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Gifu Eco Tour: Nagara River Fishing & Ayu Cuisine | May-Oct

ID
489
Dining Experiences
Tour the stunningly clear Nagara River, recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, before indulging in an Italian-style meal featuring ayu sweetfish. (Eat! Meet! Japan 2020 Bronze Award)
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4 hours
Japanese, English
Highlights
Boat tour of the Nagara River, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Learn about fishing methods from a local fisherman and watch him haul in his catch
Maneuver the boat with a traditional paddle
Dynamic Italian course meal featuring local ayu sweetfish, which only inhabit the clearest waters
ID
489
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
+
Host will donate 7 meals
Experience Details
Considered one of Japan’s “Three Clear-Flowing Rivers” the Nagara River features stunningly transparent waters and is listed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritages for its traditional ukai fishing technique using cormorant birds. During this eco tour in Gifu Prefecture, you’ll be whisked down the Nagara River in a traditional wasen (Japanese boat) with a local fisherman who will demonstrate various fishing techniques including hand-cast net fishing with a net that becomes virtually invisible underwater. There’s a also a fun, hands-on element as guests can maneuver the boat with a traditional paddle. You may even be lucky enough to witness a good catch from one of the fisherman’s small-scale fishing traps, like local suppon (soft-shelled turtle), shrimp, unagi (eel), and crab. Ayu (sweetfish) is a local specialty that can only inhabit clear, clean water–which the Nagara River is renowned for. During a 5-course meal at La Lucanda, an Italian restaurant that uses a mix of local and imported Italian ingredients, three types of ayu are showcased: fried, roasted, and komochi (filled with eggs). Sitting at the counter seat, watch as Chef Luca Lattuada from Italy cranks out fresh, homemade pasta and other dishes that highlight this local specialty of Gifu's Nagara River. MENU: Mitten Crab and Potato Soup Fried Nagara River Ayu with Tomato and Couscous Fresh Tagliatelle with Ayu and Broccoli Roasted Komochi Ayu with Polenta and Parmesan Rum Baba with Yogurt Gelato, Coconut Crumble, and Bee Pollen
Inclusions
Boat tour on the Nagara River
Commemorative photo on the boat with a scenic castle in the background
Five-course Italian meal using local ingredients
Exclusions
Transportation fee to the meeting location
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
20 minutes by bus from JR Gifu Station 8 minutes on foot from the bus stop" Ukaiya " (Nagaragawa Ukai Museum is next door)
Remarks
The tour may be canceled due to bad weather
For the boat tour, wear clothes that are easy to move in and bring sandals (optional)
Accessibility: please note that there are stairs to the second floor of the restaurant, where the dining experience will be held
Beverages are charged separately
Ukai fishing (Japanese intangible cultural heritage) can be viewed from the promenade, a 2-minute walk from the facility around 20:00
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Earliest available date: March 19, 2021
¥ 31,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
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Host will donate 7 meals
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Family-friendly
With dinner