Woodland Kyoto

Natural Whetstone and Hone Museum

Kameoka Kyoto is a sanctuary of natural whetstones and hones, blessed by ancient crustal movements. Kameoka-sourced high-quality Tamba Aoto and Awasedo stones have supported Japanese culture, including Japanese cuisine, Japanese swords, and Japanese-style architecture, with their exquisite sharpening ability. The Natural Whetstone and Hone Museum is an experiential museum that allows visitors to get up close and personal with natural whetstones. In addition to the Tamba Aoto and Awasedo stones produced in Kameoka City, the museum exhibits precious natural whetstones from all over Japan and the world (admission is free). There is also a shopping corner and knife sharpening workshop. The sharpening workshop includes lessons on knife sharpening and the creation of your own original whetstones.

Nagano-15 Miyazakicho Kozaki, Kameoka, Kyoto
Take the Keihan Kyoto Kotsu bus from Chiyokawa Station, JR Sagano Line and get off at Kameoka City Exchange Hall
4 min. by car from the Chiyokawa IC on the Kyoto Jukan Expressway
Business Hours
Operation hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and New Year's holidays
Admission is free
Activity plans available for purchase