For 1300 years, the Mino region has specialized in the production of washi, a traditional handmade paper, and it is now one of the three remaining major centers of papermaking in Japan. Explore the wonder of paper!
・Two or three places where you would like to go in Mino, Gifu.
・For ideas of places to go, please see the images or the highlights.
At your hotel if it's in Mino or Nagaragawa Railway Minoshi Station or I can meet you at Seki City Bus Terminal
Purchase some beautiful Japanese Washi paper for your own uses.
Visit Mio Washi Akari Art Hall ( Enjoy stunning paper light sculptures from annual Akari Art Contest & Exhibition, which received the Tiffany Foundation Award).
Strolling an old town area with a look of the Edo period (around 17th century), which flourished by paper industry.
Former Imai Residence / Mino museum (used to be a paper wholesaler)
MINO-WASHI Museum (experience handmade papermaking)
Mino Tesuki Washi House (Former residence and mill of a papermaker, Kozo Furuta. Talk to an experienced papermaker (staff there) if time allows.)
Suhara Shrine (It is said to be originally established in 721. The gate is huge and main feature of this shrine.)
Walking course (from the old street area to a lookout point built near the ground of the previous castle that occupied this spot which gives commanding views of the surrounding areas, Kawaminato river port lighthouse and the pristine river, the Nagara river with Mino Bridge (the oldest modern style suspension bridge in existence in Japan) and back to the town area.)
Antique Shop (meet a friendly shop owner)
Try Ayu sweet fish cuisine, Soba buckwheat noodles or Kura cafe etc
Japanese cooking experience, using locally grown vegetables etc. at a historical house building (reservations required)
Machine-made Paper company, a factory tour (Close watch of the papermaking process, various designs such as watermarks on paper and other special techniques etc.) (reservations required)
Sake brewery with old Udatsu firewall roofing structure (National Important Cultural Property)
At your hotel if it's in Mino or Nagaragawa Railway Minoshi Station or Seki City Bus Terminal
You can visit home to Japanese traditional papermaking with a local, friendly licensed guide.
Walk around old "Menoji streets", structured in the shape the Japanese character for eye (ME), consisting of 4 pillars (north to south) and 2 crossbeams east to west. It is a preservation area with its highly-valued groups of historic buildings. Explore a variety of paper shops specializing in lanterns, handcrafted model airplanes, letter pads, coasters, tapestries just plain Mino washi paper sheets for beauty or paper socks! You could visit Mino Washi Akari Art Hall to fully enjoy the distinctive soft glow that Mino paper allows to emanate through. For hands-on experience, you could visit MINO-WASHI museum and make your original handmade papers. There are many other local attractions and activities you could probably only enjoy with a guide. And why not try talking to locals? Your guide is more than happy to help you. Starting time flexible, 4 hours by walking, and public bus or taxi depending on what place you would choose.
Entrance fees to any attractions in Mino (you and guide), transportation cost in Mino (you and guide), any food, drink and lunch (you and guide). To visit MINO-WASHI museum, a paper factory and Furuta Kozo House area and Suhara Shrine, need to book a taxi. (approx. 15 minute ride each). Admission fees: MINO-WASHI museum 500JPY/person, Mino Washi Akari Art Hall 200JPY/person, Former Imai Residence/ Mino museum 350JPY/person.
I will make a detailed itinerary after I confirm your booking and email you. Please contact me and tell me what you would like to do in this tour with me.
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Thank you, Yuga. That was a fun two days. I'm glad that the afternoon tea place was a great discovery for you. And I learned a lot from you. I wish all of you the best. Kindest regards, Yoko
Yoko showed us so many interesting spots in Takayama and gave us time to enjoy each stop. We have been on Private tours that rushed us so we could see everything. Yoko made sure we enjoyed each stop whether it was the morning market, museum or sake tasting. Her excellent English made it easy to understand.
Many thank you for your wonderfully kind words, Paul! I'm glad to know that you went back to the market and got some more you wanted. I learned more about Hawaii from you and like it more now. I hope to see you back in Japan again before too long! Best wishes to you all - Yoko
My husband and I had a most informative and enjoyable tour of Hida-Takayama with Yoko guiding our way. She is very knowledgeable about the area and made our time with her go by very fast because she is so personable and kind as well as knowledgeable. Having Yoko take us to the morning market was a treat because we were able to find out about the different foods that were there to be sampled. We enjoyed the historical and cultural sites more because Yoko provided us with additional information and details, much more than going by ourselves - we really learned a lot about Takayama, and we highly recommend Yoko for your guide if you are visiting the area.
It was a pleasure to spend time with you and thank you so much for your kind words. There is nothing better rewarding to me than a happy guest. Learning about "fountain pen" was pleasant for me, too. Enjoy the rest of your trip. My very best wishes to you. Yoko