Fishing with birds?
There is a type of traditional Japanese fishing known as Ukai, in which they use the trained cormorant, a sea bird, as a help to fishing! These birds catch the fish by the beak and the fishermen rescue the fish, by making them to spit. And to prevent the cormorant to swallow larger fishes, they place a trap near the base of their throat.
This type of fishing has been successful in the past, but today, the main objective is to attract tourists. Do you feel like going?
Ukai started on May 11th and runs until October 15th from 19h45 to 20h30 on the Nagara River in Gifu. Remembering that Ukai will not be held on October 4th, on full moon nights or when the water is too muddy.
Through the line JR Tokaido Honsen to Gifu station. From there, take a bus to the Nagara-bashi stop, which will last about 15 min.
Ticket: ¥ 3,100 or ¥ 3,400 with food included. To book, call: 058-262-0104 or buy from agencies, such as JTB, for example.
For more information, visit the website: https://www.ukai-gifucity.jp/ukai/