This activity offers you the opportunity to make a Japanese knife in the atelier of a genuine Japanese swordsmith. Asano Taro, certified by the Japanese government, is one of the few artisans still practicing authentic Japanese sword making today.
• We accept only a limited number of people each month, so we recommend making your reservations early reservation. • Please arrive at Gifu-Hashima Station bu Tokaido Shinkansen before 8:50. • You will be greeted at the North Exit by someone holding a sign reading "Make Your Own Samurai Knife." • If you cannot arrive before 8:50, please tell us. Please arrive before 10:00 at the latest. After that time, it will be automatically canceled. There is always a risk of getting burnt, so please be very careful. We cannot assume responsibility in case of an injury.
Learning to make a knife usually takes about 10 years of practiced apprenticeship — let alone making a samurai sword. However, in this Japanese knife-making course you will learn the basics in just one day. Learn and experience the traditional craft of Japanese bladesmithing for yourself! After completing the process, you can take the knife home with you. You will use the same tools used for Japanese sword making to forge a knife in the morning. Then take lunch at the smithy, and complete the activity by shaping the knife in the afternoon. Sample Itinerary 08:50 - Gifu-Hashima Station pick-up 09:00 – 12:00 - Forge the knife at the atelier 12:00 – 13:00 - Lunch 13:00 – 14:00 - Shape the knife at the atelier 14:00 – 15:00 - Complete the knife 15:00 – 15:30 - Experience ends (Gifu-Hashima Station drop-off) Your host will prepare a lunch for you. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. If you would like to eat something special, you can bring it with you. The number of lunch options purchased should be equal to or lower than the total number of participants as lunch is included in the price of the knife-making activity. Please book the lunch-only option for those who will not participate in the knife-making activity. Transportation Take the Shinkansen bullet train to Gifu-Hashima Station See approximate times from major cities: Kyoto: 30 minutes Tokyo: 110 minutes Nagoya: 10 minutes Osaka: 50 minutes If you're coming by car, exit highway at Meishin Highway Gifu-Hashima IC and drive for 3 minutes to the station.