Tourist spot in Okayama Prefecture

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum [備前長船刀剣博物館]

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum
Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum
Photo : Okayama Prefectural Tourism Federation

Japanese swords in the museum
Japanese swords in the museum
Photo : Okayama Prefectural Tourism Federation

Bizen Osafune Japanese sword museum is a museum introducing Japanese sword.

It is located about 20 km east of Okayama city and is in Osafune town in Setouchi city.

Since the ancient times, good iron sand had been produced in the mountain around Osafune area.
So, Japanese swords had been produced in this area.

In the 16th century, civil wars often broke out.
Many Japanese swords were produced for the war in Osafune area and Seki area in Gifu Prefecture.

After the end of fudal age in 1868, Japanese sword had been unnecessary as a weapon of war and became an art craftwork.

Work of swordsmith for Japanese sword
Work of swordsmith for Japanese sword
Photo : Okayama Prefectural Tourism Federation

Work of carving on Japanese sword
Work of carving on Japanese sword
Photo : Okayama Prefectural Tourism Federation

In this museum, Japanese sword in Osafune is introduced as a work of art.

And, there are a few workshops of Japanese sword in the site.
We can see the works of swordsmith, carving on metal, lacquer painting, etc. in the workshops.

How to get here

By JR Ako Line, from Okayama to Osafune, about 28 minutes by local train.
Then, you can go to the museum by taxi. (About 3 km from the station)

Or, by route bus for Katakami, about 1 hour and 5 minutes from Okaya station to Tenno stop.
Then, about 700 meters walk from Tenno stop.

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