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Discovering Samurai Spirit 'BUSHIDO' in 4 Tourist Spots

by TETSUJI
(16) Reviews
8:30h $ 155

Highlights

  • Inuyama Castle
  • tea-house 'Joan' with tea tasting
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum
  • Strolling traditional areas in Mino
  • Mino History Museum (Former Imaike Residence )
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Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
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154.70 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 154.70 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
2 people 136.50 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
3 people 91.00 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
4 people 68.25 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
5 people 59.15 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Overview

Don't you want to know how the Samurai spirit ‘Bushido’ was raised and kept in those days in Japan? You will find the answer by joining this tour. In this tour, there are four elements relating to Bushido; Castle, Tea-ceremony, Sword and Japanese paper ‘Washi’. I am sure you will realize that these cultural elements contributed to create a unique Japanese refined value of life.

What to Expect

You will enjoy four Japanese traditional cultures through one-day excursion from the castle town ‘Inuyama’ in Aichi to two small towns Seki and Mino in Gifu.

First you will visit a National Treasure Inuyama Castle which is the oldest castle in Japan. You can touch and feel the authentic wooden building, climbing steep and narrow steps toward the upper floor. On each floor, you will see some antiques, maps and documents to learn stories about the castle. From the top, you will have a panoramic view while strolling along the outside balcony.

Secondly you will visit another National Treasure, tea-house ‘Joan’ in Inuyama. It is located in a beautiful Japanese garden near the castle, You will find a simple aesthetic value based on Zen Buddhism in it. You could also drink matcha-tea in an adjacent tea-house in the same garden. Once,matcha-tea tasting gave samurai a moment of relief between battles. You might feel it,too.

Next you will visit Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum. You can not only learn the history and the forging-process of swordsmiths but also enjoy seeing many masterpieces of swords and knives. Many visitors give a sigh of admiration to see them. Then you will drop in some cutlery shops where you enjoy shopping for souvenirs.

Finally you will visit a small castle town Mino, the hometown of traditional Japanese paper ‘Washi, which was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. You can enjoy strolling around traditional building areas which include beautiful old houses and souvenir shops.

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Highlights

  • Inuyama Castle
  • tea-house 'Joan' with tea tasting
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum
  • Strolling traditional areas in Mino
  • Mino History Museum (Former Imaike Residence )

Important

I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.

1) The tour is not possible during extremely bad weather, such as typhoons or snowstorms.
2) The destination is flexible. It will be customized according to your interests, preference and physical condition.
3) Food preference information is important. I would like to know your likes and dislikes in advance.
4) Hotel pick-up is possible according to the location.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee for guide and guests
entrance fee for guide and guests (total fee is about 2000yen/person)
lunch,tea and dinner for guide and guests
Depart From
Gifu , Aichi
Meeting Point
At JR Gifu station or At Meitetsu Inuyama Yuen station
Ending Point
At JR Gifu station
Duration
8:30 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 16 )
gil Gil Israel ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Vacation in Japan ”

Tetsuji is great guided tours. He took us to wonderful places and a good restaurant. I recommend him very much Gil

TETSUJI:

Thank you for the quickest review. I am grateful for your good words. I hope you will stay happy and fit. Thank you again and take care.

Charlene Charlene United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Exceptional Trip!!! ”

Very happy to tour with Tetsuji-san! We arranged a visit to Mino for traditional Washi (paper) crafts, as well as Seki for the Sword museum and a knife making factory tour. In addition to planning a great day in Mino & Seki, he helped keep us on schedule with trains, arranged a delicious lunch, and did a great job of answering our questions. After the trip, Tetsuji was kind enough to send us pictures he had taken of us during the day to help with the memory book of our vacation. Excellent communication during pre-trip planning, as well as during the day of our trip. It was such a relief to have Tetsuji with us in these areas of Japan less traveled by tourists. Highly recommended!

TETSUJI:

Thank you so much for your great review, Charlene. I am happy to have known that you and Kyle seemed to have enjoyed realizing some Japanese culture throughout my guided tour. I hope you will visit Japan again and spend some happy time with me someday.

Troy Troy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Very pleasant and accomodating ”

Very pleasent and well prepared. He took us to a restaurant that specializes in Uniagi and Ayu. The tour of the knife factory that he set up was excellent. He was able to keep us on schedule which is not an easy task.

TETSUJI:

Thank you for quick review for my tour. I am relieved to know you are satisfied with my tour against some inconvenience. I was happy to communicate with you and your family members all the time. I hope to see you if you have a chance to visit central Japan area again. I have just sent some photos with some comment to your address. Please enjoy it and give my best regards to others.

Eyal Eyal United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Good communicator and detailed oriented ”

Tetsuji and I planned the trip together where I indicated what interested us and he gave us helpful suggestions. On the day of the tour he met us at the hotel and we traveled together to the museums (Feather, Traditional Swordsmith Museum) and a knife factory, where he had arranged a personal tour by the factory president! As we had time we before our scheduled train to Tokyo Tetsuji took us on a short walk to old Minoota. We would highly recommend Tetsuji.

TETSUJI:

I also enjoyed planning the tour and now got relieved to have accepted your nice review. Both you and Mary are curious traveler making me happy to answer questions. I am looking forward to making a plan again with you. Thank you.

Robert Robert Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Very patient and understanding ”

We were terribly delayed getting off the cruise ship. Tetsuji was very kind, although he waited a long time. Adjusted our schedule very well. We had a terrific lunch and he got us back to the ship on time. Highly recommended. A true gentleman.

TETSUJI:

Thank you so much for kind words. I’m sorry for a hectic guided tour due to customs problem, but I’m relieved you have enjoyed lunch so happily. I really wanted to enjoy having hot springs with you after that. I am looking forward to seeing you again.