Nikko Japan, Best woodwork I Have Ever Seen!

  • Published on Oct 22, 2017
  • Free Woodworking Plans:
    Join My Makers Mob Woodworking School:
    The things I have seen in Japan will stay with me forever. I have never felt like such a terrible woodworker and yet so inspired to press on and see what I can do.
    Hida Tool website:
    Samurai merch:!/
    Woodworking plans:
    Fan funding:
  • Howto & StyleHowto & Style

Comments • 234

  • Wang Hung
    Wang Hung 2 months ago

    All this Japanese wood turned you on didn't it?

  • Dusty Plasma
    Dusty Plasma 6 months ago

    also ...earthquake resistent

  • carl krebs
    carl krebs 7 months ago

    Nothing like the ASIA , the PHILIPPINES , as well INDONESIA and SUMATRA to show you a whole new world

  • preben hansen
    preben hansen 9 months ago

    Take to Bali carpenter

  • Para Scale Models
    Para Scale Models 10 months ago

    imagine that!! Not a single power tool used! breathtaking. Thanks for sharing this awesome trip.

  • happy joe
    happy joe Year ago

    If you want to know more the Shrine is called
    Nikkō Tōshō-gū

  • Michael Lau
    Michael Lau Year ago

    There’s no rubbish on the streets, even on rainy days.

  • TheMightyFozz
    TheMightyFozz Year ago

    I think you should build a garden shed or kids play area in your garden using that style. :)

    • TheMightyFozz
      TheMightyFozz Year ago

      oh if you do make a kids play area. look into UK Victorian helter-skelter's. it's like a round slide with rails that go the full direction of the slide and kids (and tall old wannabe kids) slide down on hesian mats. :)

  • DnA
    DnA Year ago

    Loved the woodworking skill. Loved the video. Ditch the music. Not needed.

  • Veroniciany Veronica

    You are so good man!

  • Olivier Groovy
    Olivier Groovy Year ago

    let's clean the 1080p 60hz screen of my damn almost 10 year old Dell Precision M4400 laptop before watching that!

  • Cravens Boughner
    Cravens Boughner Year ago

    I made it with woodprix handbooks !

  • Scott Johnson
    Scott Johnson Year ago

    Outstanding video! Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing with us your experience! :-)

  • Congrue Woodworks

    Thats some great camera work, what kind of camera and gimbal do you use?

  • Ray Smith
    Ray Smith Year ago

    Thanks great video -also been to Niko Shrine so impressive - everything in Japan is impressive especially for woodies - go to small towns and see crafts developed 100's of years ago

  • bitfreakazoid
    bitfreakazoid Year ago

    You need to go to a Danjiri festival and look at the woodwork on the carts. It's pretty awesome. I will definitely have to go to that shrine soon!
    Oh yeah, they like to dress up in traditional clothes like that; especially when going to shrines and temples.
    Should of gone into that Don Quijote, they are pretty awesome, and I think that one is supposed to be pretty big.

  • Lexis Landscape
    Lexis Landscape Year ago

    Awesome video.

  • Christopher Bernier

    this video brought tears to my eyes, such a beautful experience that i hope to have someday. keep up the incredible work my friend, and good luck with the upcoming folding knife project!

  • Jamey Geimer
    Jamey Geimer Year ago

    I spent 4 years of my childhood living in Japan as a kid, my dad was military. We went sight seeing it seems like every weekend. There are endless tourist attractions on that island. The temples are pure works of art! All hand crafted and hand carved. Absolutely beautiful! I will return one day, as an adult, to really appreciate what you are seeing in this video.

  • simon stucki
    simon stucki 2 years ago

    I know bacon is tasty but unfortunately it is also involves torturing and killing an sentient being, justified only because it belongs to a different species. maybe you should look a bit more into the philosophy behind those temples instead in addition to the craftsmanship.

  • Zane H
    Zane H 2 years ago

    Great video, Makes me want to go back to Nikko it hasn't changed since I was there many years ago, Beautiful

  • Steve Mclean
    Steve Mclean 2 years ago

    Notice there are no fat people! Must be the noodles, noodles are good ... but I tend to ruin the health benefits by adding hot dogs.

  • Felisindo Rodríguez
    Felisindo Rodríguez 2 years ago

    This is marvellous, I almost cried looking at these shapes, details, sculptures, amazing! Thank you very much! Cheers from Spain!

  • Rv4 Guy
    Rv4 Guy 2 years ago

    What was the purpose of that awesome temple? Who built it? How do they maintain it? Do they have people who can work at that level? Who created the universe and how to they get the caramel into the caramilk????? That's all I have for now.

  • Stefan Richardt
    Stefan Richardt 2 years ago +1

    for your next trip to japan you should go to Kyoto and Nara. There are absolute amazing tempel, too.

  • Thomas Staiano
    Thomas Staiano 2 years ago

    If you're ever in the States, be sure to stop by the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Not Japan, but beautiful nonetheless.

  • Wes Hunter
    Wes Hunter 2 years ago

    Great Video , thanks Samurai, it was cool seeing the walk arounds too, very smoooooth!

  • Bert Battersby
    Bert Battersby 2 years ago

    I would like to know how your wife liked and enjoyed the kitchen knife you brought back from Japan? But I would like to hear her tell US please?

