The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum was opened in 1984 in Nakayamate, Kobe, as the only museum of carpentry tools in Japan, with the objective to collect and conserve such disappearing tools as a cultural heritage, and to pass them on to the next generation through research and exhibitions.
More than 30,500 pieces of materials have been collected so far. We have been involved not only in conserving remarkable tools from the past, but also in holding diverse events such as exhibitions, lectures, seminars, classes outside of the museum, and workshops, to convey the skills, wisdom, and spirit of the people who make masterful use of tools, as well as the resulting architecture and the culture of wood that surrounds it.
2019.3.30 - 5.12 Now Open

Watermill carpentry;
Designing hydraulic energy

We reveal the unique skills and tools of watermill carpenters, which are distinct from those of architectural carpenters.

Address :

7-5-1 Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0056, Japan
TEL 078-242-0216 / FAX 078-241-4713

Closed :

Mondays (The following day when Monday falls on a national holiday)
Jan.15, Feb.12, Apr.30, May7, July16, Aug.13, Sept.17, Sept.24, Oct.15, Nov.5, Dec.24, 2019
New Year’s Holiday December 29 – January 3

Open :

9:30 – 16:30 (last admission 16:00)