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  •   Gyokusendo
  •   Koshuhanten
  •   Suwada Seisakusyo


City Niigata
Meeting Point Tsubame Sanjo Station (In case your hotel is nearby, we can meet there.)
Ending Point Tsubame Sanjo Station (In case your hotel is nearby, we can part there.)
Departure 10:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 4h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 6


333.00 USD

total price for up to 6 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

Factory tour in the city of metal, Tsubame-Sanjo

You can see the processes in which beautiful metal products are being made.
You can purchase those quality products during the tour if you would like!

Metal forging and processing industry has thrived in the cities of Tsubame and Sanjo, which are located in the middle of Niigata Prefecture.
These days, the name of those two cities has become a brand name, "Tsubame-Sanjo". Cutlery and hardware with "Tsubame-Sanjo" brand are displayed at exhibitions around the world and now renowned for their top quality.
This tour will literally "show" you how those excellent products are made by artisans. You will be captivated not only by the beauty of the finished products, but also by the manufacturing process itself.

About 400 years ago, farmhands living in the two areas were often suffered from floods of nearby rivers and lost their living.
To rescue them from poverty, the then governor invited craftsmen from Edo (Tokyo) and they taught the farmhands production method of Japanese-style nails. Production of nails became side job and it saved their living.
That's the beginning of the strong bond between metal and Tsubame-Sanjo area. Artisans have been improving their techniques of metal forging and processing since then until today, which has made the name of "Tsubame-Sanjo" worldwide.

Places to Visit:


Gyokusendo is a company which has produced "Tsuiki Copperwear" since 1816. Process to produce "Tsuiki Copperwear" is quite unique: Artisans hammer a plate of copper again and again, and eventually, form it into vessels, teapot and so on. Gyokusendo has kept the traditional method since its foundation; moreover, they developed their original coloring method, which has made the company even more exceptional.
We will see inside the factory and study how products are made.

・Koshuhanten (Lunch)

We will have lunch at one of the most famous ramen restaurants in Tsubame-Sanjo area, Koshuhanten.
You will be surprised to see the difference between ramen in Tsubame-Sanjo and that in other places.

・Suwada Seisakusho

Suwada Seisakusho is a company which has produced a wide variety of nail clippers.
Founded in 1926, they originally produced nippers for the use of carpentry. By popular demand, they used the technique that they had accumulated and started producing nail clippers. Useful, elaborate and beautiful, their nail clippers are renowned not only in Japan, but also all over the world.
We will see inside the factory and study how products are made. Then, we will visit the shop & cafe neighboring the factory.

What‘s included

Guide fee, entrance fee (you and guide), transportation fee (chartered taxi for you and guide)

What‘s not included

Food and drink

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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3 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Amazing tour guide ”

We've visited Japan many times and was interested in the craftsmanship of Japanese artisans. Yasushi's tour definitely fit the bill. He was very professional, knowledgeable and personable. We just wish we had allotted more time to spend with him in Tsubame-Sanjo. I've already recommended Yasushi to friends that are looking for a unique and fascinating destination.