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Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Observation

1-2 Minatomachi, Gifu 500-8009, Gifu Prefecture
+81 58-262-0104
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Interesting but river crowded with boats

As the closing night on a tour of Japan, our guides took us to this. We boarded a boat at our hotel... read more

Reviewed July 1, 2017
Bay Area, California
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Cormorant Fishing at night

This was great. We made our reservation at the Information Centre at Gifu JR Station. Many people... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2017
Richmond, Australia
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1-2 Minatomachi, Gifu 500-8009, Gifu Prefecture
+81 58-262-0104
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

As the closing night on a tour of Japan, our guides took us to this. We boarded a boat at our hotel and then sailed down a bit. We ate dinner on our boat (they provided the dinners) and then paddled up the river a...More

1  Thank bikegem
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

This was great. We made our reservation at the Information Centre at Gifu JR Station. Many people bring beautiful Department store bento boxes on board for dinner, with drinks. We bought some light snacks and wine and ate afterwards at a local Chinese restaurant. There...More

Thank RosemarieD65
Reviewed October 15, 2016

Very interesting night fishing with fire and birds and I think it is a must see of the city. It will be dependent on the weather and make sure you buy yourself bento boxes to enjoy on the boat while waiting. If you manage to...More

Thank konstanza_sf
Reviewed April 10, 2016

It is good to learn more about a country's culture and especially a specific place's unique activity that tell us so much more about the people the country and the environment there. It was a very special evening to me as it was my first...More

1  Thank KKYZ
Reviewed March 30, 2016

Although I'm living in Gifu( still today) I was yet to see the 鵜飼(cormorant) fishing called : ooo-Kai in Japanese. I took a long time business colleague on a short visit 2 words @ first... Weird and cruel..why. They man was squeezing the fish outta...More

2  Thank Dayne_1968
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...More

1  Thank Cecilia C
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;...More

1  Thank hermione l
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...More

1  Thank ペンギンぬりたて
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...More

1  Thank Semsin
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...More

Thank Yoshiko O
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