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Lake Hamana Unique Night Spearfishing



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Explore an ancient sustainability fishing technique and the biodiversity of the brackish water lake from local fishers

Tourism Shizuoka




Thanks to its abundant resources and diverse marine life, local fishers have practiced a traditional night fishing method, known as Takiya-Ryo, on Lake Hamana for over 100 years. 


The Takiya-Ryo method applies nets and spears to capture fish drawn to the lights placed underwater. You will sail on traditional fishing boats at sunset, follow the local fishers to experience their sustainable pristine fishing technique and culture, and learn about a variety of approximately 800 marine species. 
Afterward, you will taste your fresh catch and the feast prepared by your hosts while relaxing on a floating dining raft close to the shore. 




You can also enjoy spectacular views of sunset and stars on the lake and immerse yourself in a traditional way of living. An exclusive stay at a family-run Japanese lakeside inn with a dedicated dock to depart for the night fishing experience is also a plus. Takiya-Ryo operates from May 15 to the end of September depending on the weather condition. 







How to get there


Take Shinkansen from Tokyo, Nagoya, or Osaka to JR Hamamatsu Station, change to JR Tokaido Main Line, and get off at JR Bentenjima Station. The lakeside inn is about 10 minutes on foot from JR Bentenjima Station.


3742 Bentenjima, Maisaka-cho, Nishi-ku, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka-ken



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