Japan is surrounded by waters, but besides the Pacific Ocean, you can also find plenty of lakes and rivers, all being the home of a whole variety of fish and marine creatures.

Maybe fishing is not the most popular activity in Japan, especially among tourists, but you need to know that it represents an important part of the Japanese culture and there are so many innovative and fun fishing activities that I am sure anyone would love trying out.

Below, I will highlight a few of the most popular spots to experience and have a memorable experience while going angling in Japan.

There are many options to choose from and you will be happy to find out that you can even try it in urban areas!

In the past few years, many people have been enjoying catching their meal, so, restaurants where you hook the fish yourself, have been appearing in big cities, too.

The fishing restaurant Zauo

One of the most famous ones is called Zauo. The fishing restaurant Zauo has quite a few branches nationwide, including the buzzing capital of Japan, Tokyo.

The system of the restaurant goes something like this: you’ve hooked your meal, the staff takes it, prepares it and turns the fish into an outstanding work of art, and serves it to your table.

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Takino Suzuran Hillside Park in Hokkaido

Another relaxing place where you can fish is located in Hokkaido, at the Takino Suzuran Hillside Park.

Hokkaido Prefecture is full of nature, mountain streams, lakes, and has many places you can go for a unique fishing experience.

At Takino Suzuran Hillside Park, you can grill your fish after catching it and have a great time with your family while having lunch.

As Hokkaido is often cooler than other areas in summer, I believe it’s one of the best choices to look for fishing opportunities and just take your time and enjoy the moment.

If you happen to go during winter, I also recommend trying ice-fishing and for me, Lake Shinotsu is the best place to put in practice Hokkaido’s winter tradition.


Fishing at the Lake Kawaguchiko- Fuji-goko/ The Five Lakes Region

Lake Kawaguchiko is one popular spot for fishing bass and also disposes of a spectacular view. Take your time to explore the area and try out new fishing techniques.


By - cinnamonellie.