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Cormorant fishing on the Nagara River & paramount night views from Gifu Castle

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9h $ 93 per person


  • ・Gifu Station
  • ・Gifu City History Museum
  • ・Public tea house(Matcha-tea break)
  • ・Shobo-ji (Great Buddha)
  • ・Nagara River Ukai Museum
  • ・Kawara-machi
  • ・Comorant Fishing*(11 May to 15 October)
  • ・Night view from the castle*(29 April to 6 May, 18 June to 31 August, 5 September to 12 October)
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Children ( 6 to 11 years old )
93.00 USD

FREE cancellation 14 days prior

What to Expect

Gifu developed as a castle town during the wartime era in the 16th century. A great warlord, Oda Nobunaga, established this city. A replica of GIFU CASTLE stands on the top of Mt. Kinka and you can easily go there by riding the gondola-lift. From the castle, you can enjoy an excellent view of the city between the Nagara and Kiso rivers. Even though many parts of the center of the city were destroyed by bombing during WWⅡ, a few traditional castle-town areas with temples and shrines still remain at the foot of Mt.Kinka. Walking into this area might make you feel like time slipped to the Edo period. A Matcha-tea break will give you a good chance to know Japanese culture.

On the other hand, the area between Gifu Station and the Yanagase district is a modernized commercial zone filled with many fancy shops and restaurants. Therefore, you can visit not only urban Japan but also pre-modern traditional Japan in only one day.

From May 11th to October 15th, why not enjoy cormorant fishing known as Ukai on the Nagara River at night. Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing style that started over 1300 years ago. You can enjoy eating and drinking on a viewing-boat on the river and see the fishing-masters at work. The ephemeral performance by the fishermen and birds will give you a small glimpse of the old days. If you want to know more about cormorant fishing, you should visit the Nagara River Ukai Museum. This museum is the only one of its kind and features exhibits on everything relating to cormorant fishing.

A night castle tour by lift is another option for your night out on the tour. The panorama view from the castle balcony is unforgettable.

・JR Gifu Station(meeting point) 13:00
・Strolling around Station Front 13:00~13:20
・Gifu City Museum 13:40~14:30
・Public tea house(tea break) 14:30~15:00
・Shobo-ji(Great Buddha) 15:00~15:30
・Nagaragawa Ukai Museum 15:40~16:40
・Kawara-machi 17:00~18:00
・comorant fishing 18:30~20:30
・ night view from the castle 20:30~21:30
・JR Gifu Station 22:00

・JR Gifu Station(meeting point) 10:30
・Gifu Castle 11:00~12:00
(lunch 12:00~13:00)
・Gifu City Museum 13:00~14:00
・Shobo-ji(Great Buddha) 14:00~14:30
・Public tea house(tea break) 14:40~15:00
・Nagaragawa Ukai Museum 15:20~16:20
・Kawara-machi 16:40~18:00
・comorant fishing 18:30~20:30
・JR Gifu Station 21:00

・A few restaurants serve Hida-beef which many people claim is the best in Japan..
・If you’re looking to eat Japanese food, I highly recommend the sweet fish Ayu.

*an attached video shows a scene of cormorant fishing

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Organized by TETSUJI

Licensed Guide
(4) Reviews


  • ・Gifu Station
  • ・Gifu City History Museum
  • ・Public tea house(Matcha-tea break)
  • ・Shobo-ji (Great Buddha)
  • ・Nagara River Ukai Museum
  • ・Kawara-machi
  • ・Comorant Fishing*(11 May to 15 October)
  • ・Night view from the castle*(29 April to 6 May, 18 June to 31 August, 5 September to 12 October)


I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee for guide and guests
entrance fee for guide and guests (Gifu CIty Museum:300yen, Shobo-ji:200yen, Nagaragawa Ukai Museum:500yen)
comorant fishing boat fee for guide and guests (adult/child,3400/1700yen per person)
lunch,tea and dinner for guide and guests
Meeting Point
At JR Gifu Station
Ending Point
At JR Gifu Station
9 hours
Starting time
10:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is comorant fishing done every night ?

A1. Everyday between May 11th and October 15th except when the river water is too high.

Q2. Can I see night views from the castle every night?

A2. Everyday between April 29th and May 6th, between July 18th and August 31st, between September 5th and October 12th(only Saturday or Sunday)

Q3. The required time for tour is different between 2 plans. Do I pay the same rate?

A3. Yes, that's right.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.


Licensed Guide

(4) Reviews

Response Time 8 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

I worked as a public servant in the local government for 35 years. I belonged to the department of Redevelopment, Town-Landscaping and Architectural Guidance. (I have a national 1st-class architect license.) I devoted myself to revitalizing the city by making plans and improving infrastructure for citizens.
Gifu is located in central Japan near Nagoya. There are many unique tourist points to discover that are hard to find in hectic big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. I had a hand in restoring and preserving many of them throughout my career and want to introduce them to tourists from abroad. That’s why I became a guide-interpreter in Gifu.
I also enjoyed traveling around the world. My favorite part of each trip was walking around the city and talking with local residents. Traveling has taught me many things during my lifetime. Now, I would like to help others have similar experience in Japan. read more

Reviews ( 4 )

2 months ago |   by June

“ Flexible and friendly ”

Tetsuji prepared special itineraries for me in smaller towns, one of which became problematic but not through any fault of his. I was impressed by the care and planning he had undertaken and how quickly he grasped what I wanted to see and made arrangements for lots of tea breaks so that we went at my pace. I very much enjoyed our time together and would recommend anyone visiting Japan to go out of the big cities to see different aspects of Japan with Tetsuji.

5 months ago |   by Donna

“ Highlight of our Trip to Japan ”

We were fortunate to have Tetsuji as our guide. He provided a wonderful experience for us as we got to see Gifu Castle, Cormorant Fishing, and Kawara-machi... we also enjoyed Squirrel Village & shopping. In addition, we relaxed in the open air Onsen at Hotel Park, under the beautiful moonlight with a view of Gifu Castle. Tetsuji was very flexible, personable & easy to understand. Highly recommended.

6 months ago |   by Nestor

“ Gifu/Cormorant Fishing ”

Tetsuji was an amazing, excellent and very personable guide to beautiful sights of Gifu. Highlights were visit with cormorant fishing master, viewing boat spectacle of cormorant fishing (with delicious dinner box) on Nagara river, giant Buddha viewing, trip to Gifu Park with Ropeway ride then short hike to Gifu Castle, and panoramic night view from observation floor at top of skyscraper near Gifu station. It was a great day!!! One that my husband and I will always remember thanks to Tetsuji.

1 year ago |   by Helen

“ Wonderful tour! ”

We had an unforgettable tour with this wonderful guide! Very active and engaged, easy to understand and knowledgeable. Took us around to many quaint places and interesting meetings with people. Highly recommended guide!

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