Nagaragawa River Ukai

Sightseeing information about Nagaragawa River Ukai in Japan.


Nagaragawa River Ukai (cormorant fishing)4.0

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Ukai (cormorant fishing) has a 1,300 year-long history in Gifu as a summer tradition. The Usho (master trainers of cormorants) dressed in ancient costume together with the cormorants glow in the darkness under the light of bonfire, creating a fantastic view. This practice which is designated as the country's important intangible folk cultural asset is certainly worth seeing.

During "Sougarami", climax of the program, six boats sail side by side in a row to catch fish together, which is truly a highlight of the night. The profession of master trainer of cormorants is hereditary and is a public servant post belonging to the Imperial Household Agency.

The Ukai is practiced every day from May to October. Various tourist options are offered, from the luxury ones with meals served, up to a simple sightseeing course at a reasonable price. Select the best course according to your purpose and budget.

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