Japan’s Blacksmithing Legacy in Sengoku Warring States Era

Nestled in the tranquil valley of the Kusano River, Kajiyacho stands as a village with a deep-rooted blacksmithing heritage that dates back to medieval Japan. Under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a prominent figure in Japanese history who once governed the Nagahama area, Kajiyacho became a crucial center for producing armor and spears during the turbulent Warring States period. The village’s exceptional skill was showcased in the ‘Kusano-yari’ spears, renowned for their battlefield efficacy. As history progressed into the modern era, the focus shifted to crafting agricultural tools, leading to the emergence of nearly 100 vibrant workshops. However, by the 1950s, the blacksmithing industry had significantly declined, with Man’yo Kajiya Koya” standing as the only remaining workshop, now cherished as a municipal tangible folk cultural property.

Visitors are required to make prior reservations to explore this historical site. Kajiyacho offers unique, hands-on blacksmith experiences led by local experts, providing a glimpse into the village’s rich cultural legacy. For more information and to plan your visit, please refer to the activity page.

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