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Nagara River Ukai Museum (Gifu Nagara River Museum of Ukai Tradition)

Exterior of the Nagara River Ukai Museum
Exterior of the Nagara River Ukai Museum

This museum opens year-round to introduce and transmit information about “Ukai: cormorant fishing on the Nagara River” which is the major tradition and culture to represent Gifu City. Though “Ukai on the Nagara River” is held annually in the limited period from May 11th to Oct. 15th, this museum transmits its attraction during the off-season too.

“Ukai on the Nagara River” is a cultural resource that Gifu City is proud of. It was born of rich nature brought by the crystal clear Nagara River and of the people’s living that has been passed down for over 1300 years. Today, as we are asked to live together with nature, the “Ukai on the Nagara River” is getting more valuable to show a desirable relation between nature and humans. This cultural tradition interests more people living not only in Gifu but also in Japan and abroad in this period. This museum is operated as a base to transmit the Nagara River Ukai tradition and its mission is to pass down the cultural tradition and to promote tourism.


  • 2nd floor scenic lounge
    2nd floor scenic lounge
  • 2nd floor guidance theater
    2nd floor guidance theater
  • 1st floor exhibition room
    1st floor exhibition room


Hours May 1 – Oct 15 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Oct 16 – Apr 30 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission until 30 minutes before the closing time
Admission fee Adults (age 15 and over) - 500 yen
Children (age 4 to 14) - 250 yen
Children (age 3 and under) - free
Group rate (over 20 persons) - 20% discount
Closed May 1 – Oct 15 open every day
Oct 16 – Apr 30 Tuesdays (If a Tuesday is a public holiday, then the next day)
Year End and New Year holiday (Dec 29 – Jan 3)
Access Take one of the “N” lines of Gifu bus at JR Gifu station or Meitetsu Gifu Station or take “City Loop-Line” to “Ukai-ya”. (Takes 15 min, 210 yen /one way)
Get off at “Ukai-ya” and walk 6 minutes.
Pay parking lots Passenger vehicles: capacity of 67
Buses: capacity of 6
Disabled vehicles: capacity of 2
Address 51-2 Nagara, Gifu City
Contact 058-210-1555


Tourist Information in Gifu City:
Feel free to contact the Gifu City Tourist Information Office when you visit Gifu City.