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Gassan Sword Workshop & Museum

月山記念館

Gassan Sword Workshop & Museum

月山記念館

The Gassan school of sword makers started in Yamagata 800 years ago, making swords for monks who practiced Shugendo, for protection from wild animals as they hiked up Mount Gassan. They moved to Osaka in the 1820s and then to Sakurai in Nara. The current master, Sadatoshi Gassan creates Gassan’s distinctive “ayasugi” pattern on the steel, giving the blades a fine texture, like woodgrain. Gassan blades are collected by Japan's Emperor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Even with five apprentices, each sword takes up to a year to make. It is possible to visit the workshop and museum, though it is only open to the public on Saturdays from March to November (closed in August).

Last update: 2017-04-13

Venue Details & Access Info
Address

228-8 Chihara, Sakurai

桜井市大字茅原228-8

Access

From JR Miwa Station:
- 15 minutes on foot from the station.

Name/address in local language

  • 月山記念館 Gassan Sword Workshop & Museum
  • address 桜井市大字茅原228-8 228-8 Chihara, Sakurai
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

Spring through Autumn:
10:00 - 16:00

Closed on

Closed on Saturdays between March and November, and everyday throughout August

Admission

Free

Payment

Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

No foreign language spoken (Japanese only)

Contact Details
Tel

0744-42-3230

Fax

0744-42-3230

Website

http://www.city.sakurai.lg.jp/kanko/mirushirutaiken/kashiramoji/kagyo/1394713658659.html

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