Eel Catching & “Kabayaki” BBQ Experience by Lake Hamana

Open year-round.

  • Sports/Outdoor
  • Japanese Culture

Lake Hamana near Hamamatsu city is famous across Japan for its excellent-quality freshwater eel. Full of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, they have long been regarded as a healthy yet tasty seafood and were eaten in the past by samurai to improve their stamina.

In this experience, you will have a go at fishing for Lake Hamana’s famous eels in a local fishing style that involves catching them with your bare hands in a dedicated eel pool. They’re a slippery hold but don’t worry, it does get easier!

After the fishing activity, you will then move to the BBQ area. There you will wear classic Japanese happi coats and cook your eels in the traditional Japanese kabayaki-style. Kabayaki is a method of cooking unagi eel, where the fish is split down its back, gutted, butterflied, and filleted before being placed on skewers. It is then dipped in a sweet soy-sauce-based marinade before being grilled on a BBQ or grill. For this activity you will have your kabayaki-style eel on a bed of fresh Japanese sticky rice.

After cooking, you will then sit down to enjoy your creations, as well as other dishes made using seafood from Lake Hamana, as a tasty lunch.
• Nationally-licensed tour guide
• Private Transportation Fee
• Hotel pick-up & drop-off
• Use of facilities and equipment
• Two freshwater eel per person
• Ingredients for Kabayaki eel cooking
• Any additional food or shopping expenses


Date & Time10:00~13:00
Required Time3 hours
Max. Number of Participants2 people or more
Prices19,800 yen/group + 8,250 yen/person
LocationLake Hamana (Hamamatsu)
Foreign Language SupportInterpreter Available
Cancellation PolicyIf you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation rates and remittance charges will be charged.
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program date: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program date: 50 % of the program fee
(3) 1 day before the program date: 100 % of the program fee

Additional Notes

◆ Please note that this activity must have a minimum of 2 participants.
◆ Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any religious/health restrictions, allergies, or if you would like to request any special care for participants (including children).
◆ Our services are mainly offered in English. Other languages ​​(including Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian) are also available. If you would like to request this tour in a language other than English, please inquire at as soon as possible.
◆ Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accidents caused by disregard of the instructions.
◆ Our business hours are from 9:00am to 6:00pm on weekdays. For inquiries received outside of business hours, we will look into them and respond on the next business day.

Note: The booking deadline for this program is 1:00pm 3 business days (Japan Standard Time) prior to the program.
When booking after this deadline, please email us at
Please note that any programs booked after the deadline without an inquiry will not be guaranteed.
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