Activities - Nagano Cuisine

Smelt Fishing at Nojiri Lake
Nojiriko Marina : 野尻湖マリーナ

Go Fishing for Smelt on Lake Nojiri.

Northern Nagano


Smelt fishing is a favorite winter pastime in Nagano. For the northern part of the prefecture, Nojiri Lake is one of the most popular locations. The "Northern Nagano 5 Peaks" provide a picturesque backdrop to enjoy while fishing.


Wakasagi (Hypomesus nipponensis -- Japanese smelt) is commonly found in many of Nagano's lakes, and wakasagi fishing tours are offered at several locations. The typical tour consists of riding in boat with a clear plastic sheet dome enclosure in which to keep warm. You fish off the sides of the boat and/or through special holes in the bottom.
Nojiri Lake Marina offers daily wakasagi fishing cruises complete with everything you need including pole, line and bait.


  • 70
  • 10
  • 20 people
Shop hours are 7:00-16:00. Tours depart at 7:30 and return at 15:00. Register at 7:00.
Fishing tours offered daily from November 1 to the 1st Sunday of April, except 31-Dec. and 01-Jan.
Cost / Price of Admission
4,400 (3,700 for fishing tour per person. 700 for 1-day fishing pass). 0 yen for elementary and middle school students. Gear rental is extra.
Time Required
8 hours (7:00 departure, 15:00 return)
Recommended for weekends/ holidays. Telephone with name, contact number, requested date and # of participants.
# of Participants


All signage and instruction is in Japanese, but the staff is willing to assist English speakers. Boat is equipped with toilets and hot water is available, but pack your own lunch. Temperatures on the lake tend to be colder than on land, and weather can change unpredictably, so dress accordingly. All necessary gear is available for rental. For charters, time can be freely arranged.


tel : +81(0)26-258-2629fax : +81(0)26-258-2727Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From Kurohime Station(Kita-Shinano Line), 10 min. by taxi.
By Car
From Shinanomachi IC, take Route 18 north 2.3km to the Nojiriko signal and turn right on to Route 360. Go 2 blocks to the "T" and turn left on to Route 504. Nojiri Lake Marina will be on the right in 200m.
7-3 Nojiri, Shinano, Kamiminochi 389-1303

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