Blacksmithing of Sanjo

Sanjo city, located roughly in the center of Niigata Prefecture, is easily accessible, being just 2 hours from Tokyo on the Joetsu Shinkansen, and approximately 1 hour from Niigata Airport. The city is known as a craftsman town. Its uchi-hamono (hammer-forged blades), are known for being made with advanced free forging techniques. The various product lines stemming from this molding technique are world famous and in the city, there are facilities where you can try these blacksmithing techniques hands-on, as well as open factories where you can watch sophisticated artisanal techniques at work. In October, the well-known factories of Sanjo open up to the public at once for the "Tsubame Sanjo Factory Festival"