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Private Japanese Sword Forge Visit & Lesson

By Travel Kyoto
Price is ¥20,965per traveler*


Free cancellation available
1h 30m
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  • Visit to the only swordsmith & forge located in Kyoto

  • Demonstration of forging techniques by a master bladesmith

  • Once-in-a-lifetime chance to try your hand at sword-making

  • Picturesque Kameoka city as the backdrop to your tour

  • Chance to see & learn more about the area after your visit

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Private forge visit and sword-making experience

  • What's included

    Coal fee for forge usage

  • What's included

    Written instruction provided in English

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in Japanese

  • What's excluded

    Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • What's excluded

    English-speaking guide

Know Before You Book

  • Children 10 and younger are not allowed.

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Maximum group size is 8 people.

  • Options for hotel pickup and drop-off and an English-speaking guide are available for an additional surcharge and can be arranged with Travel Kyoto when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • 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.

  • Hours of operation are 9 AM–5PM. You will receive confirmation of your exact tour start time when you call to confirm your reservation.

What you can expect

Learn how Japanese swords are made with a private visit to an authentic tantouba (sword forge). Watch a professional swordsmith demonstrate the techniques used to create the blades, then participate in the creating process yourself in this interactive and eye-opening experience.

Make your way to Masahiro Tantouba, a Japanese sword forge owned by blacksmith Yuya Nakanishi in the beautiful city of Kameoka. Your experience begins with a demonstration of the swordsmith at work. Watch as the metal is heated, hammered, and folded over and over again, and appreciate the meticulous effort that is put into each individual blade.

The forging process, which was once considered a sacred art and accompanied by religious Shinto rituals, can take weeks to complete. After watching the master, you can try your own hand at parts of the process, learning the appropriate timing for hammering the metal on the anvil. At the end of your hands-on experience, take some time to look around the workshop and learn about the different types of swords made by Japanese smiths.


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Activity Location

  • Kameoka Kyoto

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Sword Forge
    • 32-1 Ishishiki, Honme-cho Nishikaya
    • Kameoka Kyoto Prefecture 621-0255

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