What to See & Do

Traditional Japanese Sword Forging Demonstration

古式日本刀鍛錬一般公開(Koshiki Nihon-toh Tanren Ippan Koukai)

See a blade be forged before your very eyes!

Traditional Japanese Sword Forging Demonstration写真
Watch the master bladesmiths of Seki practice their craft and be enthralled as you see them pound raw steel and make sparks fly through their demonstration of traditional sword-making techniques that have been passed down for over 700 years. Afterwards, since it takes more than just the blacksmiths to create a complete sword, make sure to see the blade-sharpening and sheath-making masters work their magic inside of the museum.

On days that forging events are held, admission to the Traditional Swordsmith Museum itself is free.

※Sword Forging demonstrations are now held on a monthly basis!
Date ・Normal Demonstrations: First Sunday of each month (except October and January)
・Cutlery Festival: October (Check website for specific dates)
・Uchizome Ceremony: January 2nd
Time ・Normal Demonstrations: 10:00am, 1:30pm
・Cutlery Festival Demo.: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm
・Uchizome Ceremony: 10:00am
Venue Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum
Address / Map Minami Kasuga-cho 9-1, Seki City, Gifu
Telephone Number 0575-23-7704  (Seki City Tourism and Exchange Division)
Price Adults: ¥300, High School Students: ¥200, Middle and Elementary School Students: ¥100
Directions 5 minute walk from the “Hamono Kaikan-mae” stop (Nagaragawa Railway)
10 minute drive from the Seki IC on the Tokai-hokuriku Expressway
Notes ※Dates and times subject to change
※With the renovation of the forging area, there are now TVs that present explanations of the swordsmithing process in English and Chinese.