2 DAYS of Forging at a local Smithy

Make your own Japanese knife

Join this unique experience inside a real smithy where you will create your own Japanese knife with the help of a local craftsman. Over the course of two days, you will forge and temper the metal, put an edge to the blade, and sharpen your finished knife. By the end of this activity, you will have a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.


A course Make your own Japanese knife【No guide】

per person

Adults 24200Yen Only children 13 years old and above can participate Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

B course 1 person making 1 knife 【English-speaking guide】

per person

Adults 30800Yen Only children 13 years old and above can participate Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

C course 2 Persons Making 1 Knife【English-speaking guide】

per person

Adults 21450Yen Only children 13 years old and above can participate Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Plan Details

Duration 2021/9/1(Wed)~2022/3/31(Thu)
Currently suspended(It will resume after the end of Covid-19)
Excluded Dates Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
What is included in the travel/plan price ・1 knife
・English-speaking guide(B・C course)
Minimum number of people for reservation 1 person/people
Minimum number of travelers 1 person/people
Maximum number of applicants 2 person/people
Tour Conductor No
Tour Time 3 hours×2days(6 hours in total)
Reservation Deadline 7 days before the activity
Payment Method Creditcard
- Meeting Place -

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【By Train】 JR Chino Station at 8:45 

【By Car】SADAMASA at 9:00

- Important Points -
  • Only fluent Japanese speakers can reserve the [no guide] option.
  • This is not a private tour.
  • Children under 13 years old cannot participate in this activity.
  • Children 13 years old and above can participate in this activity if accompanied by an adult.
- Cancellation Fee -

In cases where the customer cancels the contract after the contract has been completed, 1 customer will be charged a cancellation fee from their travel fee at the following rates. In cases where multiple people are participating and a portion of the customers cancel their contracts, we will charge the remaining customers a fee based on the difference according to the change in the number of people (around 1 vehicle/1 room per person) using transport and accommodation facilities.

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- Plan Provider Company -

Chino Tourism Organization
Chino Station building, Chino 3506, Chino, Nagano, Japan
Registration of Travel Services:Governor of NaganoTravel Services Type 2 611
Certified General Travel Services Manager:Tago naomi

Contact Phone Number:810266-78-7631


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Plan Contents

Course details

【DAY1】9 : 00 Meet at SADAMASA. The tour begins with a brief introduction on Japanese knives・・・
9 : 40 Knife-making experience( forging, tempering, etc.)・・・11 : 40 Small tour of the shop・・・12 : 00 Activity ends for the day

【DAY2】9 : 00 Meet at SADAMASA・・・9 : 10 Knife-making experience(putting an edge to the blade, sharpening, etc.)・・・11 : 40 Visit to the storehouse to see old tools ・・・12 : 00 Activity ends

DAY 1 The blacksmith illustrates the knife-making process

Learn more about Japan’s acclaimed blades and what makes them so special. Then, follow the artisan into the workshop and discover what tasks you will perform the first day.

DAY 1 Forging the Blade

Plunge the metal in the burning forge, lay it on the anvil and hammer it until it has taken a knife-like shape.

DAY 1 More hammering

The blade is cooled in water, then it goes in the forge again to achieve a smooth surface.

DAY 1 Tempering

First, the blade is polished so that during the tempering the heat can propagate all the way to the core. Second, we coat the blade with a thick layer of mud and pass it above the fire to let it dry. At last, we immerge it inside a hot bubbling substance that looks like magma and conclude by letting it sink into a barrel of oil to rest for several hours.

DAY 2 Resuming work

During the tempering the steel shrinks, so you will start by adjusting the warps with a small hammer.

DAY 2 Sharpening

Sharpen the edge by grinding it against a wet natural stone.

DAY 2 And… it’s done!

Congratulations! You now have a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home.
Let’s take a picture to remember this experience.