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Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

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Learn about the secrets behind Japanese architecture and wooden interiors at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe

Hyogo Tourism Bureau



The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum located in Kobe, near Mt. Rokko and the Nunobiki Falls.

The museum attracts architecture enthusiasts from Japan and overseas who wish to learn about the craft behind traditional Japanese wooden construction techniques, and experience the secrets of carpentry firsthand.

At the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, we offer a journey into the history of woodworking in Japan, encompassing master carpenters, tools and handicraft, carpentry traditions around the world, and on making the most out of wood as a natural resource. The exhibition is divided into seven areas, so you can discover the depth of the history and culture surrounding carpentry tools.

There are various woodworking programs for visitors of all ages. Learn how to use Japanese-style saws and planes, and smell the scent of fresh cut wood. You can also catch demonstrations of the yari-ganna, a spear plane used by Japanese carpenters, along with those of carpentry tools from other countries.

How to get there


From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe Station (around 16 minutes). The museum is about 10 minutes on foot from Shin-Kobe Station.


7-5-1 Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken


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