Ukai (Cormorant Fishing) Watching

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Ukai (Cormorant Fishing) Watching

You can watch Ukai from the bank of the Nagara River. However, for up close observation of the astonishing teamwork between the usho and cormorant birds, it is highly recommended that you try riding an old-fashioned Ukai viewing boat.

In addition to the opportunities it provides for Ukai watching, the ride also gives you unique and refreshing views of the surrounding local scenery on the river.

Ukai Viewing boat
Ukai viewing boats are old-fashioned houseboats with roofs that will allow you to view Ukai performances up close.
There are 40 boats of 5 different sizes, each accommodating 15 to 50 persons.
You can take a “scheduled boat” or a “charter boat”. Both kinds of boat take you to the same Ukai performance.


1. Making Reservations at Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office (Ukai Watching only)

Reservation is available by telephone, fax, or internet. If you make reservations through the Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office, meals will not be served on the boat. Please bring your own meal or arrange catering services by yourself.

Note that there is no place to buy food or drink on the boat or at the boarding area. Please prepare your food and drink in advance if you plan to take meals or refreshments on the boat.

Time Schedule for Ukai viewing boats
Scheduled Boat
Course A
Scheduled Boat
Course B (1)
Scheduled Boat
Course B (2)
Charter Boat
Reception Reception
5:30 p.m.~ Boarding Boarding
around 5:45 p.m.~ Brief Orientation by a Cormorant Fishing Master
6:15 p.m. Departure Reception / Boarding Reception / Boarding Departure and dinner time as requested
6:45 p.m. Dinner on boat Departure
7:15 p.m. (Dinner on boat) Departure
7:45 p.m. Ukai watching
around 8:30 p.m. Getting off the boat
Reservations for Ukai viewing boat
Reserve at Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office by telephone, fax, or internet.
Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office (boarding area)
〒500-8009 1-2 Minato-machi, Gifu City
TEL 058-262-0104
FAX 058-264-2061
Departure time
Scheduled boat
Course A: 6:15 p.m.
Course B (1): 6:45 p.m.
Course B (2): 7:15 p.m.
  • All the above boats take you to the same Ukai performance.
    The only difference is the length of the time you spend on the boat before the Ukai performance starts.
    If you are to have dinner on the boat, either Course A or Course B (1) (departing at 6:45 p.m.) is recommended. Otherwise Course B (2) is recommended.
Charter boat: After 5:30 p.m. as requested
Scheduled boat (per person)
Adults (age 13 and over) Children (age 3 to 12)
Course A Everyday 3,300 yen 2,900 yen
Course B Weekdays 3,000 yen 2,600 yen
Sat/Sun/public holidays 3,300 yen 2,900 yen
  • Scheduled boats are not operated during fireworks display season (the last Saturday of July and the first Saturday of August)
  • Consumption tax is included.
Charter boat (per boat)
Up to 50 persons 132,000 yen
Up to 40 persons 106,000 yen
Up to 30 persons 80,000 yen
Up to 20 persons 53,000 yen
Up to 15 persons 40,000 yen
  • The boat gets very crowded when accommodating the maximum capacity shown in the list above.
    It is recommended to choose the boat which has a maximum passenger capacity 120 to 130 percent greater than the number of members of your party.
  • 50 percent extra is charged during fireworks season (The last Saturday of July and the first Saturday of August)
  • Consumption tax is included.

Reservations for catering services

If you wish, please contact the catering shop - for example, the establishments listed below - and make arrangements by yourself. Check if the caterer will deliver the meal to the boarding area.
There are varieties in menus and prices starting from approx. 2,000 yen.

TEL 058-231-2698
TEL 058-262-2912

2. Reserve for “Ukai tour package” at Hotels (Dinner and Ukai watching with or without accommodation);

Some hotels along the Nagara River offer “Ukai full packages” which include accommodation, dinner, and Ukai watching.
For those not staying overnight at a hotel, the hotels also offer “Ukai day trip packages,” which include dinner and Ukai watching.
For these packages, Ukai watching comes with a Scheduled Boat. (The other plan with Charter Boat is also available.)

Reservations for packages
Make reservations at hotels.
Check in for the tour
Check in at hotels.

For the hotels offering the packages, please refer to the Nagara River Hot Springs Hotel Cooperative Association.

You can choose from a “Dinner on boat” course which serves dinner on board, or a “Dinner at hotel” course which serves dinner at the hotel before getting on board.

Time Schedule for Ukai Tour Packages
“Dinner on boat” course “Dinner at hotel” course
~4:30 p.m. Check in at hotels
5:00 p.m.

Boarding / Departure

Dinner at hotel

5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. Dinner on boat
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Boarding / Departure
around 7:45 p.m. Ukai watching
around 8:30 p.m. Getting off the boat
Going back to hotels
Tourist Information in Gifu City:
Feel free to contact the Gifu City Tourist Information Office when you visit Gifu City.