How about experiencing traditional Japanese craft culture through "Kaji"? In a contemporary society that emphasizes digital networks, analog techniques such as smithing technology's "Handicraft" and "Intuition" have become far from everyday life. This activity will offer you the opportunity to make a Japanese-style knife in the atelier of a master blacksmith.
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 pmFrom Ekawasaki station: 7:00 am / 13:05 pm / 16:45 pm