Day 1 in Takayama, Day 2 ... there are guests who would also like to explore other places from Takayama as a day trip. I'd love to help you plan & realize such an excursion. It's a 1.5 hour Highway Bus ride from Takayama. Seki is one of the top-quality cutlery producers in the world and historically blessed with its perfect surrounding for making samurai swords with a history of over 700 years.
At Kousoku Seki (I can meet you where you get off.) For those who come by train or other bus to Seki, I can meet you at Seki City Terminal. It's about 1 hour bus ride from Nagoya or Gifu Station.
Visit the Seki Traditional Sword Museum
Eat a Local Lunch at a restaurant
Feather Museum of Razor
Seki Zenkoji Temple (Beautiful hilltop view with a bell tower. Fresh air. A tunnel maze kaidan tour for a small fee. If you touch the key, it's said your wish will come true. )
The Seki Hamono Museum
At Kousoku Seki or your convenient bus stop or station in Seki.
You can learn about Katana swords and elaborate Japanese craftsmanship and see their beauty. It could take you back to the old Japan, where Samurai lived. The best part of the tour might be purchasing a kitchen knife, outdoor knife or any that suits your needs at a reasonable price (around 20% off!!). I am happy to help you communicate with shop clerks or even craftsmen. You can see forging demonstration at the swordsmith museum on certain dates of the year.
・Three or four places where you would like to go in Seki, Gifu.
・For ideas of places to go, please see the images or the highlights.
Guide's transportation fee to the meeting place
Guide's entrance fee to Seki Traditional Sword Museum
Entrance fees to attractions in Seki (you and guide), transportation fee to Seki (you), transportation fees in Seki (you and guide), food, drink and lunch (you and guide). Highway Bus from Takayama to Seki (2400JPY one-way/person), taxi in Seki City (around 3000JPY), the Seki Sword Museum (300JPY/person), Forging demonstration by blacksmiths (300JPY/person), etc.
You will take a Highway Bus from Takayama Nohi Bus Center to Kousoku Seki. It's a 1.5h ride and the first stop from Takayama. (2400JPY one-way/person) Taxi ride to the sword museum. (around 2000JPY) The Seki Traditional Sword Museum (300JPY/person). Forging demonstration is scheduled on the first Sunday except for October and January. For those two, they have separate schedules.
If you want to head to a different, next destination after Seki instead of going back to Takayama, please let me know.
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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