Experience kitchen knife sharpening and iron forging

Traditional Japanese kanamono metalwork is produced across the nation


Miki City in Hyogo Prefecture

In Japan, utensils and tools made from metal are collectively called kanamono. As in many other fields, the manufacturing process has largely been mechanized. However there are still many artisans who adhere to traditional handmade methods, taking the time to carefully craft products of high quality that are prized around the world. Production centers are scattered across the country, including Nambu ironware from Iwate Prefecture, blades from Sakai City in Osaka Prefecture, and carpentry tools and cooking utensils from Miki City in Hyogo Prefecture.

Miki City in Hyogo Prefecture is well known as a place that produces some of Japan’s finest kanamono metalwork. Professionals both in Japan and around the world have long sought out its carpentry tools, used on construction sites, and knives, used by chefs.

Try out a sharpening workshop to maintain their cutting ability, and then complete the final process of attaching a handle and engraving under the guidance of a craftsman.
You can bring your knife back home, so it is also great as a souvenir.

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  • Francisco José López Pérez

    Making your own Japanese knife and getting it to your home.

  • May-z

    This experience was exciting, informative, & fun! I loved watching the craftsman sharpening knives & the experience of trying to make my own. It was much trickier than it looked! I'm looking forward to cooking with the knife that I helped make & I'm sure it will bring back fun memories of the trip when I do.

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Experience information

Facility names
Nagahara Knife Manufacturing Company
Yamamoto Plane Manufacturing Company
Inami Shuzo Co., Ltd.
Name of experience
Experience kitchen knife sharpening and iron forging
Yunoyama Street, 2 Shiba-machi, Miki City, Hyogo 673-0414
9:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Bookings required+Saturday,Sunday,and holiday close
24,000 yen (please arrange your own insurance)
Tea ceremony: Full experience 6,000 yen; Simple experience 3,000 yen
Flower arranging: 3,000 yen
* Optional extras include two types of tea ceremony (full experience or simple experience) and flower arranging.
Payment methods
Cash (Japan yen) or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, Discover Card)
Number of guests accepted (groups)
Up to three people
Telephone number
Multi-language support
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
*The website contains English text.