YamaguchiKintaikyo Cormorant Fishing
The main festival of the summer in Iwakuni is centered on the extraordinary tradition of "ukai" (cormorant fishing). Where fishermen in traditional costume tow wooden boats onto the river at night with a torch placed at the front of each boat to attract the fish - usually ayu (small trout). A cormorant on a leash is used to catch the fish. The bird wades in the water, and once it catches a fish, the fishermen pull the bird in and make extracts the fish. This festival dates back over 370 years.
*This is a seasonal tradition, so please contact us for timing.