Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kobe: Hours, Address, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
4.5
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Luzon, Philippines109 contributions
Dec 2020
This made me get into carpentry. I had my two architectural assistants on a bonus holiday. Extremely interesting specially if you are into construction, architectural design or furniture making. Visited before the world got locked down due to Covid.
Written November 5, 2021
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Tom O
Porto, Portugal5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit.
Written March 1, 2020
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Philip in Oxford
Oxford, UK437 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Beautifully presented museum and a great place to get some insight into carpentry and the building of wood and bamboo structures across the centuries.

Clearly some interest in the subject helps, but even if you’re not feeling that inclined you will be fascinated by the building techniques and tools used.

It’s well worth a visit and is about 150m from Kobe station. It’s a really easy to get to and worth an hour of two of your time.
Written February 29, 2020
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AraleMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia330 contributions
Jan 2020
This place is about 8 mins walk from Shin-Kobe station. Entry is 500 yen per adult, 200 yen discounted fee for seniors (65+) and primary and junior high students are free.

Please check their timetable before going as they have woodwork workshop on various days but they also have regular changes to the timetable. We were planning to visit on a Saturday but a week before our due trip we checked the website and they've decided that particular Saturday will have no workshop. So we changed our visit to Sunday.

We recommend arriving early. We got there at 10am and went straight to the woodwork workshop to experience woodwork. We were lucky to be the only ones there and got lots of attention. It is not hard to understand their instructions even though they spoke Japanese only. Their demonstrations are very clear. At around 11 am they started getting busier in the workshop.

We had a high school kid and a primary school kid experiencing woodwork and were thoroughly enjoying it. An adult can accompany each child so adults get to experience it too. The museum is very interesting. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there.
Written January 12, 2020
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jimZ4586JM
Genoa, NV12 contributions
Dec 2019
If you are fascinated by woodworking this museum is a must see. Videos, computer animations,and displays that you can touch make this a truly informative and interesting way to understand the difference between Japanese and Western woodworking
Written December 21, 2019
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PAA Canuck
Kericho, Kenya8 contributions
Nov 2019
Its amazing to think that all this detailed woodwork was done by hand! This museum, while small, is a great revelation into the skill and traditions in Japan. Its also a quiet pleasant way to spend a few hours and close to a train station. I highly recommend a visit if you are in Kobe.
Written December 8, 2019
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Justin
6 contributions
Oct 2019
It was raining. This came up as a spot to check out. 11/10 awesome! When you walk in the door you're hit with the smell of lumber; cypress and cedar and the like. I think it cost like 1,000 yen for my ticket. So very much worth it as I spent hours there and not because of the rain.
It's only three floors, yet so very fascinating. They give a full history of Japanese wood working from prehistoric times to the modern era. A good quarter of the exhibits are even hands on! There are also video presentations in certain areas.
The craftsmanship that was developed over the centuries is remarkable. So many of the shrines, temples and structures across Japan are fashioned together using these methods. Very few of the old structures even bothered to use nails. The carving alone held the fit; even through earthquakes! This museum shines a light on the older world around you as you tour Japan.
Written December 7, 2019
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AislingWalsh
Cork, Ireland80 contributions
Oct 2019
We visited here by chance during our short stay in Kobe. I came across it while googling Things to do in Kobe! My only regret is that we didn't get here earlier in the day to spend more time here.
This museum is SO INTERESTING! If you really want to learn about Japanese craftsmanship, here is the place to go. A wonderful selection of historical tools, information about different aspects of carpentry and building. It was great! Very enjoyable.
Written November 5, 2019
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BigRedRose1990
Kobe, Japan20 contributions
Oct 2018
I'd lived in Kobe for about 10 years and hadn't gone to the carpentry tools museum because it didn't sound very exciting. I was completely WOWed when I went there as part of work training.

The exhibits are fantastic, especially the intricately carved Japanese doors and the life-size replica of a torii shrine gate. The elevated section of the museum allows you to see the woodwork up close. There are also multilingual videos that explain various tools and carpentry techniques.

Lastly, if you have time, they also have workshops and you can make your own cutting board to take home as a souvenir.
Written September 3, 2019
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matthewrafat
San Francisco, CA454 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
It’s a history of Japanese lumber and carpentry techniques. I was going to say you should skip it if you’re a casual observer until I saw an exquisitely-made sliding door on the last floor. That one piece is absolutely worth your time. Kids might like this place more than adults, especially if they can enter the workshop. (July 2019)
Written July 17, 2019
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