竹中大工道具館

It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Shin-kobe station (新神戸駅) to the only carpentry tools museum in Japan. It is a must see destination!

 You need to make a reservation

 9:30 – 16:30 (last admission 16:00) / Monday closed

  7 Chome-5-1 Kumochicho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0056  078-242-0216

IndividualGroup Discount
Adults¥500¥400
Students(Uni / High School )¥300¥200
Students(Elementary / Junior High School)FreeFree
Senior (+65)¥200¥200

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens and housed in an architectural masterpiece, the Takenaka Museum is the only carpentry tools museum in Japan.

Opened in 1984, the museum contains over 35,000 pieces of display materials that showcases the history of carpentry in Japan. Individuals with little interest in architecture or carpentry will be pleasantly surprised by this wonderful museum with its modern atmosphere and facilities.

It is only a 10min walk from Shin-Kobe station, but if you have time and the weather is pleasant, I highly recommend you start your walk from Sannomiya station. The walk will take less than 30 min and there is a chance you may come across other points of interest along the way. For example there is a nice Germany bakery, a Chicken Karaage counter restaurant, a Taco restaurant, just to name a few.

木組分解してみました (Revealing the Carpentry Behind Wood Joining)

“木組分解してみました”(Revealing the Carpentry Behind Wood Joining)was an exhibition in Kobe from October to December 2019.

According to the theme, joined wood frames are on display for visitors to experience wood-joining assembly. The experience is supposed to heal an individual by the scent of the wood from the trees on display. Wood joining is a technique for joining timber frames without the use of nails or adhesive.

This exhibit has full-size working timber models showcasing Japanese wood joining techniques which visitors can handle and experience for themselves.

Once you see these intricate wood joining techniques, you will appreciate and respect the skill and craftsmanship Japanese carpenters (職人 – Shokunin)apply in their craft. .

Do you draw drawings in your head? No you don’t and that is why I think this exhibit is particularly fascinating. It gives the visitors an opportunity to see and appreciate a Japanese carpenter’s creativity.

In Kobe, this exhibit has already ended. However, in 2020, the same exhibit can be seen in Nagoya, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Sapporo (in this order).

Unfortunately, the current exhibit is temporarily closed due to safety precautions in-place for the Corona Virus outbreak.

On the first and second basement floors, there are seven exhibition corners that convey the charm and history of carpentry in Japan through interactive models, illustrations and tools displays.

The displays also highlight the differences between Japanese and non-Japanese carpentry tools, Kumiko crafts, blacksmithing and the types of wood often used in carpentry.

There is a workshop that anyone can take-part in for a fee of one coin. If you are interested in taking part, please check here before you go.

While this museum will be fascinating to anyone who has an interest in architecture and construction, I think just about anyone will enjoy its exhibits.

The museum have self-guided audio tours for free, which I think will enhance the experience, particularly for those that do not speak Japanese.

Apparently it is a popular destination for foreigners visiting Kobe.

In the main building, there are lockers available for use. At the rear of the museum, there is a separate building for visitors to rest and have their lunch or a coffee break. You can bring your own lunch and enjoy it in a nice atmosphere with a beautiful garden setting 🙂 Enjoy!