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Establishment of the Museum

 On August 1, 2012, the “Nagaragawa Ukai Museum” opened in the Nagara Ukaiya area of Gifu City.
 The museum is open all year round, and functions as a place to promote the value of the traditional cultural practice that is representative of Gifu City - Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River - in a way that is easy for visitors to understand. The limited season for Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River runs between May 11 and October 15 each year, so the museum enables the appeal of cormorant fishing to be discovered even during the off-season.


May 1 - 0ctober 15: open every day (excluding specified dates)
October 16 - April 30: Tuesdays (or the following weekday if Tuesday is a public holiday)

Opening Hours

May 1 - 0ctober 15: 9:00-19:00 (last admission 18:30)
October 16 - April 30: 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)

About the Nagaragawa Ukai Museum (Gifu City Nagaragawa Ukai Denshokan)

<Purpose of the Nagaragawa Ukai Museum>

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River is a proud cultural asset of Gifu City that has evolved in the clear-flowing waters that the Nagara River is naturally blessed with. Through the work of the people who have maintained this tradition, it has continued for over 1300 years. In the present day where mutual existence between humans and nature is sought after, ukai (cormorant fishing) demonstrates a desirable form of interaction between people and nature, which is a feature that will become more and more valuable. This traditional culture is also gaining great interest from people both domestically and internationally in addition to the citizens of Gifu. The Nagaragawa Ukai Museum (Gifu City Nagaragawa Ukai Denshokan) was established as a base for conveying the culture of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River, and with the purpose of contributing to the succession of its culture and the promotion of tourism.

Nagaragawa Ukai Museum

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Introduction of the Culture of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River

Exhibition Halls (1st and 2nd floor of the main building, admission fee required. Enter from the 2nd floor.)

By displaying actual equipment used in Ukai (cormorant fishing), offering a display area with videos and pictures to enable visitors to understand the fishing technique and lifestyles of cormorant fishing masters, and by providing learning programs with explanations from a guide, visitors can easily understand the features of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River.

2nd floor
Bonfire Tunnel

Bonfire Tunnel
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A prologue into a subtle and profound world...
You will be shown the traditions and formalities of the six cormorant fishing masters whose silhouettes are floating in the entranceway.

Nagaragawa Ukai Intoroduction Theater

Nagaragawa Ukai Intoroduction Theater
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The fascination of Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River has been condensed into a display involving a real cormorant fishing boat, video imagery, and sound and lighting effects.

1st floor
Nagaragawa Ukai Imaging System

Layout of main building 1st floor

The interactive imaging system enables visitors to zoom in on the key elements of Nagaragawa Ukai from six different angles.

1st floor
Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Hall
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There are four corners about ukai (cormorant fishing) for you to enjoy - history; cormorant fishing masters; cormorants; ayu (sweetfish) and the Nagara River. The explanations in the hands-on displays in each corner are easy for visitors to understand.

Live Cormorant Exhibition

Live Cormorant Exhibition

A place where you can see the value of this cultural heritage and the cormorants used in ukai (cormorant fishing).

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Nagaragawa Ukai Museum
(Gifu City Nagaragawa Ukai Denshokan)
51-2 Nagara, Gifu City
502-0071, Japan
TEL: +81-58-210-1555
FAX: +81-58-233-6658
MAIL: info@ukaimuseum.jp
[Designated Administrator]
Trinity Ukai Museum
[Representative Constituent Member]
Congress Corporation
[Constituent Member]
Gifu City Public Hall Foundation
[Constituent Member]
NOMURA Co., Ltd.
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