鮎解禁:今日から千曲川が賑やかになる Chikuma River’s Gonna Be Crowded: Ayu Season Starts Today


今日から川に入っています。

今朝五時に花火が上がった: 千曲川の鮎釣りが始まりましたとの事。お昼に川を見に行ったら、友釣りの方はやはり多かった。午前中は雨が軽く降ったが、午後から天気が晴れてきて、鮎釣りの皆さんがきっと楽しんでいるでしょう。釣り終わったら、どうぞ、戸倉上山田温泉のお湯でお疲れを取ってください。

戸倉上山田温泉河畔にある川萬寿というつけばで鮎料理は今日から始まりました。コースはお1人で2625円から5250円まであります。営業時間は11:00~15:00(又は予約のみで17:00~20:00)でTel(026)275-0019です。

We were woken up this morning at 5am by the sound of fireworks going off. They marked the start of the ayu fishing season on the Chikuma River. This afternoon, I went down to the river, and sure enough, there were lots of fishermen enjoying the sunny weather and the cool waters of the Chikuma.

Ayu fishing is a unique style of fishing. The ayu river fish tends to be territorial and chases away potential competitors for their territory. So the fishermen use a style called “tomo-tsuri”. They use an insanely long pole with a live fish attached to the end of the line. Then they wade into the river and dangle the fish into the current. When an ayu comes to chase it away, it gets caught on the hook behind the bait fish.

Fresh-caught ayu is typically prepared by being rubbed in salt and grilled. But at one of the many “tsukeba” fish shacks along the Chikuma River, you can get a multi-course meal serving ayu cooked in a variety of ways. Here in Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, there is a tsukeba called Senmasu, and they offer ayu meals from 2,625 to 5,250 yen per person, tax included. Hours are from 11am to 3pm, and 5pm to 8pm with reservation. Tel(026)275-0019. Or you can call us here at Kamesei and we would be glad to provide assistance in English — Tel(026)275-0132.






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