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  •   Joan (Urakuen)
  •   Sanko Inari Shrine
  •   Puppet Exhibition Room
  •   Donden- kan Museum ( The Festival Float Exhibition Room )
  •   Cormorant Fishing


City Aichi
Depart From Aichi , Nagoya
Meeting Point At Inuyama Yuen station or your hotel in Inuyama or Nagoya
Ending Point At Inuyama Yuen Station or your hotel in Inuyama or Nagoya.
Departure 13:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7:30h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 5


153.00 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 9.00 USD
Extra child. 4.50 USD
Extra hour. 18.90 USD

What to Expect

Why don't you enjoy watching cormorant fishing on the roofed barge after strolling around Inuyama Castle and its castle town? The comorant fishing tour starts from Jun 1 and ends October 15.
If you only have a short time to spend in Nagoya, the other tour "Stroll around Inuyama Castle and Joan (tea ceremony house)" is probably the tour for you.

Inuyama city is about 30 minutes away from Nagoya city by train .
Inuyama Castle(a national treasure) is the oldest castle In Japan( built in 1537) and it played an important role in the history. Your guide will explain about the history of the castle. It stands on a cliff beside the Kiso river. The panoramic view from its castle tower is magnificent.
Joan(a national treasure) is one of the most famous tea houses in Japan (built around 1618) . It is in Urakuen, a tranquil Japanese garden. You might enjoy Japanese powdered tea if you want. Your guide will show you how to drink the tea.
The castle town around Inuyama Castle retains the atmosphere of the Edo period and still now dotted with old tradesmen's houses which have been transformed into coffee shops, souvenir shops or restaurants .

After strolling around the castle town, your guide will take you to a restaurant to have dinner. It's highly recommended that you discuss your dinner preferences with your tour guide at the time of booking the tour. Prior booking is recommended in order to get seats in a good restaurant.

If you would like to have dinner on the roofed barge, it is also possible. Your guide will book it for you. Please consult with your guide.

In the evening after dinner, a spectacular show, watching cormorant fishing on the roofed barge begins. (Your guide will book the boat ticket for you when you book this tour.) Cormorant fishing around the Kiso river region has more than 1300 years of history. It uses the classical method of fishing with 10 cormorants that are controlled by the strings of the Usho (the fishing master). With the Inuyama Castle in the background, the Usho and the cormorants create a dramatic scene on the Kiso river.

What‘s included

Tour guide fee. If you are staying at a hotel in Inuyama , the tour guide will meet you there .

What‘s not included

You and your guide's transportation fee, if hotel pick up is in Nagoya.
Entrance fees for the castle and Joan and museums ( about $15 USD).
The fee for your Cormorant Fishing barge(about $28 USD).

Extras (optional)

Extra person. 9.00 USD
Extra child. 4.50 USD
Extra hour. 18.90 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the cormorant fishing be cancelled in bad weather?

As the barge has a roof, even if it rains, the cormorant fishing will be held.
However, the fishing might be cancelled depending on the weather and the river conditions ( like a typhoon ).

Is the ticket for Cormorant Fishing barge obtainable anytime ?

Please ask the guide if the ticket for the Cormorant fishing barge of the day is still obtainable or not before you apply. The guide will immediately check the booking at the boat company and inform you about it. Then if it is ' Yes ', please apply for this tour plan as soon as possible. If it is 'No ', there is another plan, ' Stroll around Inuyama Castle and Joan (tea ceremony house). Please apply for this plan. https://triplelights.com/japan/aichi/tour/50/stroll-around-inuyama-castle-and-joan-tea-ceremony-house

What to wear ?

Please wear proper clothes for walking. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat will be appropriate as we stroll around castle town. There are no escalators or elevators as Inuyama Castle is an old and original castle.
In the evening, it will be cooler on the barge on the Kiso river.

Dinner's preference

After strolling around the castle town, you will have a relaxing time for dinner. As the town is relatively small, there are not so many restaurants open in the evening.
Some nice and popular restaurants need prior booking. Please ask your guide. The guide will book a restaurant for you.
Popular and nice French (Italian) restaurants. (about $40 USD and up).
An excellent Japanese French restaurant, which used to be a merchant house in Edo era and was rebuilt in 1842. (about $40 USD and up) .
A cozy Japanese restaurant (about $30 USD and up) and casual restaurants and others .

Is it possible to have dinner on the barge?

