Bizen Osafune Token Village

Bizen Osafune Token Village

Bizen Osafune Token Village
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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roy v
By roy v
Great to be able to see the swordsmiths at work
Jul 2019
A couple of days ago we went to Okayama to visit friends and they very kindly took us to the village as they knew I was interested in Japanese swords and history. It was a marvellous experience, we were lucky that on this particular Sunday the swordsmiths were doing a demonstration on taking the raw metal that has been made from sand from the nearby mountains and heating it to a very high temperature of 1300 degrees and pounding it into shape with very heavy hammers and then folded over , then heated again and folded again, this folding can happen up to fifteen times and this is why these Japanese swords that the Samurai used in battle were soo strong.. It was great to watch them , hard hot work, they told us a good sword can take up to six months to make and are very expensive.The demonstration went for about an hour , we were offered safety glasses to wear as there are a lot of sparks flying about when two guys start hitting the molten metal, good idea to use them especially if you are up the front getting the best view. This demonstration happens on the 2nd, Sunday of every month and happen at 11am, and 2pm. Well worth seeing how the masters have worked the metal to be able to make these super strong swords for hundreds of years. We then went into the museum part of the village where you can view many ancient swords made by famous Masters hundreds of years ago , many were made in the 14th. Century, one sword there has been declared a national treasure, I believe owned by a very famous Samurai warrior, so much history, and I thought as I was looking at this amazing display of famous swords , they were all used in battle. There is a nice gift shop at the village, so if your real keen you can buy a replica but a original would have to be ordered and would cost thousands of dollars. Opening hours are from 9am. to 5 pm. Closed Mondays. Admission 500 Yen, very good value.. Thankful our friends took us there, highly recommend.

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BayTraveler00
California Hot Springs, CA23 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
If you are at all interested in Japanese swords this is the place to be. We visited the museum and the token gallery. People are extremely friendly and very nice place to visit
Written July 13, 2014
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA565 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
It was very interesting to learn about the making of Japanese swords. Fortunately we had a tour guide who was able to explain most things since the museum guide spoke very little English. The swords there were absolutely amazing and well worth the trip. It was one of the highlights for my son.
There were numerous swords on display with anime girls/women in the background in rated R costumes. Perhaps too mature for pre teens.
The store at the end was well stocked with souvenirs. They have everything from replica swords for 18000 yen to actually hand made ones for 30 times that.
This is fairly out of the way but for our group it was worth the journey.
Written July 28, 2013
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Helen D
Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
I'm a potter who seeks anything pottery related on our travels. However, even for non-potters, just people interested in the country life and who have respect for art and culture, this is an absolute must. The little station coffee shop (the first thing you see when arriving by train), is awesome. They use gorgeous, hand made and wood fired Bizen mugs....plus the fact that the coffee is one of the best we had in Japan. This was a wonderful gateway to the rest of the town where one can see about 30 shops/galleries. The potters greet you on arrival, willingly and enthusiastically showing you their work, their studios and either anagama or naborigama kilns (an amazing education taking you back to the beginnings of time).
Written March 18, 2016
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BrizzyFifi
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
We went on a Wednesday and were able to see a craftsman working steel in the sword forge, as well as some other craftsmen working on metal work & engraving and blade sharpening. If you don't mind walking to the studio rather than catching a taxi, it is pretty straight forward and easy to get to on foot from the station.
Written December 23, 2015
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retrojects
Adelaide, Australia114 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
If you are into the art behind the Japanese sword, then this is the place to go! There are displays of many art swords in the museum section, but definitely the workshops in the village are amazing. If you go on a Sunday, you will see many of the artisan employing their crafts, including the forging and beating of new swords. Spend some time watching the sharpeners, or scabbard makers. English is basic, like most of Japan, but there is enough to educate the novice, and plenty to enjoy visually
Written April 23, 2014
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,812 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
A couple of days ago we went to Okayama to visit friends and they very kindly took us to the village as they knew I was interested in Japanese swords and history.
It was a marvellous experience, we were lucky that on this particular Sunday the swordsmiths were doing a demonstration on taking the raw metal that has been made from sand from the nearby mountains and heating it to a very high temperature of 1300 degrees and pounding it into shape with very heavy hammers and then folded over , then heated again and folded again, this folding can happen up to fifteen times and this is why these Japanese swords that the Samurai used in battle were soo strong.. It was great to watch them , hard hot work, they told us a good sword can take up to six months to make and are very expensive.The demonstration went for about an hour , we were offered safety glasses to wear as there are a lot of sparks flying about when two guys start hitting the molten metal, good idea to use them especially if you are up the front getting the best view. This demonstration happens on the 2nd, Sunday of every month and happen at 11am, and 2pm. Well worth seeing how the masters have worked the metal to be able to make these super strong swords for hundreds of years.
We then went into the museum part of the village where you can view many ancient swords made by famous Masters hundreds of years ago , many were made in the 14th. Century, one sword there has been declared a national treasure, I believe owned by a very famous Samurai warrior, so much history, and I thought as I was looking at this amazing display of famous swords , they were all used in battle.
There is a nice gift shop at the village, so if your real keen you can buy a replica but a original would have to be ordered and would cost thousands of dollars.
Opening hours are from 9am. to 5 pm. Closed Mondays. Admission 500 Yen, very good value..
Thankful our friends took us there, highly recommend.
Written July 15, 2019
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drsOsaka_Japan
Osaka, Japan107 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I came on a Saturday afternoon and all the workshops were closed for some reason which was kind of a bummer. If you're (really) into Japanese swords then you'll love this place. If not, you'll probably find it rather boring. The museum is just literally two rooms of blades in stands. I loved it, but as I said, some people wouldn't really 'get it' and probably leave after 2 minutes. Some gorgeous blades, that's for sure!

One thing to keep in mind too is that all printed explanations about each blade are only in Japanese. Would have been great to see the smiths at work too....maybe next time.
Written June 2, 2019
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Stephenbkk20156
Okayama Prefecture, Japan712 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
In a seat-back pocket in a taxi, I happened to find information about the annual Bizen Festival. As it happened to be the next weekend, and we happened to have visitors coming, we included it in our plans.

I was neber a great fan of Bizen Pottery before. It seemed a bit dull and subdued, but here we had a chance to see a wide range of wares in a multitude of hues of dull and subdued. I began to appreciate the subtlethy of expression and the beauty of the earth tones.

We got there on an overcrowded train, which seemed to take forever to get there from Okayama station. Then, I was in a long line because the local statuon was not equipped to deal with my train pass electronically.

Eventually emerging into the streets of the village, we found them lined with stall after stall selling Bizen ware. There were several sttreets and a number of open areas like this, a bewildering variety of pottery on display. People angling to get closer, looking, touching, appreciating. The prices were, apparently, better than on non-festival days and we did indeed by a number of pieces. Other stalls provided food and snacks. Regular stores fronting onto the street displayed the best of their wares. Nice atmosphere, friendly and appreciative.

In fact, the display and variety were so good that we are reluctant to go back on a non-festival days, when presumably only the shops would be selling pottery. Worried we might be disappointed.
Written April 14, 2018
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Tudor C
81 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Its a great place to see if your intersted in nihon to. The museum contains some important koto swords but is as small as the one in Tokyo.
Great to meet masters on the subject, forging, saya, tsuka maki. rich souvenir shop with lots of beautiful sageo .
On Sunday special workshops where you can see the masters at work. and even try it yourself if you enroll before in a special program online .

There is also a very special nihonto/katana shop nearby . Ask at the museum .

If its on your way its worth going but otherwise...can be hard to get there and also to find accommodation
Written December 13, 2017
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