May. 09, 2019 UPDATE

Arashiyama ukai (Cormorant fishing)

- 嵐山 鵜飼 -
PeriodJuly 1st - September 23th (Except August 16)
VenueArashiyama (Around Togetsukyo bridge)
Traditional fishing method is performed in Arashiyama
Ukai (cormorant fishing) is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants called ‘Umiu’ to catch river fish such as freshwater trouts. It is said that this type of fishing has been carried out from around Heian period. Therefore, ukai has a very long history. Ukai is practiced on a wooden boat which is attached large fire. Cormorants dive under the water to catch fish by swallowing them whole, and the fish are kept in the cormorant’s throat. The fish are retrieved later by fish man. This traditional fishing method was almost disappeared, and these days, ukai is held mainly as an attraction for tourists.
Ukai cruises
Ukai cruises
Ukai cruises for tourists are offered to watch the ukai fishing. It is a rare cruise which maintains a traditional style from the Heian period up to now. When the wooden boat approaching toward us, we can see the fishing performance by fisherman and cormorants at a close range. Ukai cruises are similar to the gorgeous atmosphere of aristocracy in Heian period.
Dinner cruise
Dinner cruise
Arashiyama ukai offers dinner cruises as well. You can enjoy a ukai cruise while eating and drinking. You can choose from 5 kinds of dinner sets such as bento or sukiyaki when you make the reservation and you can bring your favorite drinks to the dinner cruise. Since the dinner cruise is a chartered boat, you can enjoy ukai and dinner in private atmosphere. *Reservation is required with over 10 people, 5 days prior to the event date. *The maximum boarding occupancy is 20 people
Watch the cormorant
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Watch the cormorant
Cormorants which are used in ukai are a kind of birds, and these are called “Umiu”. Cormorants of Arashiyama ukai are grown up in Ibaraki prefecture located in north Japan.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Please refrain from taking some foods or drinks during the ukai cruise
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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It was a truly memorable experience for me, because I had never seen this fishing method. It is said that cormorant fishing method keeps fish fresh compared with other fishing methods. I was surprised to know the wisdom that ancient people had discovered. Arashiyama is surrounded with rich nature, so please enjoy other attractive spots and event in Arashiyama as well.
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Arashiyama ukai (Cormorant fishing) / 嵐山 鵜飼
Phone +81 75-861-0302
Address Susukino babacho, sagatenryuji, ukyo-ku, Kyoto city
Directions 15 minutes by walk from Arashiyama station by Hankyu line 10 minutes by walk from Arashiyama station by Keifuku line
Event time 【Ukai cruise】 *July 1st - August 31th (except August 16) ... 8 pm *September 1st - September 23th ... 7:30 pm 【Dinner cruise】 *Reservation is required with over 10 people, 5 days prior to the event date. And the maximum boarding occupancy is 20 people *July 1st - August 31th (except August 16) ... 7 pm - 9 pm *September 1st - September 23th ... 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cancellations It will be closed in case of heavy rain, wind or flood
Price range
【Ukai cruise】 *1,800 yen for adult *900 yen for children (4 yeas - 12 years old ) 【Dinner cruise】 *Reservation is required with over 10 people, 5 days prior to the event date. And the maximum boarding occupancy is 20 people *7,000 yen (Dinner and cruise fee are included)
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Arashiyama is a little bit far from center of Kyoto. The ukai event is held in the night time. If you stay in Arashiyama area, it is a good opportunity to enjoy the ukai event.
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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