Cormorant fishing

Cormorant fishing

Take a traditional wooden boat to see the cormorants up close diving for river fish.

Ukai cormorant fishing has been practiced near Nagoya on Gifu's Kiso River for 1,300 years and continues today every evening throughout the summer.

To get to the heart of the action take a seat on a traditional wooden boat and soak up the atmosphere: little kids in yukata kimono playing with sparklers; kimono wearing dancers floating by as traditional shamisen notes bounce across the waves; and of course the cormorants, skilfully controlled by master fisherman, diving again and again, always coming up with mouthfuls of sweet fish to be grilled over charcoals on special barbecue boats for everyone on the river to eat.

When to go: Cormorant fishing takes place most evenings from June to September.

Cormorant fishing

located in Nagoya

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