Sanjo City in Niigata Prefecture has been known for its blacksmiths since the 17th century when many farmers struggled to make a living amid frequent flooding. A local magistrate went to Edo (Tokyo) and invited some blacksmiths to start making nails as a second industry and giving them an alternative source of income. Farmers were encouraged to forge nails as a sideline to agriculture, to help them survive during lean years.
Do you want to experience blacksmithing? Then here is our offer to visit Sanjo Kaji Dojo (Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo). The facility was built by the city to keep alive the blacksmithing tradition and pass on the craftsmanship for future generations, and to spread the wonders of traditional blacksmithing techniques to all visitors. They offer a series of workshops, teaching traditional Sanjo blacksmithing skills.
Learn how to forge a wakugi and make a wind chime using that wakugi. English guidance is available. This workshop is open on Fridays only and accepts up to 2 participants, so you can have a nearly one-on-one lesson and focus on experiencing the blacksmithing atmosphere.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Ironware Wind Chime Making
Adult/Child: 9 years old and above
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Sanjo Kaji Dojo (Sanjo Blacksmith Dojo)