Let's enjoy walking! There are many places to visit in Gifu city area. Gifu park, Mt.Kinka , Shohoji temple, Japanese style cafe. Let's meet at Gifu station or your hotel .
At Gifu station or at your hotel
At the bottom of Mt. Kinka there is a beautiful park called Gifu park. People enjoy walking, eating Tofu dengaku(grilled tofu with sweet miso paste). You can also enjoy drinking matcha tea(green powder tea)
You can easily go up to the top of Mt.KInka by using a cable car. Gifu castle on top of the mountain is so nice and you can enjoy the splendid view from the castle.
The Buddha is unique because it is made of paper and babmoo .
You can enjoy ancient atmosphere on this street.
You can learn about the history of cormorant fishing (Ukai) and see some cormorants there.
At Gifu station or at your hotel
Gifu city is rich in nature. You can enjoy peaceful atmosphere even if you are in the city area. You can walk along Nagara river and stroll in Gifu park.
If you like , you can enjoy casual tea ceremony . The view from Gifu castle is breathtaking! To reach Gifu castle, you take a ropeway.
The great image of Buddha at Gifu was made of ginko tree, bamboo frame and it was hardened with clay and covered with papers with scriptures while the Great Buddha at Nara was cast in bronze.
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!
guide fee, guide’s transportation fee to come to the meeting place
ropeway ( a round trip fare 1,100 yen )
Japanese powdered green tea and wagashi(Japanese cake) : 500 yen
Tofu dengaku : less than 1,000 yen.
entrance fee for the great image of Buddha at Gifu : 200 yen(for adults including high school students) 100 yen(for children)
Ukai museum. : 500 yen(for adults) 250 yen (4~15 year-old)
Bus fare. from Gifu station to Gifu koen rekishi hakubutukan mae 220yen (for adults) 110 yen (for elementary school children)
I can guide you in Nagoya city if you can pay my transportation fee.
Lunch time is not included .
Ropeway fare 1,100 yen for adults (round trip) 550 yen for kids(4~11 year-old)(round trip)
Gifu BIg Buddha : 200 yen(adults) 100 yen (kids)
Ukai museum : 500 yen 250 yen
Akiko went above and beyond for us during our trip to the Seki Cutlery Festival. Before meeting, we let her know what we were interested in and she went to work right away, diligently keeping us informed on everything related to the festival- including advice on the hotel to stay in. She actually called the hotel for real time availability so we would be able to book before it’s too late. The morning of the tour, Akiko was warm and friendly, we knew we were in good hands. We wanted to ship a few things internationally and she facilitated our entire transaction with the post office which is beyond her responsibility to us. We are so grateful for her. Akiko-San was great company as well- between looking at knives we talked about our family and interests. At the end of the tour I felt like she was more of a friend than a guide. She made sure we knew how to get back to the hotel which is a testament to how much she cares about her clients. Thank you for everything Akiko-San! Seki is such a beautiful city and we cannot wait to go back and meet with Akiko-San again.
Hello Sarah san. Thank you so much for your kind and nice review. I am so happy to know you had a great time at the cutlery festival in Seki city. On that day, the festival venue was so crowded and it was hot. You kindly bought me such a cold , good and refreshing lemonade. I really appreciate your consideration. I enjoyed being with you while you were shopping. I hope you liked shopping and talking with local vendors and people there. I was also glad that you told me you liked the peaceful atmosphere of Seki city. It was a lot of fun to walk with you on a path which was off the main road. Thank you for talking to me about your beautiful family. I would love to see you again in Seki city in the near future. Thank you for everything, Sarah san.
Akiko researched and was prepared for my every request. Consequently I had an extraordinary trip to the cutlery festival in Seki, with emphasis on the samurai sword portion. But there was one thing she did that says it all. I had left a nice rain coat on a public train during a previous tour with another company. She took it on herself to run down that coat and have it shipped to me at a hotel later in my trip. It took a great deal of time and effort on her part. That’s what I call above and beyond, I can’t recommend her high enough.
Mike san Thank you very much for sending kind and great feedback for me.Thank you so much for coming to Seki city. I am honored to have such a cheerful and kind guest like you . I’m happy you enjoyed the festival. I learned a lot about Japanese swords from you. I still have many things to learn about katana. I’m also glad that your raincoat was found. When you have a chance to come back to Japan, please visit Seki city again. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please have a safe and nice trip! Thank you.
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.