ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Sword making began to flourish in the Kamakura period (1185-1333); at this period in history, sword making techniques were more fully developed and began to overtake other countries in terms of quality and production. The long history of sword making that flourished in Osafune still survives. The museum is dedicated to preserving the sword making arts for future generations.
Visitors can see exhibits of fine examples of swords and related accessories on display. The museum also offers workshops and demonstrations several days per month; if you are interested in participating in a workshop or attending one of the demonstrations, please contact us for information on schedules and fees. Advanced reservations required for all workshops and demonstrations.
The booking fees includes train fares (departing from JR Okayama Station), taxi to/from museum and museum entry. Guides / attendants are available upon request, they incur additional fees.
ABOUT THE AREA
Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.
Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.
The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.
The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.
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