About one hour bus ride from Gifu station or Nagoya bus terminal brings you to Seki city area. Seki city is small but very famous for its cutlery.In this tour we visit some museums related to cutlery , a temple, a shrine and a factory which produces kitchen knives.You must be so impressed to see real Japanese swords and to know how kitchen knives are produced in a factory .
At Seki city terminal
Seki swordsmith museum
Kasuga shrine at Seki
Zenkoji temple at Seki
Performance by swordsmiths(first Sunday of every month except for October. In October the performance is conducted on the days of Hamono matsuri)
I would like to show you how to do origami(folding paper into figures). I make paper cranes, jumping frogs and throwing knives used by ninja! If you are interested in making origami, let's try!
Kitchen knife factory tour (only on weekdays)
At Seki city terminal
You can enjoy tranquil atmosphere while walking in Seki city.
You can learn a manufacturing process of Japanese swords at a museum.
You can see workmen producing kitchen knives at a factory.
entrance fee (to enter swordsmith museum / 300 yen. to see performance of swordsmiths / 300yen )
your transportation to Seki city terminal(From Gifu station, bus fee is 690 yen. From Meitetsu Bus Center(Nagoya) bus fee is 1060 yen)
From Gifu station to Seki city terminal, it takes about 50 minutes and bus fee is 690 yen.
From Meitetsu Bus Center(Nagoya) to Seki city terminal it takes 80minutes and bus fee is 1060yen.
Factory tour is available only on weekdays.
Performance of swordsmiths is available only on the first Sunday of every month except for October.
In October we have Hamono matsuri , cutlery festival.
The festival is two days which fall on Saturday and Sunday in October.
Factory tour and swordsmith performance may be subject to change.
According to your request, I will customize your plan so that you can enjoy time in Seki city.
We had a wonderful time with Akiko, who showed us around the highlights of Gifu. The Cormorant Museum was most interesting as we knew nothing about cormorant fishing, and being able to visit the home of a cormornat fisherman and see the cormornats was an added bonus. As well the cable car ride to Gifu castle and learning a little of the history added to a memorable day.
Hello Gaye san. Thank you for your kind and nice review. I appreciate your heartwarming atmosphere. We were very lucky that we were able to see the cormorant fisherman fix the basket for cormorants. I am happy to hear the visit was a nice experience to you. Thank you again for everything and choosing Gifu city as one of the destinations in Japan. Please have an enjoyable and safe trip.
I had the unique pleasure of having Akiko as my guide for a tour of Seki City. When I booked the tour my emphasis was on visiting knife/cutlery factory’s and craftsman that Seki is know for, as well as visiting the Seki Sword museum. I have been on tours in Japan with other guides in the past but this one was very different. Akiko went above and beyond to make the experience as broad and encompassing as possible, highlighting site along the way such as various temples and shrines, with an excellent historical background for all these places of interest. Her English is excellent not only in vocabulary and expression, but she is familiar with many colloquial phrases, sayings etc. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch midday, complete with and origami display while we waited for our meal. The bottom line is this: Akiko puts her heart into her job and really did her utmost to provide@ great tour and I truly appreciated it. I would strongly recommend her for any of the tours in the Gifu area, if you want a gourd experience and value. Carmelo
Hello Carmelo san I am so honored that you took your time and sent me your nice review. It was such a beautiful day that we enjoyed walking on that day. At the Seki Sword Museum, I was so moved by your deep knowledge and passion about Katana. Your passion taught me that we should respect our tradition and culture again. I learned a lot from you and I thought I should learn more about Katana. I am sure every person you met in Seki welcome you. I enjoyed translating the conversation between you and the restaurant owner . I hope I will be able to make more kinds of origami . We were very happy having you in Seki. I will continue working hard so that I can gather information for the enough preparation and move flexibly on the day of tour. When you have a chance to visit Japan again, please come back to Seki again. Please have a safe and nice trip. Thank you so much for everything, Carmelo san.
Akiko is such a wonderful and generous guide. I travelled to Japan to specifically learn how to make fake food, as I am an artist myself. Akiko called up the fake food workshops for me to organise meetings with the managers and staff. When I met with her she had even done her own research at the library on fake food and showed me the books she borrowed and translated them for me. Akiko interpreted the conversations I had with staff with great fluency and was incredibly patient. We had a wonderful lunch on our first day together and I really enjoyed the time I spent with her. I had an incredible experience and couldn't recommend Akiko highly enough. Thank you so much Akiko!
Dear Laetitia Thank you so much for your kind comment. I am so impressed and happy to hear you have come to Gujo Hachiman to learn about fake food. You showed me your paintings and photos of your works of art. All of them are so nice! I love them! In the near future, I would love to see fake food made by you. The lunch with you was special to me. Thank you for the enjoyable time! I’m glad you liked local delicacies and clear water in Gujo Hachiman. I hope you will come back to Gifu again. Thank you so much , Laetitia.
We are a group of 5 people from Malaysia. Akiko san was our tour guide in Gifu for 2 days ie 18 & 19 May 2019. I have travelled extensively throughout the whole world with the help of many tour guides. Of them all , I found Akiko to be the most courteous and polite! She worked very hard for us and always answered my queries promptly and effectively. Not only she planned the entire itinerary for us , she also advised us on the most cost effective way to travel to our destination before and after her guided tour. Akiko san lived in Gifu for more than 40years and she knows the area very well. She also speaks good English. I would highly recommend her for anyone who needs a tour guide in Gifu.
I reallly thank you for your feedback filled with kind and positive words, Gin san. I am so honored to have the wonderful , friendly and kind guests like you in Gifu Prefecture. I am very happy that you enjoyed Gujo Hachiman , Cormorant fishing and Shirakawago. We were blessed with sunny days. I had a great time with you all! I hope you will come back to Gifu to spend relaxing time in beautiful nature in the near future. Thank you again for everything.