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51st Seki City Cutlery Festival




Where is the Seki City Cutlery Festival held?

The main festival area is located at Honmachi 2, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture.
It is about a 7-minute walk from Seki Station on the Nagaragawa Railway.

Is there an admission fee?

The Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum and the sword exhibition are free of charge, as are demonstrations of traditional Japanese sword forging, polishing, and ornamenting skills. Come and enjoy these attractions as you please.

Will the festival be lit up at night?

The Cutlery Marke in the main festival area will be held from 10:00 to 17:00. It will not be lit up at night.
Some areas may close earlier. Please check the information for each event.
At night, the Akari Art Contest and Exhibition will be held in Mino, Seki's neighboring city. Feel free to stop by.

How long will it take to see the festival?

There will be about 50 vendors selling swords, knives, and more on the one-kilometer street.
We estimate it will take about 60 to 90 minutes to see the main festival area. * Will vary by individual

Will the festval still be held in the event of rain?

The Cutlery Market will still be held in the event of rain. (Some events may be canceled.)
If the weather forecast for the day warns of bad weather, we would advise bringing rain gear.

Will rain gear be available for purchase?

Vinyl umbrellas are available at convenience stores and the shopping street around the festival.
Quantity will be limited, so it would be a good idea to bring your own rain gear.

Will there be places to eat?

The Cutlery Festival hosts a Public Community Booth (main festival area), Gourmet Alley (Seki Health Center parking), and the Seki Local Delicacy Festival (Seki City Hall).
You can enjoy all of Seki's local specialty foods in one place—fried chicken, rice bowls topped with sweetfish and eel, and more. Restaurants on the shopping street serving as the main festival area will also be open as usual.
Eat your fill of Seki's specialty foods, much-loved by the locals.

Can I buy souvenirs at the event?

There will be vendors selling local foods and crafts at the festival.
Souvenirs will also be available at shops on the shopping street serving as the main event area.

Will the roads be busy?

During the festival on Saturday and Sunday, the roads around National Route No. 418 (Heiwa-dori Avenue), Route No. 281 (Seki-Mino Line), and other roads near the festival are expected to be busy.
Please park you car in the special festival parking near the festival and use a shuttle bus.
(The shuttle bus will run from 9:00 to 17:30.)

I lost something at the festival.

Lost and found items delivered to the festival office will be kept for one month. (Valuables will be delivered to the police.)
Please contact the Seki Cutlery Festival Executive Committee (inside the Tourism Division in Seki City Hall) via phone at 0575-23-7704.

Will there be parking available?

There will be seven parking areas around the festival, with a total capacity exceeding 2,000 cars.

(1) Cultural Hall (300 spaces)

5-minute walk to the main festival area

(2) Chuno Publicly-run Local Wholesale Market (200 spaces)

3-minute walk to the shuttle bus stop at Seki City Hall
(18-minute walk to the festival)

(3) Seki City Hall (450 spaces)

5 minutes to the festival by the shuttle bus

(4) Chuno Kosei Hospital north parking (1,000 spaces)

3-minute walk to the shuttle bus stop at Seki City Hall
(15-minute walk to the festival)

(5) JA Grain Elevator (150 spaces)

10 minutes to the festival by the shuttle bus

(6) Apise Seki South temporary parking (150 spaces)

5-minute walk to the main festival area

(7) Seki Post Office South temporary parking (150 spaces)

5-minute walk to the main festival area

Accessible parking is available at the Seki Chamber of Commerce and Industry and at the Nishikido parking lot.

Which parking area will be the least crowded?

The parking areas at the Cultural Hall and City Hall will be crowded.
We recommend parking at the Seki Post Office south temporary parking or at the Apise Seki south temporary parking.

About shuttle buses

Shuttle buses will run from parking areas (3) and (5) above to the main festival area every 15 to 20 minutes.
There will be a shuttle bus stop at the center of the main festivaal area.
* Shuttle buses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
* The buses may be delayed due to heavy traffic on the roads around the festival. Thank you for your understanding.

How many restrooms will there be? Will there be accessible restrooms available? Will there be nursing rooms available?

There will be restrooms at 7 locations.
Accessible restrooms and nursing rooms are available at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and at Asakura Fureai Plaza.

Are pets allowed at the festival?

They are, but we ask for your cooperation in handling them, so as not to cause a nuisance to other visitors (for example, keeping your pet in a carrier).
On the shuttle bus, pets must be kept in carriers, with the exception of guide dogs.

About the handling of purchased cutlery

Keep all purchased cutlery in its packaging until you arrive home.
Follow the seller's instructions, use them safely and properly, and treat them with love and care.

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