Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum
A museum of Japanese swords where visitors can see how swords are crafted
A very exclusive short documentary about the traditional Japanese art of sword making.
This recording was made by the Japanese government in the Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum (aka Bizen Osafune Token Village) and is one of the few recordings of the complete craft (forging, polishing and mounting) is shown by traditional Japanese craftsmen.
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Located in Osafune, a town that once flourished as a major produce of Japanese swords, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum is one of a limited number of sword museums and features a variety of Japanese swords on display. Visitors can learn about the history and manufacturing process for Japanese swords as well as experience the beauty and power of the swords up close. The museum features several special exhibitions throughout the year that combine animations and video games, making this a popular destination for sword fans from across the country. In the adjacent workshop, visitors can see the skill of Japanese sword artisans, including the process where tamahagane, steel made from iron sand, is heated to 1300°C and then hammered to make a plate. (limited dates and times)
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- 966 Osafune, Osafune Town, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture
- 7 min by taxi from JR Osafune Sta.
- Business Hours
- 9:00am – 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)
- Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a holiday), December 28 – January 4, day following a public holiday, during exhibition exchanges
- General admission 500 yen; students 300 yen (high school and university); junior high and younger free; seniors 400 yen (65 and older, with proof of age)