Kurogane Knife Making Workshop

工房くろがね (Kobo Kurogane)
Craft your very own Japanese blade on the banks of the Shimanto River
Master blacksmith Nobuya Hayashi’s workshop is located at the end of a narrow country lane at the foot of the mountains that rise up from the Shimanto River. It is the perfect place to experience creating a one-of-a-kind kitchen knife made from tamahage (the traditional Japanese iron from which the swords of the samurai were made) with its characteristic slow-rusting, complex shimmer.

Kurogane’s most popular course is their one-day blacksmith experience in which you can pound out red hot iron to produce an engraved kitchen knife to take home (fully finished knives are sometimes sent by mail at a later date in the case of large groups). The good natured and patient Hayashi can speak basic English and has lots of experience guiding non-Japanese speakers through the process. If you need a break, where better to take a breather than on the side of the Shimanto River?

For those who wish to experience the entire process, Kurogane offers multi-day courses in which participants can make their own tamahage iron to work with and learn traditional forging techniques, before moving on to creating their own knife or bladed tool.

Whichever plan you choose, a workshop at Kurogane is sure to be an unforgettable experience and provide you with a keepsake that will bring back memories of the Shimanto River and Kochi for years to come.
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Address 高知県四万十市西土佐口屋内天王山944 (944, Tennosan, Kuchiyanai, Nishitosa, Shimanto City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0880-54-1811
OpenFriday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00-17:00
ClosedMonday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Price● One-day Forge Experience (9:00-17:00)
・25,000 yen per person

● Tatara (bellows) Iron-making (3 days) : 150,000 yen

● Traditional Forge Experience (3 days) : 96,000 yen

*Accommodation and meals are included in the price for both Tatara (bellows) Iron-making/Traditional forge experience
*Meals are not included in the price for the One-day Forge Experience
*If overseas postage is required, the cost of postage will be charged separately

*Price includes taxes
Directions● About 3 hours by car from Kochi City
●About 15 min walk from Kuchiyanai bus stop (Kochi Seinan Kotsu Bus)
Website Website
Map Code764 276 869*47
Online Reservation ACTIVITY JAPAN
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Remarks●Reservations required (Please reserve at least one week in advance)
*Please inform Kurogane of the date, time and how many people will be attending.

●Please contact Kurogane by email with enquiries about multi-day courses

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