Kiso River Ukai Cormorant Fishing | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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[Kiso River Ukai Cormorant Fishing]

Get an up-close look at a Japanese traditional fishing method with a long history

Ukai is a traditional fishing method making use of the natural fishing skills of cormorants. From aboard their boats, ukai fishermen in their classical attire use their skillful rope technique to control about 10 cormorants each and catch sweetfish and other river fish. This fishing method has a long history—it has been practiced for around 1300 years. Today, ukai is still practiced at more than 10 places nationwide, and here on the Kiso River, visitors can watch this intriguing method of fishing up close (reservation required). Visitors can have this experience in the daytime, something you won't find anywhere else. On a nighttime run, you can feel the water splashed by the cormorants and the heat from the fire used in the fishing.
Date June 1st to October 15th, 2018
 
Address Inuyama Kitahakusanbira 2, Inuyama City, Aichi
Phone Kisogawa Kanko Co., Ltd
+81-568-61-2727 (Japanese only)
Opening hours ● Daytime cormorant fishing run (Held every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday except for August 9th to 12th)
Meeting time 11:30
● Nighttime cormorant fishing run (Held every day except for August 10th)
Meeting time June to August: 7:00 p.m., September and October: 6:30 p.m.
Holidays October 16th to May 31st
Admission fee ● Daytime cormorant fishing run (Meal included)
Adults 4,500 to 4,800 yen
Children (Age 4 to 11) 3,300 to 3,450 yen
● Nighttime cormorant fishing run
Adults 2,600 to 2,900 yen
Children (Age 4 to 11) 1,300 to 1,450 yen
Access Alight at "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen and walk to "Meitetsu Nagoya Station". Take the Meitetsu Inuyama Line Rapid Limited Express or Limited Express from "Meitetsu Nagoya Station" for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Inuyama Yuen Station", and walk for approx. 3 minutes.
URL http://kisogawa-ukai.jp/
* May be canceled depending on the weather and the water conditions of the Kiso River.
* Kiso River Ukai Cormorant Fishing is scheduled to be held every year from June 1st to October 15th.

updated on Sep 30, 2018

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