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.
・JR Gifu Station(starting point) 9:00
・Mino-Washi Museum 9:40~10:40
・Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery 11:00~11:30
・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