Experience the techniques of an era long past in the silent, pitch black darkness of night

From May 11 to October 15 of every year, in the small village of Oze on the bank of the Nagara River, the cormorant fishing masters of Oze practice their craft, which is a rich tradition with roughly 1000 years of history. Its most compelling draw is the raw simplicity and emotion hidden within the technique. Rather than being performed as a kind of show for visitors, the masters in Oze continue to practice it purely as a means of fishing, making it one of the few places you can see cormorant fishing as it was long, long ago. Neither the fishing boats nor the viewing boats are powered by motors, keeping the practice as close to its traditional form as possible.

Using torches as their only source of light, the way in which the cormorant fishing masters of Oze maneuver the strings connecting them to their birds in order to fish in the dark of night is nothing short of stunning. The three distinguished cormorant fishing masters of Oze have protected the tradition of their art, and those who come to see them at work will almost certainly not leave disappointed.

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Basic Information

Date

May 11th - October 15th Every Year

Time

※Boarding times differ depending on the season
(Boarding in May, June and July is from 6:30pm onwards
Boarding in August, September and October is from 6:00pm)

Venue

Oze Cormorant Fishing Docks

Address

Oze 76-376-3, Seki City, Gifu 501-3265

Access

From JR Gifu Station or Meitetsu Gifu Station, take the Gifu Bus Seki Itadori Line to the “Oze Yusen-mae” stop
5 minute drive from the Seki Hiromi interchange of the Tokai-kanjo Expressway

Business Hours

■From 5/11 to 6/14
Boarding at 6:40pm
■From 6/15 to 8/14
Boarding at 6:50pm
■From 8/15 to 10/15
Boarding at 6:30pm

Price

Boat reservation: 28,000 yen for group of 10, 51,000 yen for group of 20
Individual admission: Adults: 3500 yen, Children: 2,500 yen

Telephone Number 0575-22-2506
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Notes

Fishing may be canceled during extreme conditions, such as stormy weather or high tide