Seki city is famous for its tradition of sword making and cutlery, knives factories. It is also famous for being the place where Ukai (cormorant fishing) started in Nara period (8th century).

We are offering guided private tour of Seki City from Nagoya and around. If you are interested in , please contact us.

Guided Private Tour of Seki City (departing from Hamonokaikanmae Station or Nagoya Station)

08:30 Meet at Nagoya Station (those who start from Nagoya)
08:45 Depart from Nagoya Station (by JR train and Nagaragawa train)
10:14 Arrive at Hamonokaikanmae Station (Seki City)
10:15 Meet at Hamonokaikanmae Station (those who start from Seki City)
10:30 Visit Seki Sword Tradition Museum * 5 minutes walk from station
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Visit Gifu Cutlery Hall
Enjoy shopping and Blade sharpening experience
14:00 Visit cutlery factory (Fujitake) * 5 minutes walk from Gifu Cutlery Hall
15:00 Visit Shinchoukoku-ji Temple *20minutes walk (1.4km) from Fujitake
Walk to Sekiguchi Station *20minutes walk (1.2km) from Shinchoukoku-ji Temple
16:21 Depart from Sekiguchi Station (by JR, Nagaragawa and Meitetsu train)
18:05 Arrive at Nagoya Station

This tour is a private tour and conducted upon request. You can choose a meeting point, such as your hotel in Nagoya or Gifu. Also a tour by private car is available.

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Enku Museum

Enku Museum

Enku is a Buddhist priest who lived in the early Edo period. Born in 1632 in Gifu, he travelled from the Kinki region up to Hokkaido, while continuing to carve Buddha statues. The simple yet unique appearances that the statues have are popular among Japanese people. Enku is said to have made around 120,000 statues of Buddha throughout his 64 year-long life. Among them, 5,000 exist in Japan currently. Out of that, 30 figures are exhibited in this museum.

Open from 9:00 to 16:30. Closed on Mondays, the day after public holidays, and between Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. Admission: 200 yen for adult (free for junior high school students and younger)

Enku Museum Shokan Zeon Bosatsu (Kannon statue)

Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu (Kannon statue) (144 cm high) is a masterpiece, which Enku carved at the age of 47. A tangible cultural asset of Seki City.

Shinoda Toko Art Space

Shinoda Toko Art Space

One of Japan's leading abstract painter, Shinoda Toko, is highly evaluated in and out Japan with her special art style called the "Toko Suiboku (ink painting)". Exhibition of Toko's works is held several times a year. Picture taking is prohibited.

Open from 9:00 to 16:30.
Closed on Mondays and the day after public holidays (however, open on Oct. 12 and Nov. 23). Admission: 300 yen for adult, and free for children.

At the Gifu Collection of Modern Arts, world-class pieces of Shinoda Toko are displayed.

Seki Zenkoji Temple Great buddha

Seki Zenkoji Temple (Sokyuji Temple)

This Tendai school temple was established in the Edo period. The Sakura cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn are spectacular. It is the only temple in Japan that has the Manji Kaidan (Swastika sanctuary) in the basement, which can be visited.

Open from 9:00 to 17:00.

Seki Zenkoji Temple(the Hokan Dainichi Nyorai)

At the Hakkaku-do, the Hokan Dainichi Nyorai which was casted 1,200 years ago is enshrined.

Seki Zenkoji Temple The Daibutsu-de

A big wooden Buddha, which was made around 250 years ago and was transferred from Chiba (west of Tokyo) is enshrined in the Daibutsu-den.

Shinchoukoku-ji and Kitta Kannon

Shinchoukoku-ji Sanju-no-tou

It is a temple of the Chisan-school of Shingon sect, which was constructed in the Muromachi period (from 1336 to 1573) and is said to be the Horyuji Temple of the Mino region. The temple has a lot of cultural assets such as the Yakushi-do, Chinju-do, Sanju-no-tou, and Shaka-do. The Sanju-no-tou is especially famous. The multi-layered wooden piled structure reflects the professional techniques of the old days, which attract visitors. Take note that picture taking is prohibited in all areas between the main entrance and inside the temple building.

Oze cormorant fishing

Oze Ukai

This Ukai inherits the tradition of the Minowa Ukai of the Nara period (7th century) and is performed every year between May 11 and October 15. Three Ushos are Masters of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency (national public servants).

Boat reservation: Make a reservation via the internet at least 5 days in advance.

Iwasa, a house of the Usho (cormorant master)

Iwasa, a house of the Usho (cormorant master)

At the house of the Iwasa family, a 4th generation of one of the Shikibu (Masters of Ceremonies), you can get to know the lifestyle of the cormorants and the Usho (cormorant master). Cormorants turn out to be most attractive in February when their feathers change.

Ruins of the Mirokuji Temple

Ruins of the Mirokuji Temple

Apart from the ruins of the temple which was constructed by a local powerful family in the Asuka period (from 592 to 710), ruins of a government office and a place to carry out religious services can be found here.

Enku Nyujo-zuka

Enku Nyujo-zuka

Enku visited the Mirokuji Temple, ruins of an old temple of the Hakuho period (from 645 to 710) and reconstructed this temple in 1689. The Enku Nyujo-zuka is the place where Enku himself fell into deep meditation in July 1695 when he realized that his death was close.

The tomb of Enku

The tomb of Enku

The tomb can be found in a hillside which is in a certain distance from the Enku Nyujo-zuka.

Seki, also a city of Unagi eel

The Unagi eel of Seki is well-known for having the best taste in the Tokai region. Other than the top quality Unagi restaurants including Shigeyoshi, Tsuji-ya, and Miyoshi-tei, there are a lot more casual restaurants where Unagi is also available.

Tsuji-ya eel Tsuji-ya Unadon

Accommodation in Seki

There are not many hotels available in Seki. Hotel Route-Inn Seki and Seki City Hotel are located within walking distance from Seki Station. There are some special inns to see cormorant fishing as well such as Seki Kanko Hotel.

Please check the accommodation in Seki from here.

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