Katana sword smith, Gyokudo art museum,colorful leaves, beautiful cafe and Sake tasting!
Hi I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries!
I’m a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter of English for 8 years.
For the people who are interested in and planning trip to Japan ,
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We visited a Japanese sword smith, walked along the Tama River, and enjoyed the autumn leaves and Sake tasting!
1: Gyokudo art museum and Japanese garden with autumn leaves.
Get off at JR Mitake Station and walk down along the Tama River for about 3 minutes, and you will find the Gyokudo art museum.
The museum was built to commemorate the Japanese painter who was active in the first half of the 20th century after his death in Mitake.
This is where he spent the last years of his life.
The museum exhibits paintings, materials, and other items related to the artist until when he was 15 years old.
There is a beautiful Japanese garden.
The gingko trees in the garden are turning beautiful yellow at this time of the year.
There are also many maple trees along the Tama River in this area, and you can enjoy hiking while admiring the beautiful colorful scenery.
2: Sawanoien Cafe
About a 30-minute walk from the Gyokudo Art Museum is the Sawanoien Cafe.
This café has a beautiful riverside view and serves a variety of food, including udon, soba noodles.
Sake tasting is available on the second floor of the Sawanoien Cafe building, where you can drink sake in small tasting glasses for 200-500 yen.( 1.5-3 dollars)
4: Japanese sword smith sightseeing
If you walk 30 minute from the cafe there is a Japanese sword smith.
Visitors are sometimes allowed to observe the creation of a sword.
Japanese swords are made from materials from the ancient Japanese tatara iron manufacturing process.
You can observe a part of the process here.
Currently, according to Japanese government regulations, it takes 15 days to make one Japanese sword.
Today, Japanese swords are treated as works of art, not as weapons.
Why don’t you visit a Japanese garden, hike along the river, enjoy sake tasting, or visit a Japanese sword smith？
I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!