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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.