Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kobe

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The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is a museum of carpentry tools in Kobe, Japan. The museum was opened in 1984 with the objective of collecting and conserving ancient tools as an example of Japanese cultural heritage, in order to pass them on to the next generation through research and exhibitions.
More than 30,500 pieces of materials have been collected so far, and the museum has held exhibitions, lectures, seminars, classes outside of the museum, and workshops on the people who make use of the tools, as well as the resulting architecture and the culture of wood that surrounds it.
The project was designed and constructed by the Takenaka Corporation in collaboration with skilled woodworkers.

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  • This is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit.  more »
  • Beautifully presented museum and a great place to get some insight into carpentry and the building of wood and bamboo structures across the centuries. Clearly some interest in the subject helps...  more »
  • Amazing to learn about the various joints used instead of nails. Had fun trying to assemble or take apart the various types of joints. There is a pleasant scent of wood and touching some of them added another dimension to the experience. An eye opener into traditional Japanese architecture. The building itself is a piece of art!
  • We loved it. Very interesting, free audio tour guide and amazing artifacts and techniques.very well displayed although sometimes its a bit hard to keep track of the audio tour. You can spend 2-3 hours if you go over everything, otherwise 1.5 would be enough (skipping some parts).
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