What to Expect
Mino is a small castle-town surrounded by mountains. Mino is, however, also one of the hometowns of the traditional Japanese hand-made paper“WASHI”. It was registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. You can not only see goods and works of art made from WASHI but stroll around the traditional housing area which includes some excellent souvenir shops. I promise you will find and experience traditional Japan by exploring this cozy old town.
Seki is famous for being one of five samurai-swordsmith manufacturing towns in Japan since 14th century. You can see an authentic sword-hammering performance in the Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum on the first Sunday of every months except for April,October and January. Now, since Seki is known for high-quality knives and cutlery production, you can visit a factory to see and learn how those high quality products are made. You can buy products for cheaper prices than other department stores around Japan.
・JR Gifu Station(starting point) 8:00
・Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery 9:40~10:20
・Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum) 10:30~11:30
・Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum 13:00~14:00
・Feather Museum 14:10~15:00
・Knife factory 15:30~16:00
・JR Gifu Station 17:30