【Departs from Yonago】 Limited tour dates! Departs May 22: Japanese Sword Quick-draw Technique Demonstration and Hands-on Modern Tatara Furnace Experience  3 Days

Highlights

・The tour starts off with a look at local iron- and steelmaking history, exploring its background in traditional culture and how it has related to people's lifestyles. Afterward, guests view a demonstration using Japanese swords made from tamahagane steel, which are symbols of martial arts, traditional crafts and aesthetic beauty in Japan. ・During day two of the tour, guests will have the chance to view and try using a modern tatara furnace for themselves. ・On the final day, guests will make their own small blade using tamahagane, a rare type of steel. Tour guests will be able to try steelmaking using a genuine tatara furnace. ★ Tatara furnace steelmaking has undergone continual development from ancient times up to the modern day. The bellows (fuigo) used to send air into the furnace are also called tatara, which is where the ""tatara furnace"" name originates. In tatara furnace steelmaking, iron sand, iron ore and other such materials are reduced at relatively low temperatures inside a charcoal-fueled clay furnace to produce high-purity steel. Until the early part of Japan's modern history, domestic steel was almost all produced in this fashion. ★ [Baby/Child Tour Prices] Children ages 0–5 cannot participate in this tour. [Items Included in Tour Price] Admission and activity fees for facilities/sites included in the tour plan, English-speaking interpreter–guide (from time of initial gathering on first day to end of tour on third day), lunch costs, lodging costs for two nights (including two breakfasts and two dinners) [Note regarding the day-two hands-on modern tatara furnace activity] Your clothing may get dirty during furnace-related activities due to the use of iron sand and other such materials. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and are easy to move around in. [Notes and precautions] * Because this is not a group tour, no tour manager will accompany guests. However, an English-speaking interpreter–guide will accompany the tour. Your final tour schedule, which is required for the tour, will be sent prior to the scheduled departure date. Customers are responsible for reaching the tour starting point on their own. Costs for transport to and from the tour start/end point are not included in tour costs. ・Tour facilities/sites may be closed suddenly without prior notice in response to local conditions and needs. If this occurs, we will attempt to provide an alternate facility/site, but even if no alternate is provided tour costs will not be refunded, discounted, etc. ・Lodging facility rooms for the tour are reserved with 2 guests per room. If you wish to request 4 guests in a single room, please inform us when making your reservation. However, be aware that some lodging facilities are unable to provide rooms accommodating 4 guests. Room type cannot be specified by tour customers. We ask for your understanding in these matters.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • (9:00) Depart from Yonago Kitaro Airport after meeting English-speaking interpreter–guide (tour-use vehicle provided) (9:40~11:00) Visit Wakou Museum (12:00~12:30) View terraced fields in the town of Okuizumo-cho (12:40~13:30) Lunch (soba buckwheat noodles provided) (14:00~16:00) Japanese sword quick-draw technique demonstration by Battosai at the Kabeya-syuseikan History Museum (Around 17:00) Arrive at hotel * Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • (9:00) Depart from hotel (tour-use vehicle provided) (9:45~11:40) Visit Sugaya Tatara Sannai, tour Tessendo (Tatara shop) (12:00~13:30) Lunch (Japanese cuisine provided) (14:00–16:00) Tour modern tatara furnace (Around 17:00) Arrive at hotel * Dinner will be provided at the hotel.

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • (9:00) Depart from hotel (tour-use vehicle provided) (9:30~11:30) Visit Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum and make own small blade (Around 13:00) Arrive at Yonago Kitaro Airport; tour ends upon arrival.



Detail

Departure place

Designated place

Meeting Time

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Destination

Tottori, Shimane

Language
  • English

Language Support

This particular course is operated as a free plan tour, therefore there will not be any language support from a tour conductor. We will however, provide the final confirmation and itinerary in the preferred language of your choice.

Minimum number of participants for operation

4 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

1 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition
The prices may vary depending on number of participants and other conditions.