Summer -Japan's Number One Peaches and Cormorant Fishing-

 

Peaches fed by the clear water of the Fuefuki River and the legend of the birth of cormorant fishing.

 

Cormorant fishing at Fuefuki River


Cormorant fishing at Fuefuki River, from which the town takes its name. It is a rare form of cormorant fishing, where a fisherman walks through the water, handling a single bird. It is also called 'kachi-u', meaning 'walking cormorant'. It has more than 800 years of history.

 
 

Fuefuki River and Isawa Onsen hot spring fireworks festival


Colorful fireworks reflected on the Fuefuki River. Fireworks shows are held every day for a month during summer. The last day is called Isawa Onsen Hot Spring Firework Festival, at which 10,000 fireworks light up the night sky.

 
 

Okuri-bi fire lights up the night sky


Kai Ichinomiya Daimonji-yaki is one of the four biggest such festivals in the Kyotou region, where giant bonfires in the shape of a Japanese language character are lit on the mountain side. It has been a familiar sight during the Bon holidays since the Edo period. At 8 p.m. on the 16th of August every year, the character ‘大', meaning ‘great’ can be seen burning on the side of Okubo Mountain.

 
 

Takigi-noh


Isawa-cho in Fuefuki City is the birthplace of a classic Noh play, 'Ukai' (cormorant fisherman). Hearing the word 'Ukai', many people think of the Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture; however, in the world of Noh, it is synonymous with the cormorant fisherman of Isawa-cho of Fuefuki River.

*Though this play was originally performed outside on summer nights, only lit by bonfires and fire torches, the town performs it in the hall venue in October.

 

Pick your own peaches


Fuefuki City boasts of being the number one producer of peaches in Japan in terms of volume. The harvest time varies from the end of June to the end of August according to the variety and visitors can enjoy a ‘pick your own’ fruit experience in many orchards in and around the town.

 

Hikawa-hakuho


Ripens early in the season, second after only Hanayome, among the Hakuho varieties. Since the fruits are grown without individual protection bags, the skin may be slightly rough, but considering its very early maturation, it is very sweet and has an excellent flavor due to the direct sun.

Misaka-hakuho


A ‘bud sport’ of Hakuho. As the name suggests, it was developed and registered in Misaka-cho in Yamanashi Prefecture. The fruit is large, sweet, and juicy. Harvest time starts from early July.

Hakuho


Discovered as a bud sport of Asama-hakuto. Early in the season and on the market from early July. This very popular variety is large, has a high sugar content and is less fibrous. Its flesh gives a melting sensation in the mouth, but is easily bruised.

 

Asama-hakuto


A relatively early variety among the white peaches that can be harvested in mid-July. The most popular peach, large in size with densely textured flesh and deep, really peachy taste.

Ichinomiya-hakuto


Matures late in the season, is harvested from early August, but is as juicy as the early varieties with white sweet flesh. This is a cultivar chosen from the trial that led to the introduction of white flesh peaches to Ichinomiya-cho.

Kimiko


Matures late in the season among the white peaches. A large and voluminous fruit, even bigger than Asama-hakuto, with firm and slightly fibrous flesh which is very sweet.