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Aug 24
Grilling the fish

Uono River Ayu Festival

A festival dedicated to the local river's specialty

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Sakato Bridge Riverbank, Muikamachi When: Monday - Aug 24th 2020 ,  10:00am - 5:00pm

The Uono River in Niigata is a tributary of the Shinano River - Japan's longest and widest river - and is also a popular spot for fishing. One of the most prolific catches here is ayu, or sweet fish, which you will often see at festival events across Japan. The fish are skewered, salted and grilled, and are regularly deemed as one of the country's tastiest fish when served this way.

The Uono River Ayu Festival is a chance to enjoy these fish alongside a few mugs of ice-cold beer - the perfect antidote to the heat and humidity of the Japanese summer months. Even if you're not a fan of fish or beer, the event has a host of other festival food to enjoy and games for children to partake in.

Getting there

The Uono River Sweetfish Festival is held on the Uono riverbank by the Sakato Bridge in Muikamachi. The bridge is approximately a ten minute walk from JR Muikamachi Station.

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Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!

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Elena Lisina 4 months ago
I wonder how to eat this fish - together with head and bones?
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
I should try!!! :D
Sherilyn Siy 4 months ago
I think this is the one fish that looks worse than it actually tastes!
Kim B Author 4 months ago
I chuckled at this because I agree! Poor ayu - not the most photogenic little creatures haha!
Lynda Hogan 4 months ago
I must give it a try again. The last time, I have to admit, I wasn't that taken with it!!
Lynda Hogan 4 months ago
Haha! Kampai!
Lynda Hogan 4 months ago
I must give it a try again. The last time, I have to admit, I wasn't that taken with it!!
Elizabeth S 4 months ago
Grilled ayu and beer is summer in Japan.
Kim B Author 4 months ago
It definitely evokes those feelings!