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Intangible Cultural Heritage handmade paper MINO-WASHI and traditional samurai-swords of SEKI

by TETSUJI
(18) Reviews
9:30h $ 160

Highlights

  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
  • Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum)
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum
  • Feather Museum (The world's First Comprehensive Museum)
  • Knife fFactory (Marusyo Industrial Inc.)
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Adults
Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
Infant
159.80 USD

People Adults Children Infant
1 person 159.80 USD 0 USD 0 USD
2 people 141.00 USD 47.00 USD 0 USD
3 people 94.00 USD 47.00 USD 0 USD
4 people 75.20 USD 47.00 USD 0 USD
5 people 65.80 USD 47.00 USD 0 USD
6 people 51.70 USD 47.00 USD 0 USD
* Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Overview

You will enjoy two distinctive fields of Japanese culture by visiting two small towns in one day trip. The one is Mino which is famous for Japanese hand-made paper Washi. Another one is Seki famous for Japanese-swordsmith. Strolling around two towns, you will learn some of secrets of cool Japan.

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. 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.

*itinerary (example)
・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
(lunch 12:20~13:00)
・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

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(18) Reviews
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Highlights

  • Mino-Washi Akari Art Gallery
  • Former Imaike Residence ( Mino Museum)
  • Seki Traditional Sword Smith MUseum
  • Feather Museum (The world's First Comprehensive Museum)
  • Knife fFactory (Marusyo Industrial Inc.)

Important

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

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee
entrance feeincluding guide for guide and guests (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
9:30 hours
Starting time
08:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

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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 ( 18 )
Dian Dian United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ His weather prediction was more accurate than the Meteorological Agency :) ”

We had a very enjoyable 4 hours of hiking in the valley and woods between Magome and Tsumago, or what is known as the Nakasendo trail, with Tetsuji-San. Since the planning stage, Tetsuji answered every question that we had and he suggested route and things to do. He was thorough in his planning. When we met, he gave us brochures and other printed materials about the history of the trail as well as the village, Tsumago, where we will spend a night. Once we arrived at the village where we’d start the walk, he took us to couple of eating places. He encouraged us to try some of the local food. Making sure we had good energy before the walk :). Do try the Gohei-mochi. We had one during our stay in Tsumago. It was delicious and seriously addictive. :) He was knowledgeable and also... read more

TETSUJI:

I appreciate your excellent review. Yes, the key factor of our tour was the weather. Actually, I had been worried about it considering plan B until the tour started, but we had the best day for walking in the end. I can’t help realizing that you and your family members brought such a fortune for yourselves. I hope you will visit central Japan,especially Gifu, again. I am really looking forward to seeing you.

Edward Edward Singapore ( Couple )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Well versed and engaging guide ”

We did the Magome to Tsugama section of the nakasendo trail tetsuji arrive punctually at the hotel where we stayed to meet us and the meat are we to magome efficiently and quickly without any delays and extremely comfortable SB decided to choose riding reserved seats in the train. Also he advised a taxi from the train station to the start point so as to not wait more than 20 minutes for the next bus. It was good advise as we had lots more time to enjoy the trek. He was informative and made great attempt to answer our questions! Some perhaps too botanical! He recommended a few local snacks which were delightful and ended with coffee before returning to Nagoya. He spent 9 hours with us and returned to Nagoya with us where we parted ways. All together we had a very pleasant day and were bless... read more

TETSUJI:

Thank you for quick review. I am so relieved to know that you are satisfied with my tour and guiding. Actually, I enjoyed myself walking through pleasant communication with you and your wife.I have also noticed that I should have lots of subjects to study and prepare for guests. I repeatedly thank you again and look forward to seeing you again.

gil Gil Israel ( Couple )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Vacation in Japan ”

Tetsuji is great guided tours. He took us to wonderful places and a good restaurant. I recommend him very much Gil

TETSUJI:

Thank you for the quickest review. I am grateful for your good words. I hope you will stay happy and fit. Thank you again and take care.

Charlene Charlene United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Exceptional Trip!!! ”

Very happy to tour with Tetsuji-san! We arranged a visit to Mino for traditional Washi (paper) crafts, as well as Seki for the Sword museum and a knife making factory tour. In addition to planning a great day in Mino & Seki, he helped keep us on schedule with trains, arranged a delicious lunch, and did a great job of answering our questions. After the trip, Tetsuji was kind enough to send us pictures he had taken of us during the day to help with the memory book of our vacation. Excellent communication during pre-trip planning, as well as during the day of our trip. It was such a relief to have Tetsuji with us in these areas of Japan less traveled by tourists. Highly recommended!

TETSUJI:

Thank you so much for your great review, Charlene. I am happy to have known that you and Kyle seemed to have enjoyed realizing some Japanese culture throughout my guided tour. I hope you will visit Japan again and spend some happy time with me someday.

Troy Troy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Very pleasant and accomodating ”

Very pleasent and well prepared. He took us to a restaurant that specializes in Uniagi and Ayu. The tour of the knife factory that he set up was excellent. He was able to keep us on schedule which is not an easy task.

TETSUJI:

Thank you for quick review for my tour. I am relieved to know you are satisfied with my tour against some inconvenience. I was happy to communicate with you and your family members all the time. I hope to see you if you have a chance to visit central Japan area again. I have just sent some photos with some comment to your address. Please enjoy it and give my best regards to others.