Local Connections: Tatara & Sword Maker with Award-winning Chef's Lunch Box

7 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 9 8 5
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$ 219.95
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Includes meal, Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The cultural delights of Okuizumo await your discovery on this full-day adventure that introduces you to local partners who will enrich your experience. Board a motorcoach and enjoy a scenic, two-hour drive to your first stop, the Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum, to explore the artistry and legend of authentic Japanese sword making. Peruse the displays and learn the actual iron-making process from Mr. Kobayashi Shunji, a local swordsmith with a family sword-making history that dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868). Learn the technique of forging and watch an engaging Japanese sword making demonstration. You will receive a bento box lunch made with fresh, regional ingredients presented by Mr. Hideaki Tachibana, a government award-winning Japanese chef. Enjoy this traditional lunch on the motorcoach as you gaze out the window at the passing sights on your 40-minute drive to Sakurai Residence. Built in 1738, the building was owned by the headmaster of an iron-making business during the Edo period. Peruse the historic building and the Japanese garden, then sip a matcha Japanese green tea before the relaxed drive back to port.

Special Notes:

*Time to see the museum exhibits will be short since the main purpose of visit is to see the sword making demonstration.
*Box lunch will be handed out at the museum, to be consumed on the bus.
*Visiting order may vary.
*No dietary request is accommodated on this tour.
*In case the local partners are not available, a different person will be arranged for the tour date.
*In case The Sakurai Residence is closed due to maintenance, the tour will visit the Itohara Residence.
*Capacity of this tour is limited.
*Please note that if the tour does not reach minimum number of participants one month prior to the tour date, the tour may be cancelled.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart the port to Tatara & Katana Museum

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 02:00
Time at site: 01:10
Free time at site: 10
Inside visit: Yes
Air conditioned: Yes
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes

Lunch time on the tour coach

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 00:40

Visit Sakurai Residence, museum, garden and taste Japanese tea

Time at site: 01:00
Air conditioned: No
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: No

Return to port

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 02:10