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Welcome to Workshop Kurogane

Create your own knives using traditional Japanese blacksmithing methods and take your masterpiece home with you. Classes available in English and Japanese.

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Our Courses

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  • Where is Workshop Kurogane located?
    Workshop Kurogane is situated in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island, along the Shimanto River. The nearest city is Shimanto City, which can be reached by train from Kochi City.
  • How to access Workshop Kurogane?
    From Shimanto City, it is a 30-minute drive by car or a 45-minute trip by public bus to the Kuchi Yanai bus stop. From there, it is a 20-minute walk to Workshop Kurogane. From Kochi City, take the limited Dosan Limited express train (1 hour 45 min) or the regular Dosan Line (approx. 3 hours) to Nakamura Station in Shimanto City. Please note that if you're using the JR pass from Kochi City to Nakamura Station, you will need to pay an extra 2,000 yen from Kubokawa Station to Nakamura Station as the railway changes from JR to a private railway line. You can make the payment when exiting the station at Nakamura.
  • What time do the courses start?
    Typically, the workshops start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 4:00 p.m.
  • What about food and accommodation?
    For the one-day workshop, please bring your own lunch. The workshop is deep in the countryside, and the area has no shops, restaurants, or convenience stores. For multi-day workshops, guests can find their own food and accommodation or book through the workshop at a local guest house providing room and board. Please inquire about rates.
  • What should I wear for my course?
    The workshop provides some work clothing and safety gear, such as safety glasses, ear protection, aprons, and work smocks. Please keep in mind that you will be working with machines and very hot metal, so please wear proper shoes and long pants.
  • Can I take my knife home with me?
    Depending on the number of guests on a given day, knives might not always be completed by the end of the workshop and may require shipping to a location of the customer's choosing. Please note that the shipping costs will be added to the workshop cost.

About Your Sensei:
Nobuya Hayashi

Before starting his apprenticeship with his late master, Nobuya-sensei had a strong interest in foreign countries and cultures. This led him to travel to New Zealand, where he learned to speak English and explored the country's natural beauty by motorcycle.

Upon returning to Japan, he began searching for a place that offered the same natural appeal as the places he had visited in New Zealand. This search led him to the southern tip of Kochi prefecture on Shikoku Island, where he met a local blacksmith who took him on as an apprentice. After a rigorous ten-year apprenticeship, Nobuya Hayashi took over what is now known as Workshop Kurogane.

Nobuya Hayashi has been running the business since 2011. With fluent English and 24 years of experience, he has welcomed the outside world into his workshop and strives to share his love for traditional Japanese knife-making.

Since 2021, Nobuya-sensei has taken on his own apprentice, Jesse from Canada, to assist in providing even more support in his English-led workshops.

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One of the best experiences I’ve had in Japan. They do an amazing job of teaching you and letting you do as much as possible while also ensuring that the finished product comes out perfect. Just the experience alone would have been worth the money if I didn’t get a knife out of it but the fact that I got a custom knife that I designed, helped make, and is incredibly sharp made this whole thing amazing.”

Timothy Fortin

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Location

Workshop Kurogane is located in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island, deep within the lush, green mountains of the countryside along the famed Shimanto River.

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