Seki, known as the city of blades, has been a major producer of knives, swords, and other cutting implements for over 700 years. Not only is the production of blades a flourishing industry in Seki, but blade-related attractions and events also draw tourists to the city. The most prominent of these is the Cutlery Festival. The festival is held to honor the memory of the master swordsmith Motoshige and to wish for boundless prosperity for the city of blades. Knives, scissors, and more will be sold at the Cutlery Market in the main event area on Honmachi-dori Street, while shows and entertainment that can only be found in the city of blades will take place around the city. See demonstrations of traditional Japanese sword forging, polishing, and ornamenting skills, as well as performances showcasing Japanese swordsmanship techniques. On top of that, there will be sword exhibitions, an outdoor knife show, and more.
(1) Nagoya → about 25 min by JR Tokaido Main Line or Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line → Gifu → about 50 min by Gifu Bus → Seki
(2) Mino-Ota → about 20 min by Nagaragawa Railway → Seki
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Nagoya → about 1 hr 20 min by direct bus → Seki
(1) Seki I.C. → about 10 min on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway → Seki City Hall Parking (temporary parking for the festival)
(2) Mino I.C. → about 10 min on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway → Seki City Hall Parking (temporary parking for the festival)
* When leaving the festival via the expressway, go through Seki Techno Highland to get on the expressway at Mino I.C.
(3) Tomika Seki I.C. → about 15 min on the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway → Seki City Hall Parking (temporary parking for the festival)