Exposed to Japan’s Craftsmanship at Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum
Tsubame City, only 2 hours away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, has been developed as a city of metalworking from 400 years ago, since the Edo period. In recent years, cutlery made in Tsubame has been used for the Nobel Banquet for its advanced technologies and quality. At Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, you can learn the development of Tsubame’s metalwork industry back in the early Edo period along with the current craftsmen’s masterpieces such as cutlery, kettle, Tuikidouki (hammered copperware), and much more. There are not only buildings for exhibitions but also a workshop hall, newly opened at the museum in 2019, where you are welcome to join the workshop and learn about the city's craftsmanship. Try making your own tumblers by hammering, a technique that has been handed down from one generation to another, or enjoy coloring titanium spoons by anodizing. We also recommend attending the Open Factory, where visitors get a tour around the factories of Tsubame city. You will surely deepen your understanding of Tsubame’s craftsmanship after visiting the museum. Make sure to grab a copy of the Tsubamesanjo Open Factory Guide available in the museum.