Cormorant fishing


Art & Leisure


In place of nets or rods, Uji’s fishermen use cormorants on leashes. The birds dive for the fish, store them in their beaks and are then hauled back to the boat to give up their prey. Snares around the birds’ throats prevent them from swallowing the fish, so this is not an attraction that will amuse bird lovers. At night, the fishing takes place by flaming torchlight, and the local tourist bureau organises boat trips for a close-up view.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009



Ujigawa, Kyoto

Telephone 077 423 3334

Open Late june-late sept.

Admission Tickets ¥1,800.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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