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Discovering Samurai Spirit 'BUSHIDO' in 4 Tourist Spots

by TETSUJI
(4) Reviews
8:30h $ 93 per person

Highlights

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

FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional charge in case of only 1person tour.
$ 23.25

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 cozy town Mino, the hometown of Japanese paper ‘Washi, which was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. You can learn how hand-made durable paper ‘Washi’ is fabricated. You can also enjoy strolling around traditional building areas which include beautiful old houses and fancy shops.

*The attached video is an demonstration of Sword forging in the Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum.

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Organized by TETSUJI

Licensed Guide
(4) Reviews

Highlights

  • Inuyama Castle
  • tea-house 'Joan' with tea tasting
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum
  • Mino-Washi 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 2500yen/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 4 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do I have to pay as the transportation fee?

Since I use my car all the way, you don't have to pay at all.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About TETSUJI


Licensed Guide

(4) Reviews

Contact TETSUJI
Response Time 8 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I worked as a public servant in the local government for 35 years. I belonged to the department of Redevelopment, Town-Landscaping and Architectural Guidance. (I have a national 1st-class architect license.) I devoted myself to revitalizing the city by making plans and improving infrastructure for citizens.
Gifu is located in central Japan near Nagoya. There are many unique tourist points to discover that are hard to find in hectic big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. I had a hand in restoring and preserving many of them throughout my career and want to introduce them to tourists from abroad. That’s why I became a guide-interpreter in Gifu.
I also enjoyed traveling around the world. My favorite part of each trip was walking around the city and talking with local residents. Traveling has taught me many things during my lifetime. Now, I would like to help others have similar experience in Japan. read more


Reviews ( 4 )

Excellent
2 months ago |   by June

“ Flexible and friendly ”

Tetsuji prepared special itineraries for me in smaller towns, one of which became problematic but not through any fault of his. I was impressed by the care and planning he had undertaken and how quickly he grasped what I wanted to see and made arrangements for lots of tea breaks so that we went at my pace. I very much enjoyed our time together and would recommend anyone visiting Japan to go out of the big cities to see different aspects of Japan with Tetsuji.

Excellent
5 months ago |   by Donna

“ Highlight of our Trip to Japan ”

We were fortunate to have Tetsuji as our guide. He provided a wonderful experience for us as we got to see Gifu Castle, Cormorant Fishing, and Kawara-machi... we also enjoyed Squirrel Village & shopping. In addition, we relaxed in the open air Onsen at Hotel Park, under the beautiful moonlight with a view of Gifu Castle. Tetsuji was very flexible, personable & easy to understand. Highly recommended.

Excellent
6 months ago |   by Nestor

“ Gifu/Cormorant Fishing ”

Tetsuji was an amazing, excellent and very personable guide to beautiful sights of Gifu. Highlights were visit with cormorant fishing master, viewing boat spectacle of cormorant fishing (with delicious dinner box) on Nagara river, giant Buddha viewing, trip to Gifu Park with Ropeway ride then short hike to Gifu Castle, and panoramic night view from observation floor at top of skyscraper near Gifu station. It was a great day!!! One that my husband and I will always remember thanks to Tetsuji.

Excellent
1 year ago |   by Helen

“ Wonderful tour! ”

We had an unforgettable tour with this wonderful guide! Very active and engaged, easy to understand and knowledgeable. Took us around to many quaint places and interesting meetings with people. Highly recommended guide!

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