What to See & Do


Sugaya Tatara Sannai (Japanese Heritage)

Japan's Only Remaining Tatara Iron Making Facility

The ancient Japanese iron making method that uses iron sand and charcoal is called “tatara.” Japanese swords are made from tamahagane (steel made from iron sand) with high purity produced by tatara iron making. The iron making furnace and building (called “Tatara”) is the only one preserved in Japan in Sugaya Tatara. The houses in the village (Sannai) where the tatara craftsmen lived still remain to this day. They tell the present about the life and landscape at that time. This area was listed as Japanese heritage in 2016. This has also been the model for the setting of the movies Princess Mononoke and Tatara Samurai.

Basic Information
Address 4210-2 Yoshida, Yoshida-cho, Unnan-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0854-74-0350
Website http://www.tetsunorekishimura.or.jp/
Business Hours 09:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:00)
Closed Days Monday (The following day if the Monday is a public holiday)
Price and Admission Adult: 300 yen / Elementary and junior high school student: 200 yen
Directions Approx. 15 minutes by car from Yoshidakakeya IC or Unnanyoshida IC on Matsue Expressway
Approx. 60 minutes from JR Izumoshi Station by bus and taxi