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There is a walking trail on the banks of Nagaragawa, a river known as the origin of ukai (cormorant fishing), on which you can explore tourist spots like households of ukai fishermen and the Nagaragawa Ukai Museum. Within this course, we would like to recommend you to stop by Unoiori U, a restaurant run by an usho, an ukai master that performs ukai on Nagaragawa. As this restaurant is adjacent to the ukai household, you have a view on the "u" (cormorants) that are walking freely in the patio while enjoying dishes made with u-ayu (trout caught using u), which is considered a luxury food.
- 94-10 Nagara, Gifu-shi, Gifu
- Contact No.
- Take bus from Gifu Station on JR or Meitetsu lines, get off at Ukaiya and walk 3 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 10:00-16:00 Closed every 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday, Dec 31st-Jan 4th
- Other Information
- *Average budget （per person）: Lunch from 1,000 yen*Menu: Ayu zosui （porridge） 1,000 yen, u-ayu shioyaki 1,000 yen, ayu karaage （deep-fried） 1,000 yen
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Being run by an actual usho （ukai master）, Unoiori U's commitment is towards an usho cuisine that can only be experienced here. Not only can you try the most typical of ayu-cuisine the shioyaki （grilled salty）, but also other ukai-related dishes like the ayu rice porridge, which the usho fishermen eat after their fishing trip.
Shioyaki is a Must for Ayu!
The most popular on the restaurant's menu is ayu cuisine's go-to dish u-ayu shioyaki 1,000yen. Caught instantly with the cormorant's beak, the u-ayu is characteristic for its freshness and the right amount of fattiness that is different from ayu caught in other fishing methods like lines and nets. Although u-ayu is known to be a luxury food, here you can enjoy it at affordable prices because it comes directly from the usho household.
Porridge Filled With Ayu Flavor
Another recommendation is ayu rice porridge （1,000 yen）, known as part of usho cuisine. This dish is made by thoroughly simmering the flavorfully grilled ayu together with rice in an iron pot, only flavoring it with a little salt and soy sauce so that you can fully savor the densely packed taste of ayu.