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Nagara Canal

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Domestic water
Max. intake: approx. 3m³/s (Water supply population: approx. 440,000)
Benefited Area
Aichi Pref.
Handa City, Tokoname City, Tokai City, Chita City, Agui Town, Higashiura Town, Minamichita Town,Mihama Town, Taketoyo Town
Water intake facilities (Intake Works)
Installed culverts (4.6m wide X 3.8m high, 3 in parallel, Length= approx. 78m)
Sluice pipe (2.8m wide X 3.8m high, 3 in parallel, Length= approx 39m)
Junction well ( pipe 1,350 mm in diameter, Length= approx. 20m)
Fish entry prevention equipment
Canal (pipe canal Length= approx. 4.8km)
Completion 1997
Details Nagara Canal is the facility to intake max. amount of 2.86m³/s of flowing water which became available at Nagaragawa Estuary Barrage thanks to the Nagaragawa Estuary Barrage project as part of the Kiso River system water resources development plan and then convey to Yatomi Pumping Station which is run by Aichi Prefectural Government. The purpose of this project was to supply domestic water to Chita Region of Aichi Prefecture and construction was complete in 1997 and the management operations started in April 1998.
Gamaccho and friends
Mizuharu, Mizuri and Mizuzo


Kuwana City, Mie Pref.
Phone No.
Fax No.
*Kisogawa Canal Integrated Operation and maintenance Office


Approx.10 min. by walking from Nagashima sta. of JR Kansai Main Line or Kintetsu Railway Nagoya Line

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Wajyu no Sato/Kaizu Town Historical Folklore Museum
Kaizu Town Historical Folklore MuseumThree major rivers (Kiso River, Ibi River and Nagara River) are running down toward Ise Bay and there are many small lowland areas of zero meter above sea level surrounded by those main rivers. Each community built the high levees around the community to prote their individual lowland from the possible flood. This is the start of "Wajyu", literally meaning surroundings in a circle. The history dates back to Edo Period, as floods ocurred frequently during the flood season from June to October. Those two museums display the equipment and tools for the ways to prevent the flood attack and many convenient items to efficiently live in those communities. It is worthwhile to visit and learn with your own eys how peole struggled to beat the flood.
Photo by "Kaizu Town Historical Folklore Museum" HP
See more ->Wajyu no Sato (Only Japanese site)
Kaizu Town Historical Folklore Museum


Opening of cormorant fishing [11 May]
Every year on 11 May, the cormorant fishing event is held to pray for the safe and good fishing process during the entire fishing season. In the evening, when the darkness prevails, event-observation boats surround the cormorant fishing boats, and become ready to watch the spectacular sight. Dram beating performance and fireworks encourage and pray for a good start of the fishing season in a more vibrant mood.
Photo by "Gifu Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River" HP
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Nagara River Takigi Noh
(The evening of traditional cultural theatrical play of Nagaragawa Torch light "Noh" Performance) [August]
This is the annual traditional cultural event in summer-"Noh" play and "Kyogen" (traditional short comedic drama) performed on a specially set stage extended toward the Nagara River bed. With pitch black Mt. Kinkasan and illuminated Gifu Castle on top on the mountain on the background, the boat with a professional cormorant fisherman on board approaches the specially designated stage in the middle of the river, then a part of the bonfire is transferred and another bonfire on the play stage is ignited, then subtle and profound world of Noh emerges on Nagara River. It's the start of SHOWTIME.
Photo by "Gifu Convention and Visitors Bureau" HP
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Gifu Nobunaga Festival [First Sat. through Sun. of October]
Gifu Nobunaga Festival is held from first Sat. through Sun. of October every year and is one of the famous festivals held in Gifu City. As Oda Nobunaga, first feudal lord who tried to unite and govern the entire Japan, started his movement from Gifu Castle, the people of Gifu are still proud of him and in memory of his attempt, hold the festive event every year, including warriors procession and musical band parade on the main street, and a memorial ceremony at Soufukuji Temple, which is Oda Nobunaga's family temple, all of which attract visitors to this city every year.
Photo by "Gifu Convention and Visitors Bureau" HP
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