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Cormorant fishing viewing on the Nagaragawa River

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Gifu Castle standing on the Mt.Kinka provides visitors with nice panoramic views day and night. You also enjoy watching a traditional unique event Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River while eating dinner in a viewing boat. Sir Charlie Chaplin visited Gifu twice to enjoy this unique traditional event. Besides, a photogenic street Kawara-machi and the Great Buddha statue in Shoboji-temple move you so much.

Gifu Tour Guide - Tetsuji Y.
Tetsuji Y.
4.87 / 5
(38 reviews)
11:00 AM

Meeting Point

At JR Gifu Station

01:00 PM

JR Gifu Station

After meeting, you move around the station-front area

01:40 PM

Public tea house (Matcha-tea break) in Gifu park

02:30 PM

Shobo-ji (Great Buddha)

In Shoboji temple, you see a golden Great Buddha statue which is one of the three most famous Buddha-statues in Japan.

03:10 PM

Nagara River Ukai Museum

In the Nagaragawa Ukai Museum, you learn everything about cormorant fishing. You can also visit one of the fishing master's cafe 'U-no-Iori U' where you can see and come close to cormorants while drinking coffee.

04:30 PM

Kawara-machi

Strolling around the old wooden building street, you enjoy dropping in unique souvenir shops, cafe and fancy restaurants.

06:00 PM

Cormorant Fishing*(11 May to 15 October)

From May 11th to October 15th, you could enjoy cormorant fishing known as Ukai on the Nagara River at night. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing style that started over 1300 years ago. You can enjoy eating dinner on a viewing-boat on the river and see how the fishing-masters manipulate birds to catch sweetfish, Ayu. The ephemeral performance by the fishermen and birds will give you a small glimpse of the old days.

06:30 PM

Night view from the castle *(the available date in 2024 is still unknown)

You enjoy a night tour to the castle via lift-ride and walk. The panorama view from the castle balcony is unforgettable.

09:00 PM

JR Gifu station

Ending Point

At JR Gifu Station

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

guide fee and pick-up in a hotel in central area of Gifu city

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What‘s not included

transportation fee for guide and guests

entrance fee for guests (Gifu CIty Museum:300yen, Shobo-ji:200yen, Nagaragawa Ukai Museum:500yen)

cormorant fishing boat fee for guide and guests (adult/child:3400/1700yen per person)

lunch,tea and dinner fee for guest and guide about 5000yen/person

Tour Important Information

(example itinerary A)

・JR Gifu Station(meeting point) 13:00

・Strolling around Station Front 13:00~13:30

・Public tea house(tea break) 13:40~14:20

・Shobo-ji(Great Buddha) 14:30~15:00

・Nagaragawa Ukai Museum 15:10~16:10

・Kawara-machi 16:30~17:30

・comorant fishing 18:00~20:30

・ night view from the castle 20:30~21:30

・JR Gifu Station 22:00

(example itinerary B)

・JR Gifu Station(meeting point) 10:30

・Gifu Castle 11:00~12:20

(lunch 12:20~13:20)

・Shobo-ji(Great Buddha) 13:20~13:50

・Public tea house(tea break) 14:00~14:30

・Nagaragawa Ukai Museum 15:00~16:00

・Kawara-machi 16:20~17:30

・comorant fishing 18:00~20:30

・JR Gifu Station 21:00

*an attached video shows a scene of cormorant fishing

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Gifu Tour Reviews

Visit to Shirakawa-go

We had a wonderful day with Tetsui who guided us through Shirakawa-go, the site of traditional gassho-zukuri houses. Tetsui was a terrific guide, providing a wealth of information on the traditional houses, but also any number of other topics related to Japanese culture along the way. He made helpful suggestions and adjustments to respond to our interests. Tetsui also handled the logistics extremely well, taking away any worry about our day. He even made bus reservations for us in advance to help us with a somewhat complicated day for us, as we were not familiar with the reservation process. We traveled with him from Takayama to Shirakawa, then we continued on to Kanazawa while he returned to Takayama. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and highly recommend Tetsui as a guide for a tour in Japan!

Lois F.

Thank you so much for your high praise. I am very happy to hear that you are satisfied with my job. I hope next opportunity could bring you back to Japan and give me a chance to help you traveling again. Please give my best regards to James.

A magical hike in a wonderful place

We spent a really wondeful time with Tetsuji during this one-day hiking tour. He picked us in the lobby of the hotel and guided us very efficiently all day long (peace of mind for the whole family). He gave us all sorts of explanations during the hike and answered all of our questions (and we had a lot) about the place but also japanese culture and traditions. Having with us someone this knowledgeable, kind and professional made this day very special and one of the best moment (if not the best) of our stay in Japan. We can only recommend you contact him if you want to discover the Nagoya region !

Fabrice C.

I am very honored to have joined your family-reunion-journey in Japan. A friendly atmosphere of all a member of your family made me relaxed and enjoyed hiking while guiding. I hope you could visit Japan and spend happy times with me again.

Like having an uncle in Japan bring you around!

Tetsuji was punctual, friendly and knowledgeable with a great command of English. He picked us up from the lobby of our hotel and took care of us until our train back to Nagoya. He made good preparations for our tour, having gone to recce the area prior as well as having found out which places might be closed. Although not everything went as planned, he was quick to find alternatives and make arrangements. Our only regret was not having a longer tour with him!

Leach L.

Thank you for so much praise to me. Now, I have a dream that I could have a chance to see your ceramic masterpieces in Singapore someday. Please give my best regards to your friends.

$106/ per group

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