Meet a master swordsmith

Meet a master swordsmith

Visit one of Japan's few remaining swordsmiths to see the revered art of samurai sword making in action.

During your time in Tokyo, why not take a day trip out of the city to visit one of Japan's few remaining sword smiths. InsideJapan are proud to work with a sword making master. Katana or samurai swords have been made by hand in Japan since the 10th century using a special steel called tamahagane. Layers of steel with different carbon concentrations are folded and welded together to give the swords both strength and flexibility. Later the sword smith skilfully adds a curve to the sword and then finally the blade must be polished which can take up to three weeks.
 
You'll be accompanied by a guide who will act as a translator as the swordsmith shows you his workshop and explains the katana making process. The visit will last around 3 hours and you may have the chance to help with some sword making steps yourself.

Other ideas for sword enthusiasts include the Osafune Sword Museum near Okayama and the Seki Swordsmith Museum in Gifu both of which have demonstrations of sword making on certain dates of the year.   

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