What to See & Do

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River

長良川の鵜飼 (Nagaragawa no Ukai)

A staple of summertime in Gifu: a traditional fishing ceremony that unfolds just like an ancient Japanese picture scroll

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Ukai is an ancient fishing method that has been performed in Gifu for 1,300 years in which the fishing master uses cormorants to catch sweetfish. With Gifu Castle looming in the background, in the dark of night the masters and the cormorants set about their work, guided by the flaming torchlights at the helms of their boats. Though short in duration, this ceremony transports you back in time with its subtle yet profound beauty. Charlie Chaplin himself came to watch ukai, and he loved it so much that he even came back to see the spectacle again!

Ukai is performed every night from May 11th to October 15th, except on days of heavy rainfall and on the night of the Harvest Moon. Along the river there is a famous hot spring area, the Nagaragawa Hot Spring, which you should take advantage of if you come to watch ukai!
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Cormorant fishing viewing boats and the Nagaragawa Hot Spring area
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Viewing boat loading area
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Viewing boats floating down the Nagara River
DATA
Date May 11 - October 15
Time 6:45pm to the end of the fishing ceremony
Address / Map 1-2 Minato-machi, Gifu City, Gifu  |  Map
Telephone Number 058-262-0104  (Gifu City Ukai Boat Office)
Days Closed for Business No days off during the fishing season except on days of heavy rainfall and on the night of the Harvest Moon
Price Option A
Any day -- Adults: 3,400 yen, Children: 1,700 yen (departure at 6:15pm)

Option B
Mondays to Fridays -- Adults: 3,100 yen, Children: 1,700 yen (departure at 6:45pm or 7:15pm)
Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays -- Adults: 3,400 yen, Children: 1,700 yen (departure at 6:45pm or 7:15pm)
Directions 10-minute taxi ride from Gifu Station to the viewing boat loading area