Northern Satsuma Peninsula

Marutake Sangyo

The home of Japan’s historic armor craftsmanship
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Marutake Sangyo comprises a museum, factory and traditional Japanese garden that are paradise for fans of history and craftsmanship. The impressive complex is the manufacturing site of 90% of the traditional armor and props for Japanese TV dramas and movies, including Kurosawa classics. Watch the skilled artisans work metal, embroider cloth and paint materials to create samurai outfits right in front of you. Dress up as a samurai and have your photo taken in the garden or check out the wide variety of armor on display.

Formerly named Sendai Sengoku Mura meaning “Sendai village of the Sengoku Period” (1467–1600), Marutake Sangyo has stunning buildings modeled on a 16th century Japanese castle town. There are three large workshops where authentic armor is repaired, and original replicas are made. Projects have been carried out for museums, events and historic sites across the country, including Nagoya Castle, Osaka Castle and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Items are also made for sale in the on-site shop and online.

Look into the Repair Room where skilled artisans repair tassels, chains and patches or watch the stain removal and historic painting carried out in the Era Room. In the Crest Room, gold powder is poured onto chests used to store armor to protect the family from evil, much in the same way it was done centuries ago. Visitors will understand the high-quality craftsmanship as each process, including attaching metal fittings and making sleeves, is done by hand.

The exhibition hall displays samurai armor worn during the 15th century by almost 50 samurai domains. In the adjacent building children will love playing the historic games that were popular at that time and trying on samurai costumes. There is also a souvenir shop, tearoom and restaurant.

Basic Information

Business Hours - Open all year round       [Time] 9:00am~5:00pm      
  • Free ¥0
DirectionsApprox. 20 minutes by car from JR Sendai Station
Approx. 60 minutes by car from central Kagoshima City
Telephone Number0996-26-3113  ※Japan's International Country Code is 81
Address 鹿児島県薩摩川内市湯島町3535-7   Directions
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