Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama and Uji

【July 1-End of September】Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama and Uji

  1. Ukai in Arashiyama

    Ukai is a traditional fishing method first recorded in old Japanese documents during the 8th century.
    It is recognized as one of the valuable Japanese cultural forms and has been actively preserved in Kyoto and Gifu prefectures. Ukai in Kyoto is one of the must-see summer tourist attractions in Arashiyama and Uji.
    Cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch sweet river fish, or ayu on the Oi and Uji rivers. Tourists can watch the events from either the banks of the river or get a seat on a boat which will enable them to watch the performance up close.
    The good times for fishing are moonless nights when the fish are easily attracted to the fire torch lighting on the boat.
    There are now two women ukai (cormorant trainer) in Uji.
    *The daily event might be cancelled in the case of bad weather.

  2. Ukai in Uji

    Arashiyama (Until Sept. 23)
    ¥1,800, ¥900(4-12 years old)
    Boat ride: 19:00 & 20:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28,get off at Arashiyama Koen
    Tel: 075-861-0302(Arashiyama Tsusen)
    Uji (Until Sept. 30)
    ¥2,000, ¥1,000 (6-12 years old)
    19:00-20:00 (Reception from 18:00; Boarding from 18:30)
    Boarding area
    Nakanoshima Park
    Access: Keihan Line,transfer at Chushojima Stn. to Uji Stn.
    Tel: 0774-23-3334 (Uji City Tourist Association)

The information on this site is reprinted from the July 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.06.22