Katana Museum Tour & Knife Sharpening at Seki, Gifu

Overview

Tour Seki, Gifu's "city of blades," with a guide! Seki earned its nickname for its centuries-old history of manufacturing blades: from swords to cutlery. Visit a sword museum, sharpen a knife under a bladesmith's guidance, then shop for cutlery.

Highlights

  • Discover Seki’s long history of forging top-notch blades: from samurai swords and professional-grade cutlery, to houseware such as scissors
  • Learn about 'Mino-den,’ Seki City's signature swordsmithing technique and one of Japan’s top five swordsmithing schools
  • Shop for high-quality Seki blades to take home: cutlery, scissors, nail clippers, and more
  • Guided by a professional bladesmith, sharpen a knife, and learn to check if its sharpness is up to par

Key Information

Important Information

• If this tour will be canceled due to a typhoon or other conditions, we will contact you 1 day before your tour date to refund or reschedule • For the regular option, your guide's English ability is limited; if you would like a fluent English-speaking interpreter to accompany you, please book the second option • COVID-19 measures are in place, including provision of hand sanitizers and mask-wearing requirements for staff and guests - Participants must be aged 18 or older

Description

Seki in Gifu Prefecture is known as the "city of blades" for its centuries-old tradition of manufacturing sharp, high-quality blades: from swords for samurai in feudal Japan, to high-grade knives for culinary professionals. Since ancient times, Seki has been renowned for manufacturing blades that not only cut well, but also do not bend or break easily. During the Warring States Period (1467–1615), Seki was at its peak as one of Japan's main hubs for sword production, with over 300 swordsmiths in the area. It became known for a unique sword-making style and technique, 'Mino-den,' which is still considered one of Japan's top five swordsmithing schools. Find out how Seki continues to keep this tradition alive! On this tour, which is available all year round, you will visit a katana (Japanese sword) museum, try sharpening a knife, then shop for some cutlery. This tour has four available start times: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, and 14:00. It lasts for about 1½ hours. Below is a sample itinerary for a start time of 11:00: 11:00 — Meet at Gifu Seki Cutlery Hall (Gifu Seki Hamono Kaikan). Then, move to Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum to learn about Japanese sword culture and cutlery-making 11:45 — Return to Gifu Seki Cutlery Hall, where you'll sharpen a knife under the guidance of a professional bladesmith, and learn to check if the knife's sharpness is up to par 12:15 — At Gifu Seki Cutlery Hall's market, shop for cutlery and other blades such as scissors and clippers 12:30 — Tour ends at Gifu Seki Cutlery Hall

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