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 made me get into carpentry. I had my two architectural assistants on a bonus holiday. Extremely interesting specially if you are into construction, architectural design or furniture making... 
    This made me get into carpentry. I had my two architectural assistants on a bonus holiday. Extremely interesting specially if you are into construction, architectural design or furniture making...  more »
  • This is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit. 
    This is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit.  more »
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  • I visited the previous location which was very nice, and the new location is even nicer. Be sure to visit the “lounge” area with a beautiful Japanese garden and appreciate the zen aesthetic and ultra high-end construction details. The museum is literally next door to Shin-Kobe station; exit the station and go left to take the pedestrian walkway accessed via stairs or ramp.
  • I visited this museum three years ago and I continue to think about it all the time. It is truly a marvel, and is one the most aesthetic, informative, memorable, and interesting museums I have ever been to. I went in with barely any knowledge or particular interest in carpentry, and I left with a wealth of knowledge that gave me a newfound perspective and much deeper appreciation for Japanese wood working. Cannot recommend this museum enough, particularly putting this near the start of your trip. Also this paper puzzle is one of the coolest souvenirs I’ve ever picked up anywhere.

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