Here, we present Shimanto-Ashizuri activity plans,
including river and marine activities.

Nature Activities

Blacksmithing Experience Near the Shimanto River

We offer a full day’s workshop, forging red-hot iron at a workshop in a natural wooded environment.
Have you ever imagined yourself with iron working tools in hand? Have you ever thought that you could be at a forge, designing and forming your own unique creation? Come with us on a very special and original escape back in time. Create ironworks in the same way the Japanese have done in ages past.

Your day starts by hammering red-hot iron at our workshop, close to nature and beside the beautiful Shimanto River. Careful attention and determined focus on each process will have you creating and finishing your own unique iron work. The entire process, from start to finish, is very rewarding and many have found it a profound experience, and a personal discovery of a traditional ironsmith within. An English-speaking instructor is available, so this workshop has become very popular among foreign visitors.

(Duration: 7 hours) 
                           
 ・Meet-up and check-in at Workshop Kurogane by 8:50 a.m.
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・9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Briefing on the process of the blacksmithing experience
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 ※ First, you will decide the design for your work (kitchen knife, knife or paper knife).
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・9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Smith forging
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・12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch break
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・1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Shaving the iron
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 ・2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Engraving the iron
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 ・3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Heat treatment (quenching and tempering)
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 ・4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Finishing (sharpening)

※ At a nearby farm restaurant, called “Shaenjiri”, you can enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch for only 1,300 yen. Closed on Wednesdays.                                   
※ If you are participating as a group of two or more, you can perform the tasks up to the quenching stage. Afterwards, the final sharpening process is handled by our instructor and will be sent to you later. (The shipping cost is included in the workshop fee.)

Plan contents

Acceptance period
Year-round
* Online reservations can be made from 3 months to 7 days before the date of the plan.
Fees
Elementary 5th grade students and older: 15,000 yen
Elementary 5th grade students and older: two persons: 12,000 yen per person
※ You may take your finished work (size: 15 cm) home with you at the end of the activity.
Participation conditions
Elementary 5th grade students and older
Time required
7 hours
Number of participants
1 to 6 persons
Meeting place
Access: Take Route 441 from the city center of Shimanto and drive for about 30 minutes. Cross the bridge called Kuchiyanai Ohashi en route, turn left and drive a further 600 meters. Parking spaces are available
944 Tennosan, Nishitosa Kuchiyanai, Shimanto-city, Kochi

Activity time
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Information on the day

Transportation service
Not available
Things you need to prepare for the activity
Required Items to bring:
Please come in appropriate clothing, i.e. old or unwanted clothing and long pants, made of natural fibers. We will supply gloves, protective goggles and work clothes (called “samue” in Japanese).

Precautions
Please note that your clothes may get holes burnt into them during class as we are working with fire. We highly recommend that you wear cotton tops and bottoms and avoid all nylon or fleece clothes as they are much more flammable.
Special notes for groups
Booking required for groups (7 persons or above)
Fees include
Instructor fee and work
※ We supply gloves, protective goggles and work clothes (called “samue” in Japanese).

Fees exclude
Lunch is not included.
There is a farm restaurant, “Shaenjiri” nearby. (1,300 yen per person)
※ Closed on Wednesdays

Payment method
Please pay via cash on the same day on site.
Cancelation policies
If you cancel on the day of activity or fail to show up without notice, we will charge 100 percent of your activity fee. We waive any cancelation fee provided you notify us by the day before.

Sponsorship

Workshop Kurogane
944 Tennosan, Nishitosa Kuchiyanai, Shimanto-city, Kochi 787-1324
TEL:0880-54-1811  FAX:0880-54-1811
■ Business hours:
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
■ Holidays:
Unfixed