Yes. You can feast on local delicacies on a canopied barge before the Cormorant fishing show starts. Advanced booking is required for the meal. ( about $30 USD/person). Please ask your guide.

How to get to Inuyama Yuen station from Nagoya ?

Please take the Meitetsu train, bound for Shin Unuma and get off at Inuyama Yuen station. It takes about 40 minutes from Nagoya.

What time in the year will the cormorant fishing be held ?

For four and a half months. It starts from Jun 1 and ends on October 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

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After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
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You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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2 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: Hong Kong

“ Sites in Nagoya, Inuyama Castle & festival, Gifu ”

Very professional with all sorts of detailed knowledge on the subject areas, historical and cultural, some of which are from her own studies and research. We have greatly enjoyed the three days of tour with Rumiko.

Hello Benson. I really appreciate your great and swift review. You are very active and energetic ,which I truly admire. The tour went very smoothly thanks to you, even though it was a bit early to see cherry blossoms. As it was quite cold and cherry trees came into bloom later than usual in Nagoya this year. I hope you could enjoy seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Ueno Park, as you mentioned. Please come and visit here again someday . With best regards . Rumiko

Alan Alan
3 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Singapore

“ Dedicated, meticulous and conscientious tour guide ”

Rumiko is extremely helpful! She provided recommendations on hotels prior to the trip and even help make reservations for bus tickets for our trip to Nagoya! She put in lots of effort to plan for our itinerary as we were towing a 5 year old boy for the trip. She ensured that our two days with her were fun enough for adults and kid - she prepared quizzes and stories about the places of interest to keep our little one engaged throughout the two days. She is very knowledgeable about the history of Gifu and Nagano and Japan in general. Wonderful guide and strongly recommend her for anyone who wishes to have a good guide.

Arigato Gozaimasu, Alan. Thank you very much for your great review. I am happy you and your family enjoyed my tours around Nagoya , one tour to visit Inuyama Castle ( National treasure , the oldest castle in Japan ) and Gifu Castle with a panoramic view, on top of the mountain. The other tour to visit Magome and Tsumago (old post-towns in Kiso valley). it was very pleasant to walk with you and your wonderful family. I hope each scene will remain in your heart as a memory of Japan. Please have a good and safe fly back to your country . Hoping to see you someday again . Arigato Gozaimashita . With best regards. Rumiko

5 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Beautiful Nagoya ”

We had a wonderful experience in Nagoya with Rumiko as our guide. She came in very prepared and made sure my kids will enjoy and learn a lot of things about the places we visited. She surely knows how to entertain kids, elderly and us. Overall, she made our tour worthwhile and fun. I will definitely recommend her to my friends and relatives visiting Nagoya.

Dear Alicia and your wonderful family. Thank you very much for choosing Nagoya and my tour. As the tour was held at the end of the year, there were few sightseeing spots to visit. Most of the places were closed on the day. We went to Gifu Castle, which is open all through the year. I am very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the tour. Hoping to guide you in and around Nagoya again someday. With best wishes, Rumiko.

6 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Singapore

“ Nagoya with Rumiko ”

As I have to work, my wife and 2 boys have Rumiko for 2 days in Nagoya. It was the most wonderful experience to have Rumiko to take you around Nagoya. The boys truely enjoyed themselves and keep talking about it when they are back at the hotel. Rumiko has made a wonderful day for my wife and 2 boys. Deeply appreciate for all arrangement . Thank you for the wonderful experience.

Dear Eng. Thank you very much for choosing me as your wonderful family's tour guide. I also had happy time with your family. On the first day we went to Nagoya Castle, Sakae (Oasis 21) and Toyota Automobile museum. On the second day we went to Inuyama city to visit Inuyama Castle (National treasure) and its castle town, then we went to Gifu city to visit Gifu Castle. Gifu Castle is on the top of a mountain. We got on a ropeway and enjoyed panoramic view from the top of the castle. we conquered three castles just in two days! Thank you very much. Sincerely yours, Rumiko.

8 months ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Kiso Valley and the Nakasendo with Rumiko ”

Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Our hike was one of our highlights of our trip. Pace was just right, stories intriguing.

Dear Dean. Thank you very much for your kind message. I was very happy to be your guide for the Kiso valley walking tour. How was Sake which you bought in Nakatsugawa? Hope to serve you next time. Sincerely yours. Rumiko

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