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Meet a Swordsmith and Learn His Skills

  • [Kumamoto] Arao-shi
  • [Activity] History & Culture

Learn about swordsmith's skills

Becoming a swordsmith is really hard. After practicing at qualified swordsmiths, passing the exam (held by Cultural Affairs) is needed. Visit the workshop of Mr. Matsunaga, who has passed through the career and has been making more than 1,000 swords for 42 years.

– Precious opportunity to come close to the scene of making swords by a swordsmith
– This tour comes true thanks to his passion. He has been practicing this tradition and wants to share it with many people.
– Not only watching him making swords also trying out a Japanese sword.
– Special opportunity to talk with qualified Japanese swordsmith master who has passed through the hard career.
– Purchasing Japanese swords is available if guests want.

[Sample Schedule] Total 1 hour 30 mins
– Greeting and seeing one of the process of making swords, forging and folding
– Experience heating and hammering, only for limited number of guests
– Trying out a Japanese sword
– Questions and Answers

This activity is run by the swordsmith. (Foreign languages available by using an interpreting device.)

Detailed information
Inquiry required
Start at 13:30
Time required
Approx. 1 hour and 30 mins
Target age
Minimum age is 15 years old
Experience fee
JPY 3,300 per a person (tax incl.)

[Option] Inscribe Signature Experience: JPY 1,100 (tax incl.) (Approx. 10 mins)

[What's included] Activity fees, tea and a gift
[What's not included] Transportation fees from/to the place
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers.
- Please print out and bring your confirmation letter on the day.
- Please kindly note that we cannot be responsible in case guests get injured during this activity.
- Those who drunk are not allowed to participate in.
Basic information
Name of facility
Matsunaga Japanese Sword Forge
1907-80, Kawanobori, Arao-shi, Kumamoto prefecture
Please come to 'Matsunaga Japanese Sword Forge'.

- Approx. 30 mins from Nankan IC of Kyushu Expressway
- Approx. 15 mins by car from JR Arao station of Kagoshima Honsen
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Reservation acceptability
Reservations available: Please contact us using the inquiry form below.
- This reservation will be confirmed after checking the availability.
- The reservation is required two days prior.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
- This activity needs a minimum of 2 guests.
- This activity will have a maximum of 20 guests.
- Please let us know the following information: All guests' full names and nationalities and phone number of lead guest.
About cancellation fee
If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Facility information on the hotel
- Wheelchair accessible
Consult with concierge
A dedicated concierge can help arrange the original travel plan and arrange accommodation. Please feel free to contact us
+81-505317-4494(10:00 ~ 19:00)
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