Okayama / Bizen

Bizen Osafune Sword Museum

Japan, 966 Osafune, Nagamune-cho, Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture 701-4271

Located in Osafune Town, which has prospered as a production center for Japanese swords since the Kamakura period, this is a rare museum in Japan that exhibits swords, mainly Bizen swords. There is a sword forging workshop on the premises, where you can actually observe the various manufacturing processes related to Japanese swords, such as the traditional forging of Japanese swords, the production of sword armor, engraving on the blade, and sharpening. Once a month, it is possible to observe the ``ancient forging'' in which tamahagane is hammered out at a high temperature of 1,200 degrees, and it has become so popular that Japanese sword fans from overseas flock to it. The sight of a craftsman powerfully striking the steel and sparks flying is truly impressive! This is the work that gave rise to the word “commitment.”

Business Time

9:00-17:00 (last admission until 16:30) Closed: Mondays (the next day if Monday is a holiday), December 28th to January 4th, when exhibits are changed

Telephone number 0869-66-7767
Website https://www.city.setouchi.lg.jp/site/token/
  • ・About 20 minutes from Sanyo Expressway Sanyo IC Parking: 20 regular cars, 4 large cars ・About 7 minutes by taxi from JR Osafune Station
Language 日本語 / English
Other Admission fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school and university students, free for junior high school students and younger

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