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Discovering Samurai Spirit 'BUSHIDO' in 4 Tourist Spots

by TETSUJI
(7) Reviews
8:30h $ 91

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
91.00 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 91.00 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
2 people 72.80 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
3 people 68.25 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
4 people 63.70 USD 45.50 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional charge in case of only 1person tour.
$ 22.75

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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(7) Reviews
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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.

Reviews ( 7 )

Very Good
1 week ago |   by Marna

“ Trip to Takayama ”

Tetsuji was very nice and enjoyable to be with. He was flexible in terms of our adding places we wanted to see in Takayama. His English is very good. When we asked questions he couldn't answer, he worked hard to find someone who could answer them. We know that Tesuji is fairly new to this, and expect that he will gain more knowledge of Takayama as he takes more clients there.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Mary

“ Takajama tour experience ”

Thank you very much for the photos enjoying our tour of Takajama. I very much enjoyed the tour of Takajama and especially your extensive knowledge of Takayama and the region. It was very much appreciated. The experience was outstanding and will always be great memories for me to reminisce. Tetsuji thankyou for your professionalism and leadership it was very much appreciated and I would have no hesitation in recommending your professional services to your prospective clients at anytime. Mary Cairnduff.

Very Good
1 month ago |   by Mun

“ Interesting trip to Takayama Spirng Festival and Inuyama & Gifu Castles ”

Tetsuji was our guide for 2 consecutive days. He is very friendly and flexible with his itineraries; and he went the extra mile to ensure our needs are met. Instead of meeting at the JR station as per his iitineray, he came all the way to the hotel to meet us. He is also very honest. When I wanted him to do a tour to view sakuar near his hometown on 14 April, he did not want to commit as he wanted to check with the meteorological station nearer the date to make sure that there were flowers on the particular day. A few days before 14April he emailed to say that there will be flowers in Takayama which coincided with the first day of the spring festival. He rushed to get us train tickets on the wide Hida train and paid with his own money first. We had tickets for the first class cabin and the experience was fabulous. He also took us around the shopping streets in Takayama and the old town too. The next day after we toured the castles, he arranged for us (at my request) to visit a traditional umbrella making artisan. This was not part of the itinerary but Tetsuji obliged me and went out of his way to do it. Despite being a Sunday and the shop was not opened, he managed to arrange for us to visit the shop. He used his personal car to drive us to the shop to save time and dropped us back at the train station in Gifu. Such is friendly, obliging, knowledgeable and flexible with the itinerary. Oh before I forget, he took us to the traditional Japanese dessert shop in Aichi for my favorite Sakura mochi. A trip to Japan is not complete without getting my fix of the Sakura mochi. Thank you Tetsuji for being our guide. Wishing you every success.

Excellent
4 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
7 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.