Sword Making Demonstration - Make Your Own Samurai Knife

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Tour code : 006030H

From JPY 20,300

Tour Operating : Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays - Limited to One Session per day


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Traveling one hour from Shin-Osaka by a bullet train or one hour from the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle, by car, you can reach beautiful natural landscapes and mountains. A swordsmith craftsman certified by the Agency of Cultural Affairs will welcome you. After watching the demonstration of real sword making by the certified craftsman, you will experience the process of making a samurai knife. You will be able to bring back the knife to your country as checked luggage.

Trip HighLights

  • Watch the demonstration of the traditional work of the swordsmith up close at the workshop which produces Japanese swords
  • Experience the making process of a knife.
  • Take your self-made samurai knife home with you
  • Direct teaching from a real swordsmith

Quick Itinerary

Day 1

Assemble at the sword workshopChoose from start times at the bottom of this page
Demonstration of Japanese sword making
Samurai Knife making (Molding)
Quenching & Polishing

What's Included

Craft Workshop
Light Refreshments

What's Not Included

Access Information

Tour Start Point Swordsmith Kikyo Hayamitsu
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point To JR Himeji Station
・From Tokyo - approx 3.5hrs by Shinkansen
・From Kyoto - approx 50min by Shinkansen
・From Osaka - approx 50min by Shinkansen

From JR Himeji Station to Aioi Station on JR Sanyou Honsen-Line
About 20 minutes by JR Sanyou Honsen-Line
(JR Pass Holders can use this line with their pass.)

From Aioi Station to Swordsmith Kikyo Hayamitsu
About 20 minutes by taxi ( approx 3,200 yen)
Tour End Point Swordsmith Kikyo Hayamitsu
Time Required 180-300 Minutes
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Live by the sword

Rakan no Sato is a beautiful historical park where you can feel the four seasons with the trees and flowers such as cherry blossoms, camellias, and colorful maples. There are the Rakan statues which were made to mourn the spirit of the warriors during Japan's Warring States Period and a water mill. You will be able to relax while feeling nature and history there.

In a workshop located in the forest, you can watch a demonstration of the traditional work of the swordsmith up close and personal. The smithy is certified by the Agency of Cultural Affairs here in Japan.

Observe the process of bending and kneading the steel as it is heated to 1,200°C or 2,190°F.

After watching the smith in action, you will make a knife which you can use yourself. After forming its shape by filing, guests heat it to 800°C or 1,472°F and then perform hardening and polishing as instructed by the swordsmith. Blades and fire are included in the work, so please follow all instructions very carefully.

Although the knife is small, it makes full use of the techniques of traditional swordcraft. We hope it will be a treasured keepsake of your visit to Japan.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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