Seki Post Town Walking and Indigo Dyeing Tour

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4 ~ 5 hours
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 5
Your Experience at a Glance

Walk in Seki Juku, one of the fifty-three post towns on the famous Tokaido Trail (the main road in the Edo era between Tokyo and Kyoto).  Experience Aizome (traditional indigo dyeing) and have an authentic healthy lunch cooked with fresh local ingredients.

Experience Price

1 ~ 2 travelers: 25,000 yen/person

3 or more travelers: 23,000 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

JR Seki Station, Kameyama, Mie (Google Maps)

End Location

JR Seki Station, Kameyama, Mie (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

11:00 ~ 15:00/16:00 (4 to 5 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Fluent ★★★★☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Private tour guide
  • Entrance fee to Tamaya Museum
  • Aizome experience
  • Indigo-dyed (Aizome) silk stole
  • Japanese lunch meal set

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Snacks and drinks during the tour

Additional Information

  • Although an apron will be supplied, it would be more suitable to wear clothes that can withstand getting dirty (for the aizome experience).
  • If you have any food allergies please let us know at the time of your booking
  • Bring an umbrella or rain jacket in case of rain
  • Not accessible for strollers and wheelchairs
What You'll Do

The guide will greet you at JR Seki station and accompany you to Jikonka. Here, your journey begins with a Japanese lunch meticulously prepared using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. This wholesome meal includes kuromeshi, a savory blend of rice infused with seaweed, black sesame seeds, and shiitake mushrooms, complemented by a clear broth soup, a delectable dessert, and a serving of traditional fermented Japanese tea.

Next, you will move to the atelier of the establishment, where you’ll engage in the art of Aizome, an ancient Japanese technique of indigo dyeing. Here, you’ll craft your own silk stole adorned with the exquisite hue of Ai, the indigo color also known as “Japan Blue”, a masterpiece to cherish. Materials dyed with Ai acquire antibacterial properties and remain odorless, making them not only visually appealing but also highly functional. Aizome clothing is also considered to provide skin relief for people suffering from eczema.

After trying Aizome, you’ll stroll on the Tokaido trail, surrounded by historic Japanese houses that capture the essence of the Edo era (1603 – 1868). A key part of your journey is visiting Tamaya, a famous inn from that time. Upon entering, you’ll truly feel the atmosphere that welcomed ancient travelers. Along the way, you’ll also explore an important temple and some charming shops before heading back to Jikonka, completing your adventure.

  • Experience traditional Aizome and create your own indigo-dyed silk stole
  • Enjoy a healthy Japanese lunch cooked with fresh, locally grown ingredients
  • Walk and explore the old post town of Seki Juku with 200 year old houses from the Edo-Meiji era
  • Visit an old inn to see how Japanese people stayed and lived there in the Edo era
Your Experience Step by Step

1. Meeting at the JR Seki Station

Meet your guide in front of the JR station.

2. Enjoy a healthy Japanese lunch

Have a healthy Japanese meal with fresh local ingredients.  While being there you can look around the shop for Aizome clothes, pottery, and varieties of tea products as well.

3. Experience Aizome

Move over to the workplace to experience indigo dyeing and create your own Aizome silk stole.

4. Walk on the Tokaido trail in Seki Juku

Walk the trail and stop to  several shops as well as the original inn, temple and other fascinating attractions along the way.

5.Walk back to the station

Go back to the JR Seki station.

6.Closing up

The guide will see you off at the station. 

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Nori Ito

I have lived in the US, UK, and India for approximately 20 years, and I’ve also traveled to many other countries. Living abroad for such a long time made me realize Japan’s value and sparked my interest in working as a translator/guide for foreigners. I’m truly passionate about introducing people to historical sites, authentic Japanese culture, and stunning natural spots that may not be widely known to people outside of Japan. There are countless places that I believe people would love.

Originally from Nagoya, I cover areas around the city and the Kansai region as well. I’m here to ensure your trip to Japan becomes an unforgettable memory. Looking forward to meeting you!

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