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Seki Sword Tradition Museum

関鍛冶伝承館 (Seki Kaji Denshokan)

Watching a live demonstration of Japanese sword forging--and the flying sparks that accompany it--is truly exciting!

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Along with Solingen in Germany, Seki City is one of the most well-known and highly regarded blade-producing areas in the world. To this day, Japanese swords continue to be produced by swordsmiths in the traditional forging style that has been passed down for centuries.

The Seki Sword Tradition Museum shows off the history and tradition of blade-making that date back over 700 years. Documents and videos are always on display for visitors to see, and on certain designated days, a glimpse of traditional Japanese sword forging is shown to the public. Every January 2nd, for example, you can watch the Uchizome-shiki, a ceremony marking the first forging of the year, in which sword smiths dawn their traditional white attire and pound the raw steel with giant hammers, sending out flurries of sparks in the process. It is truly a powerful sight to behold!
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Modern blades exhibition room
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Traditional swords exhibition room
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Traditional forging of a Japanese blade
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Address / Map 9-1 Minamikasuga-cho, Seki City, Gifu  |  Map
Telephone Number 0575-23-3825  (Seki Sword Tradition Museum)
Business Hours 9:00am - 4:30pm
Days Closed for Business Tuesdays, weekends, and the day after a national holiday
Price Adults: 200 yen, Children: 100 yen
Group discounts available (for groups with at least 20 people, tickets are discounted by 50 yen each)
Directions 5-minute walk from the Nagaragawa Railway Hamono Kaikanmae Station