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

by TETSUJI
(7) Reviews
8h $ 89

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
89.00 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 89.00 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
2 people 71.20 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
3 people 66.75 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
4 people 62.30 USD 35.60 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancellation 14 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 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 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
5 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
8 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.