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Cormorant Fishing on the Kiso River (木曽川うかい)

2022.06.01

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Photo courtesy of Inuyama Tourist Association



Ukai (鵜飼) is fishing using specially-trained cormorants (鵜 / u) to catch, swallow, and regurgitate the fish. A unique technique passed down through the generations, the first written record of ukai on the Kiso River dates back to 702. Since 1909 it has been one of the area's premier tourist attractions. Weather and river conditions pending, there are daily ukai tours in Inuyama until the early autumn. Tours last between 1hr 15 min. (without meal) and 2 hrs 30 min. (with meal) and visitors are taken out on special viewing boats to within close proximity of the fishing boats. There are ukai tours in other parts of Japan, but Inuyama is unique in that ukai fishing is done in the day time as well as at night.

Daytime Ukai

Onboard meal plan: 1 Jun. - 15 Oct. 11:30 - 13:50 on Tue., Thu., Sat., Sun.
 Cost: Adults 5,000 Yen, Children (age 4-11) 3,600 Yen; Includes meal.


Simple sightseeing plan: 1 Jun. - 15 Oct. 12:30 - 13:50 on Tue., Thu., Sat., Sun.
 Cost: Adults 3,000 Yen, Children (age 4-11) 1,500 Yen. Meal not included.

Evening Ukai

Onboard meal plan: 1 Jun. - 31 Aug. 17:45 - 20:15; 1 Sep. - 15 Oct. 17:15 - 19:45.
 Cost: Adults 3,000 Yen, Children (age 4-11) 1,500 Yen. Meal not included.

Meals can be ordered when making a reservation. (Meal selection & prices available on website.) A 500 Yen charge/person applies to bring own food; own drinks OK.


Simple sightseeing plan: 1 Jun. - 31 Aug. 19:00 - 20:15; 1 Sep. - 15 Oct. 18:30 - 19:45.
 Cost: see Dinner tours above.


Reservations: Kisogawa Kanko, phone: 0568-61-2727 (9:30-18:00; Jun. to 15 Oct.), or make a reservation via the website. Cancelation charges apply. Reservations required for all tours, at least 3 days in advance for tours with meals.
Where: Kiso River (木曽川), Inuyama City (犬山市)
Access: The Ukai Boat Boarding Area is a 5-minute walk north from Inuyamayūen Sta. (犬山遊園駅, IY16) East Exit on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線).
Website: www.kisogawa-ukai.jp

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