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Address: 1-2 Minatomachi, Gifu 500-8009, Gifu Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 58-262-0104

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Fantastic cormorant fishing and fireworks!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

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.

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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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Gifu, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Currently there are six master fisherman and each ride their own boat with their own small team. Each fisherman controls 10-15 cormorants using some sort of rope tied to their neck for control and also prevent them from swallowing the fish they catch. The best way to watch it is with a boat that go along the river with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

We lived in Tokyo last year and tried to take our kids (ages 8 and 14) to various places around Japan. Last spring we took them to Gifu for the annual cormorant fishing. The cormorant fishing itself is fascinating to watch. The fishermen have a "basket" of fire hanging off the front of their boats to attract the fish and... More 

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