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Make your own kitchen knife with a master blacksmith in Shimanto

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    What to Expect
    You can experience blacksmith cutlery production as inherited from ancient times in Japan at "Tatara Iron & Steel Forging Workshop Kurogane," surrounded by the Shimanto River area of Kochi Prefecture, with mountains and river wilderness in abundance.

    In the experience, original cutlery, including kitchen knives, cutting knives and possibly scissors too are all made by you from steel using fire and special technique. You can also engrave wedding memorials and memories of the trip.

    The workshop is in Kuchiyanai Village, in the middle of the Shimanto River middle basin, and you can relax leisurely in the river after losing yourself in the making of cutlery. If you are lucky, you may also be able to encounter deer, wild boar, monkeys and other wild animals. Please enjoy the unique experience of Japan from the heart of great nature.

    【How to go】

    ① By car

    · About 3 hours by car from Kochi City and Kochi Ryoma Airport (about 150 km).

    · About 30 minutes by car from Shimanto City center (approximately 25 km).

    ② By Train and Bus

    < Rounte 1 >

    · Take a Limited Express Train 'Shimanto' from Kochi station or Takamatsu station and get off at Nakamura station. Take a bus from Nakamura Station (bound for Ekawasaki station). Get off at 'Kuchiyanai' stop, then walk about 15 minutes on foot.

    < Rounte 2 >

    · Take JR Yodo Line (bound for Uwajima) from Kubokawa station and get off at Ekawasaki Station. Take a bus (bound for Nakamura station) and get off at 'Kuchiyanai' stop, from where it is about 15 minutes on foot.

    < Local Bus Timetable >

    From Nakamura station: 6:41 am / 12:45 pm /16:18 pm

    From Ekawasaki station: 7:00 am / 13:05 pm / 16:45 pm
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Workshop KUROGANE, Japan, 〒787-1324 Kochi, Shimanto, Nishitosakuchiyanai, 天王山944

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can offer hotel pick up only in Shimanto city with JPY3000 additional fare.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Training experience.
    • Teaching in English.
    • A set of equipment necessary for the experience (work clothes, protective glasses, raw materials, a set of tools)
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 14 July 2019

    I participated in a workshop with Master Hayashi making our own knives. The experience was absolutely amazing as we actually got to participate in all steps of the knife making/forging process. The master was so helpful in explaining the techniques we should use for each...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    3  Thank mso_tokyo
    Takeshi S, マネージャー at OMAKASE, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2019

    Thank you for joining our workshop, and your wonderful review! I am really happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience of making knives with the master. I hope to see you again!! Moeko

    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    Once you got there, it is absolutely worth experience. I enjoyed making a knife with other customers. Mr.Hayashi can speak English well and he was really friendly to not only Japanese but also foreigners. If you are looking for unforgettable experiences, this is it.More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    2  Thank laksmiapril
    Takeshi S, 支配人 at OMAKASE, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2019

    Thank you so much for joining the Japanese handicraft experience and your wonderful review! I’m glad that you enjoyed creating a kitchen knife from scratch in a traditional way. I hope you will cherish your own knife forever and be familiar with many other Japanese...More

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    23 April 2019|
    Response from Shimantoguesthouses |
    Sorry I’m probably too late in answering your question but YES it does! Jennamarie you can usually choose the style of knife and if it’s not completed on the day, Hayashi san will finish it for you and post it to you. It’s a... More
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