Creation of a small knife under the watchful eye of a master
Usage of the same process & materials as a traditional sword
Visit to only remaining sword forge & swordsmith in Kyoto
Perfect souvenir to take home, made with your own hands
Special wooden box to take home & to display your handiwork
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Private kogatana-crafting experience with swordsmith
Materials & coal fee for sword-making
Wooden souvenir box
Please choice live commentary in English or Japanese
Taxi to forge place
English interpreter will be an option
Know Before You Book
Children 9 and younger are not allowed.
Maximum group size is 8 people.
For 1–4 people the experience will take approximately 4 hours. For 5–8 people the experience will take approximately 8 hours. Please choose the 9 AM start time if you are a group of more than 5 people.
Please kindly understand that the reservation might be asked for editing the date or the time as the limited participant numbers.
This activity begins at in Kameoka, which is approximately 1 hour away from central Kyoto. Detailed address and map will be provided upon confirmation. You must make your own way to the meeting point.
Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
Additional fee for English interpreter.
For booking guests only. Unauthorized persons are prohibited.
From JR.Kameoka station only taxi is transportation to forge place. Which take 20 minute.
What you can expect
Forge your very own Japanese kogatana (small blade) with an artisan swordsmith. Learn about the traditional blade-forging process, which uses the same materials and techniques as a full-size katana. At the end of the experience, take the beautiful product of your creation home with you.
Meet your friendly and knowledgeable swordsmith at the forge, and begin your hands-on smithing lesson. Begin to work away at transforming raw metal into a delicate instrument of your design as the expert swordsmith guides the process with a steady hand.
Pick up a wealth of knowledge on the traditional craft, including the precise nature of the materials and how the process scales up when producing a full-sized Japanese sword. In between sweaty forging sessions, marvel at the natural beauty of the Kameoka region, which has served as a filming site for many Japanese movies. At the end of your artisan crafting session, take home your very own kogatana to cherish forever.