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Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience

by Travel Kyoto
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Duration: {0} Duration: 4h Free Cancellation Free Cancellation No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English, Japanese Offered in: English, Japanese

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

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

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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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1:00 PM, Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience in English

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

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9:00 AM, Private Japanese Small Katana Forging Experience in English

Duration 4h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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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


Description

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.


Inclusions

  • Private kogatana-crafting experience with swordsmith

  • Materials & coal fee for sword-making

  • Wooden souvenir box

  • Please choice live commentary in English or Japanese


Exclusions

  • Taxi to forge place

  • English interpreter will be an option


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 57 Verified Reviews

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4.9 out of 5

5/5 Sep 4, 2019

I highly recommend this activity. It's so nice to travel an hour away to see another side of Kyoto. Masahiro was amazing to work with. He's extremely knowledgable and personable and very open to sharing his knowledge and the beautiful scenery where his studio sits. My husband and I came home with a katana each that we created with help from Masahiro. He's a very good and patient teacher. Don't miss this if you're visiting Kyoto.

Jeanette M

United States

5/5 Jul 31, 2019

This was the coolest thing we did on our trip. Masahiro helped us out even with our limited Japanese (we know up to JLPT N4/5). If you can get an international driver’s license, it is better to get a rental car up to his place in Kameoka rather than take the taxi, as taxi costs are around 12,000 yen roundtrip, whereas we got a car for $5,500 and used it throughout the day for other activities. You’ll get an introduction into Japanese sword history and forging early on in Japanese. If you don’t know enough, it might be worthwhile to get an English translator, because Masahiro’s explanations and insight into the art was quite enlightening (for example, you’ll hear how different regions in Japan implemented different hamon patterns on the katanas or how katanas relate to Japanese shinto omamori culture in that they are routinely used as vessels to hold the pantheon of Shinto dieties. Be sure you’re physically fit, as you’ll be on your knees for long periods of time.

5/5 Jul 17, 2019

This was a truly unique experience that I would recommend for anyone who enjoys doing something that isn’t touristy. Not only do you learn about forging from a true Master, but you get a Katana that will be with you forever. I went with my sons that are in their 20’s and it was their favorite activity that we did in Japan.