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Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Observation

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Address: 1-2 Minatomachi, Gifu 500-8009, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 58-262-0104
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Master demo with cormorant "fishing"

We had a conference in a hotel & invited one of the "masters" to demonstrate how to use the cormorant to fish. It looks cruel when the bird's neck is tied up with string, but bird... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Cecilia C
Hong Kong Region, China
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Hong Kong Region, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We had a conference in a hotel & invited one of the "masters" to demonstrate how to use the cormorant to fish. It looks cruel when the bird's neck is tied up with string, but bird doesn't appear in pain. Unfortunately all commentary is in Japanese.

Thank Cecilia C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Looking for a change from Temples and Castles? Try this. It is a bit 'touristy' but still an interesting and unusual experience. Get a Bento box delivered to the ticket office to eat on board. We used Kikusui 0582608777. Just beware, we ordered two boxes; one would have been enough; there was a lot of food! But highly recommend the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Nagaragawa Ukai is cormorant fishing that is conducted in the Nagaragawa River in Gifu City during the period from May 11 to October 15 every year. It was still cold on the boat on May 11, but we enjoyed not only the cormorant fishing but also the fireworks. On the boat, we ate Japanese-style bento, and especially grilled ayu(sweetfish) was... More 

1 Thank ペンギンぬりたて
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

If you are into understanding the culture of Cormorant Fishing, this is a great place to see. It has a great cafe that overlooks the beautiful river and mountain(with snow) in winter). Nice place for lunch and great help with the persons serving us. Thank you 'Hero' for giving us the complimentary tickets. Gave us good advice about where to... More 

1 Thank Semsin
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Get on the vessel to watch the cormorant fishing on Nagara river in Gifu city between May to October. If your budget permits, rides with Maiko/Geiko entertainment and Ayu (sweet fish) dinner are available (no English assistance). Ambassadors are invited to Goryo Ukai (Imperial Cormorant Fishing) performed by select cormorant fishermen who belong to the Imperial Household Agency 8 times... More 

Thank Yoshiko O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is something I've wanted to see for a while. As other posters will have explained, it is a tradition that goes back to the Edo period. All of the details are explained on their English website ( http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_01.html). Tickets: Our tickets were 3400 yen each. Although you can't book online via the English website, if you or someone you... More 

1 Thank gaijinguyinjapan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Cormorant fishing has taken place on the Nagara river for more than a thousand years, and still takes place every night in the season (mid May to mid October). You can reserve a place from the tourist office at the JR station, or by the river at the Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office. It costs around 3100Y on a weekday,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Overall it was a great evening but we came away feeling that it was more of a carefully orchestrated show than actual genuine cormorant fishing. We went on the 7.15pm departure, easily parking our car for free in the car park about 5 minutes down the road. Being Western we were concerned that we would have to sit on cushions... More 

1 Thank elsiek
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

This experience was as others described it. It was interesting but maybe it wasn't worth a special stop in Gifu. Most importantly, there are 3 different price structures. We paid the most, but I would recommend paying the lowest rate. The cormorant viewing is identical. By paying more, you spend longer in the viewing boat to have your dinner.

1 Thank saccuch
Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was a great, romantic experience. We loved the atmosphere on the boats, and the customer service was fantastic. We had our hotel call ahead to make reservations. Upon stepping off the bus, we must have looked lost, because a guide called me by name to direct us. (As the only non-Japanese, we were pretty recognizable.) We were escorted to... More 

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