife-making process and helps you get the required basic shape. Note though, he does do all the finishing grinding work for you though, so the end product is not entirely all your own work. But for me the most interesting part was getting to create the hamon (temper-line) using clay; you design your own pattern and then heat the blade to give the steel differing hardnesses. I would highly recommend this workshop. The price is very reasonable and we thought it was worth paying a bit extra for the taxi from the station and the interpreter (but there were 3 in our group so that cost was shared).