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Shinshu Saws: Smithy Guided Tour

Price: JPY 3,500 ~(tax excl.) Duration: 2h


200 years of tradition narrated by the last living artisan

Pay a visit to Morozumi-san's workshop, the last stronghold of a disappearing craft. The craftsman will personally introduce you to the history of Shinshu saws and explain the role this craft plays in perpetuating the local tradition of the Onbashira festival. He will also give a demonstration of his techniques, thus displaying the skills he acquired after years of practice. The visit will conclude with a hand on session where you can try sharpening saw teeth.

As long as there are people in need of my saws, I will keep forging

Unable to do any farming in the frosty winter months, some locals sapiently used the dry cold weather to start an unsurpassed craft of saw blacksmithing. Shinshu saws are made with the best-quality ironsand. Each one is expertly crafted by the smiths to be well-balanced, sharp, and hard-wearing, which of course, made them the most sought-after carpenter tools in the market.

Where there used to be hundreds of smithies, nowadays only remains the one run by Kanehiro Morozumi. Kanehiro has worked as a smith for 55 years as his father before him, carrying on the tradition inherited from generation after generation of craftsmen.

Kanehiro does not have any disciple to succeed him, and lately, the company which extracted the ironsand closed down, thus blocking his only channel to the precious raw material.
The future of Shinshu saws looks bleak, but the smith does not let anything bring him down.
When asked about his plan for the future, he replied with a smile that: “As long as there are people in need of my saws, I will keep forging to the best of my abilities.

Morozumi Kanehiro

Certified Shinshu Master Craftsman


Period April~November
Due Date 7 days before the activity
Duration 2h


Activity starts
The craftsman will talk about the Shinshu saw tradition and his own experience as a smith


Guided visit to the workshop- The smith will demonstrate his technique


Let's try sharpening the saw teeth!


Explanation of the various types of saws


Activity ends

No. of participants Min. 2 people Max. 6 people
Price / person JPY 3,500/ person +TAX
Free for children under 12
English-speaking guide included

*From January 2022 adult prices will change as shown below:
JPY 3,500 (tax excl.) → 4,500 (tax excl.)
Included in the price Visit with English-speaking guide, sharpening experience
Payment method Credit card
Cancellation policy from 7 days prior to activity day : 30%
from 3 days prior to activity day : 50%
1 day before the activity day : 70%
the activity day : 100%
Access 10min by car from Chino Station *Transfer available