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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama

Togetsukyo Bridge鵜飼京都嵐山

The Arashiyama area is one of several regions in Japan - including Gifu Prefecture and Uji - that has an odd variety of fishing known as "ukai" in Japanese.

It is a traditional form of fishing that employs cormorants - birds that in the wild dive into the water to catch fish - to snag sweet fish.

To prevent the birds, which are tethered, from eating their catch, a snare is attached to the birds neck.

Cormorant fishing is thought to date from around 1000 AD in China and Japan.

Visitors can watch the event either from banks of the river or, to get a closer look, ride a boat for 1700 yen.

The event takes place nightly from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Telephone: 075 861 0302


The closest train stations are the Keifuku Line's Arashiyama Station and Hankyu Line's Arashiyama Station.

Cyclists will have no trouble finding parking.


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