Local Connections: Tatara & Sword Maker

YGJ-115 | Sakaiminato, Japan | See Special Notes

from $189.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum

You will see:

Moderate Includes snack

Excursion Length:
Approx. 6.5 hours

Tour Overview

Indulge yourself in the world of the ancient art. Whether you are a sword enthusiast or not, your day will be filled with cultural delights that Oku-Izumo has to offer. Board a motorcoach and start your tour from Sakaiminato.

Firstly, you will arrive at Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum. During the short visit of museum, you will learn about Tatara sword-making methods and see the iron-making process with Swordmaker Shunji Kobayashi, followed by a Japanese sword demonstration with Japanses Sword Master.

Then, you will transfer to Sakurai Residence. Built in 1738, the traditional Sakurai residence building was owned by the headmaster of local ironmaking business in Edo period. The front gate called Onarimon was the gate that was especially used when a shogun visited the residence. (It was used six times!) There is a graceful Japanese garden Iwanami, which was named by Fumai Matsudaira, who was the shogun of Izumo-Matsue domain, and also an expert in the tea ceremony.

After admiring the traditional mansion & the garden, you will savor matcha, Japanese green tea.

Then, transfer back to the port by comfortable motorcoach.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


If the local partner is not available on the day under circumstances, she or he will be replaced by another representative.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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