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 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.
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
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
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)
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