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Watch Ukai Cormorant Fishing on the Kiso River in Aichi

By Voyagin
Price is NZ$78per traveller


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2h 30m
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  • Watch ukai, a cultural tradition that's over 1,300 years old

  • Have a delicious bento box for dinner

  • Dress as an ukai boatman

  • Enjoy not only ukai, but also the scenery

  • Board a sightseeing boat to watch ukai

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Sightseeing boat ride to watch ukai (cormorant fishing)

  • What's included

    Bento box

  • What's excluded


  • What's excluded

    Tour guide

Know before you book

  • This activity does not include a guide; please board the boat on your own. For explanations, English materials will be provided

  • This activity may sometimes be cancelled due to inclement weather and/or the overflowing of the Kiso River. In this case, we will contact you by 09:00 on the day of your activity to refund or reschedule

  • For the costume experience, you will dress up as a boatman, not an usho (ukai master)

What you can expect

Board a sightseeing boat to watch 'ukai,' an ancient practice that uses trained birds called cormorants to catch fish, as you enjoy the scenery and dinner. You'll also get the chance to dress as an ukai boatman and pose for photos!

The ancient practice of ukai involves using trained birds called cormorants to catch freshwater fish such as 'ayu' (sweetfish) at night. This traditional fishing method that’s over 1,300 years old thrived under the patronage of local and national authorities such as warlords and the Imperial Family.

Today, ukai is still staged on summer nights at 13 rivers across Japan for audiences’ pleasure. With fishing masters called ‘usho’ wearing traditional robes and straw skirts, as well as flaming torches hanging from the fisherfolk’s boats, ukai is a spectacle to behold.

In this activity, you’ll watch ukai on the Kiso River in Inuyama. You’ll board a sightseeing boat, from which you'll enjoy the surrounding scenery as you feast on a bento box for dinner. Then, you’ll get off the boat to dress as a boatman and take some photos. The chance to dress as a boatman is a unique experience that only we offer — guests who booked elsewhere will just wait or take a break while you pose for photos! Afterwards, you will return to the boat for the main attraction: ukai.

This tour lasts for about 2.5 hours, and is available from June 1 to October 15. From June to August, it starts at 17:45, while from September to October, it starts at 17:15. Sample schedule:

17:45 / 17:15 — Meet in front of the reception area of Kisogawa Ukai

18:00 / 17:30 — Board the sightseeing boat at Inuyama Bridge Wharf; enjoy dinner and sightseeing

19:00 / 18:30 — Get off the sightseeing boat; dress-up as a boatman; break time

19:30 / 19:00 — Return to the sightseeing boat to watch ukai

19:45 / 19:15 — Watch ukai in action

20:15 / 19:45 — Disembark at Inuyama Bridge Wharf; activity ends

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Masks required
  • Hand sanitiser provided
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Activity Location

  • the reception area of Kisogawa (Kiso River) Ukai near Inuyamayuen Station
  • Inuyamayuen Station
  • Inuyama Aichi 484-0081

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • the reception area of Kisogawa (Kiso River) Ukai near Inuyamayuen Station
    • Inuyamayuen Station
    • Inuyama Aichi 484-0081

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