Gone Fishin’ In The Heart of Tokyo

This might sound like a very strange question for many people, but have you ever fished in the heart of a metropolis, right between all the skyscrapers and business districts? Well, if your answer is no but the idea surely intrigues you, you might want to consider going to Ichigaya Fishing Centre in Tokyo’s Kanda district.

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Kentaro Ohno
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Fishing is deep-rooted in Japanese culture and fishing trips to the countryside are quite popular during the weekends and holidays, but for those living in the heart of Tokyo or for those who do not really want to have to go out of the city, Ichigaya Fishing Centre is an amazing alternative. The centre is located on the Kanda River and divides a small stretch of it in several sections filled with full-sized carps as well as a small goldfish pond for small children.

As a complete novice, removing the hook from the carp`s mouth was far more difficult than I imagined making that goldfish pond very attractive, but luckily one of my friendly neighbours helped me out. The ponds are plentifully filled with carp so you can easily catch about three to five carps within the hour and the bait you are given is also more than enough. There are nets stocked at the entrance of the docks for you to use freely and you will need to use them to wield in these large carps. However, do mind that although it is ok to leave them in the net you are required to release your caught fish when you are done fishing?

It is a great experience to enjoy for both beginners and experienced fishermen as people will gladly help you out if needed. The establishment has been around for 50 years already and apart from the ponds also stocks carefully selected tropical fish, aquatic plants and breeding supplies. Amongst Tokyo’s fishing enthusiasts Ichigaya Fishing Centre is one of their go-to places to get some of their essential supplies.



Name: Ichigaya Fishing Centre (北野天滿宮)
Address: 162-0843 Tokyo, Shinjuku 市谷田町1-1
Opening hours: 9:30-20:00

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