  • ultimaxima
    ultimaxima 2 years ago

    true arts is japanese arts. it's pure.

  • fritzonvespa
    fritzonvespa 2 years ago +1

    If you get back to Japan in the future, do yourself a favour and check Todaiji in Nara....also awesome enginering used in the energy absorbing central pillar suspended inside the 5 storey Fujiwara pagoda......( also Kyoto and Takayama !!) :-)

  • chilleffect
    chilleffect 2 years ago

    How was the weather? The last time I went in October is was humid and muggy.

    • The Samurai Carpenter
      The Samurai Carpenter  2 years ago

      It was very nice in the north where we were. Around 15-18 degrees Celsius.

  • Dionisis T.S.
    Dionisis T.S. 2 years ago

    beautiful gift you have there sir, must be for a really important person in your life. :)

  • Xandrosi
    Xandrosi 2 years ago

    Congrats on 500K subscribers!

  • Mona Bale
    Mona Bale 2 years ago

    those shrines can hold up against earthquakes; BIG ones. and they just sit on the surface. amazing...

  • Texas Marine Of Humble

    Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road, they are short people...

  • s Buzz
    s Buzz 2 years ago

    youre right some structures were too ornate for my taste!
    loses some of its grander to the eye.
    no wonder why we used incendiary bombs in ww 2 good thing some are still standing:
    my dad was stationed in beautiful Sasebo right after the surrender.

  • Amanda Anderson
    Amanda Anderson 2 years ago

    Just insane dedication to the craft. Its so damn beautiful it made me cry. If I were there in person I'd be a blubbering puddle.

  • UncleManuel
    UncleManuel 2 years ago

    Wow, these temples are off the charts! Oo
    Btw: how did it feel to walk as a giant among people? ^_^

  • wolffrai
    wolffrai 2 years ago

    When I'm done with my wooden frame house, I'm going to visit Japan.
    You give me the inspiration.
    Thank you.

  • Rafał
    Rafał 2 years ago


  • Michelle Hawkey
    Michelle Hawkey 2 years ago

    All I really want to know Jess, is if you got to have deep fried mochi at Senso-ji???? I was told there were only a couple places in Japan who made it, and there was a little kiosk at Senso-ji that is one of them.
    I would give up bacon for deep fried mochi.... Yup....I said it....

  • Heavenly Jerusalem
    Heavenly Jerusalem 2 years ago

    What is the name of the background music song?

  • Robert Edmondson
    Robert Edmondson 2 years ago

    Thankyou Samurai! What an experience for you! Traditional Japanese woodworking keeps us humble.

  • A Ex-Blacksmith UK
    A Ex-Blacksmith UK 2 years ago

    Breath taking craftsmanship , as so much that Japanese do, they take a job/craft and turn it into a art form. Thank you for the video it was as normal with your videos very enjoyable and informative. Cheers! :)

  • Aleхandr's woodshop
    Aleхandr's woodshop 2 years ago


  • Bill Jutz
    Bill Jutz 2 years ago

    Too cool that you published this. We just got back from a 16 day trip to Japan. Typhoon Lan chased us out of Tokyo a day early.

  • Hank Cohen
    Hank Cohen 2 years ago +1

    When Louis IVX was building Versailles Nikko To sho gu was just being finished. Both as baroque as possible. Must have been an International thing back then.
    Very impressed that you found Kappabashi but then you said the tour was organized by Hida Tools so that makes sense. Lots more to see in Japan. Next time be sure to visit Kyoto.

  • HarryHaller
    HarryHaller 2 years ago

    The people in Kimono's are most likely Chinese (or other Asian) tourists. Kimono rental is a big business in touristy towns. People rent them for the day and get the "genuine Japanese experience" :). Most Japanese would wear them only on formal occasions.

  • ndrmyr
    ndrmyr 2 years ago

    I was stationed south of Hiroshima in '75-'76 while in the USMC. I enjoyed my time there immensely and saw many things. But, I didn't dip my toe into the woodworking pond which I really wish I had, since today I would dive in without hesitation. The exchange rate was favorable and when I think of the tools I could have acquired.....sob. The chisels, OMG, the chisels!

  • Jose Ave
    Jose Ave 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your video Samurai. keep up the good work.

  • Lou L
    Lou L 2 years ago

    I hope to see you challenging yourself to push your woodworking even further now that you have visited the masters. I look forward to seeing your learning process.

  • Tony Bowers
    Tony Bowers 2 years ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • Basically Berry
    Basically Berry 2 years ago

    Samurai, we need to see some more of that big joinery!!

  • Jb B
    Jb B 2 years ago

    Great video and really appreciate you taking us along on your trip! Fantastic!!

  • Chris Johnson
    Chris Johnson 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • barbara kvistad
    barbara kvistad 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you that you got to go to Japan to see and participate in the many things you did. Thanks for bringing us along.

  • ahti29
    ahti29 2 years ago

    at least push the scrapbin out of th frame,man! ;)

  • scoobtoober29
    scoobtoober29 2 years ago

    I've finally have some decent speakers and amp at my office and wow your audio is fantastic. Especially when B-Roll music is playing.

  • MukyMik
    MukyMik 2 years ago

    Outstanding, the woodworking is out of this world, glad you enjoyed it.