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
What's included, what's not
Private forge visit and sword-making experience
Coal fee for forge usage
Written instruction provided in English
Live tour commentary provided in Japanese
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Know before you book
Children aged 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 pick-up 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.
Opening hours are 9 AM-5 PM. 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.