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Intangible Cultural Heritage hand-made paper MINO-WASHI and traditional samurai-swords in SEKI

by TETSUJI
(10) Reviews
8h $ 98

Highlights

  • Mino-Washi Museum
  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
  • Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum)
  • Kosaka Residence (National Important Cultural Property)
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum
  • Gifu Cutkery Hall(or Cutler shop SANSHU )
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Adults
Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
Infant
97.90 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 97.90 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
2 people 89.00 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
3 people 71.20 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
4 people 62.30 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Additional charge in case of only 1 person tour.
$ 26.70

What to Expect

Mino is a very small castle-town surrounded by mountains. However, Mino is 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 also see how it is made as well. If you want, why not try your hand on at making 'Washi' yourself on the spot? Moreover, you could enjoy strolling around the traditional housing area which includes some excellent souvenir shops and local restaurants. I promise you will find and experience traditional Japan by exploring this cozy old town.
Seki is famous for being the capital of samurai sword manufacturing in this area since 14th century. You can see an authentic sword-hammering performance in the Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum on first Sunday in March,April,June and November. You can also see a performance of 'Iai-giri',slicing through bamboo with a Japanese sword(free of charge). Today,Seki is known for high-quality knives and cutlery. Some shops sell them for cheaper prices than other department stores around Japan.

(itinerary)
・JR Gifu Station(starting point) 9:00
・Mino-Washi Museum 9:40~10:40
・Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery 11:00~11:30
(lunch 11:30~12:30)
・Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum) 12:30~13:00
・Kosaka Residence (National Importance Cultural Property) 13:30~14:00
・Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum 14:30~15:30
・Gifu Cutkery Hall(or Cutler shop SANSHU ) 15:40~16:20
・JR Gifu Station 17:00

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Highlights

  • Mino-Washi Museum
  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
  • Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum)
  • Kosaka Residence (National Important Cultural Property)
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum
  • Gifu Cutkery Hall(or Cutler shop SANSHU )

Important

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

The tour price 5000 yen is only applied for a group of 2 and over persons. If the participant is only one person, you have to pay additional charge 3000yen. Please check etras.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee
entrance feeincluding guide for guide and guests (Mino-Washi Museum 500yen, Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery 200yen, Former Imaike Residence 300yen ,Seki Traditional Sword Smith Museum 200yen)
lunch and beverages
Meeting Point
At JR Gifu Station
Ending Point
At JR Gifu Station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 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 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 ( 10 )
Andrea Andrea Italy ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A wonderful day across Nakasendo ”

The guide was very well prepared and he kindly agreed our request of earlier meeting. We enjoyed a remarkable experience and we strongly suggest Tetsuji and the Nakasendo tour to everyone will stop in Gifu Area!

TETSUJI:

It was a great honor to be able to guide you in Nakasendo while staying in Japan on honeymoon. I also appreciate your kind review to me. I really hope you and your family members will visit Japan again and spend some time with me in Gifu.

J J Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Seki city and the swordsmith museum! ”

Tetsuji guided our clients in Seki city. He was excellent to work with prior to the tour and helped arrange all the tour details. He went out of his way to assist these passengers and even provided a discount for the entrance to visit the Swordsmith museum. I'm sure our passengers had a great tour and we will be using Tetsuji's services again in the future!

TETSUJI:

Thank you so much for nice review. I hope your clients have enjoyed my guided tour. They were an excellent guest for me. I also learned some new matters because of you.Thanks again. Please give my vest regards to Nadeau & Despatie Family. I am looking forward welcoming new guests from your company.

David David United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Day in Gifu ”

We had a wonderful tour with Tetsuji in Gifu. My wife and I took my elderly parents on an extended tour of Japan. The Cormorant fishing tour guided by Tetsuji was one of the highlights of our visit. He was conscientious about our needs and adjusted the tour to keep with my parents pace. He was engaging, open and friendly.  Tetsuji connected with my father especially well as they shared similar interest in feudal Japanese history. We became quick friends. We can't recommend Tetsuji highly enough. Not only is he an excellent guide, (as he was able to show us many cultural highlight that even many locals don't know about), Tetsuji treated us as real friends. We hope to see Tetsuji again soon either in San Francisco, Shanghai, or Hangzhou where we spend time. We look forward to taking him on a... read more

TETSUJI:

Thank you for fabulous appreciation. I am very glad to have shared happy time with you and your family members through my guided tour. Actually, I was able to guide at ease because all of you communicated with me as if I were a member of your family. Above all, your respectable father asked me various questions including the title of a Japanese song. I sometimes enjoyed answering them setting my duty aside. I believe you are a role model of filial piety and your father will be happy. I repeatedly thank you so much. I am really looking forward to seeing you again.

Marna Marna United States ( Friends )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ 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.

TETSUJI:

Thank you for nice review for me. I appreciate your kind words that encourage me committing to brush up my guide skills. I believe all unexpected questions from guests could be important ingredients for me to develop. I will make every kind of efforts to get full score. I am looking forward to guiding for you next time.

Mary Mary Australia
Excellent
4 months ago

“ 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.

TETSUJI:

I appreciate for lots of good words for me. All of them encourage me to welcome new guests with more confidence. I am looking forward to guiding for you and joan again.