Our Visit at Murakami, Nunobe River in Niigata, Japan
It was always our son’s idea to go fishing, and the nearest fishing location to our place is the Yanaba Murakami Nunobe River. You need to have a car to reach this place. It takes almost two hours of travel from our home before we reach the river in Niigata Japan that still practices the traditional way of catching fish. The “Yana-ba” method began about 400 years ago back to the Edo period when a Japanese man constructed a place for irrigating rice fields. Then it evolved during 1633 which sought to find ways to catch the swimming fish nearby the sand pool. A Japanese man used to go on the river and set up a trapping apparatus to catch the fish. The name of the fish that they usually catch from the river is Ayu fish (sweetfish). The Yanaba is a method of fishing used to put the scaffolding made of
We arrived at the Nunobe river around 12 noon in the afternoon. The entrance is free. With clean comfort room in the area and a place for parking the car. We decided to eat first right after we arrived at the River. We bought onigiri from the convenient store we passed by on the way to the Nunobe river. There is a store operating just near-by the river but the store sells very minimal items. The store specialty is selling grilled Ayu fish. Mineral water is available in the store too.
One Ayu fish sells at 600 Yen. Cottages are free for visitors. We don’t know where they caught the Ayu fish that they are selling, but maybe they are catching fish from the Nunobe river as well as long as they do have a license to operate fishing at the river.
We noticed that the fish trapped from the Yana-ba are still in the small and medium sizes.
The wooden box for trapped live fish. Inside are
Our lunch is so simple yet so memorable as we enjoy the beautiful mountainous view of the river. We enjoyed as well the refreshing air of the riverside.
There is a safe place to go swimming as well if visitors want to have a bath in the river, but the water is so cold even in July, the summer season in Japan.
The surroundings of the river are full of trees that are so pleasant to the eyes. You can also feel the fresh air. We visited the river during weekdays, so there are very few tourists in the area.
We left the Nunobe River at 2PM. When we are just a few meters away from the Nunobe river, we saw a group of monkeys crossing the road.
Overall everyone enjoyed our experience of visiting the Nunobe river. Kids learned a lot about the traditional way of catching fish in Japan. Experience the unique style of eating together beside the river while watching the beautiful forested view of Japan.I cant wait to explore more of Japans traditional unique way of living.