Bizen Osafune Sword Museum 備前長船刀剣博物館
See some of the finest cutting weapons ever produced, and how they're made and maintained
The Bizen Osafune Sword Museum displays blades made by long-dead master swordsmiths, but that's not all. This is a learning center as well, with workshops and seminars on the craft held frequently, including the sword-making process.
- Seeing master swordsmiths at work
- Attending a sword maintenance seminar
- Talking to master craftspeople
How to Get There
You can reach the museum by train.
Take the Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Osafune Station, then a taxi to the Sword Museum.
Watch a blade being forged
Witness firsthand the sword-making process, and talk directly with the craftspeople who specialize in particular parts of the sword.
Organized in the style of a village, the museum often holds special events, where food and drink are available in an almost festival-like atmosphere.
One of the best-known exhibits features swords from the legendary Evangelion animated series.