MAZE RIVER & AYU
Maze River & Ayu (sweetfish) Located in the middle of Gifu prefecture in central Japan, over 95% of the land in Maze village in Gero city is covered by forests. Forests provide a great source of water, making the Maze River the best fishing place for river fish, especially, ayu (sweetfish).
MAZE’S FAMOUS SALT-GRILLED AYU.
Variety of ayu dishes are served in regional cuisine restaurants and hotels around the Maze area. The most popular one is none other than the salt-grilled ayu. The entire fish is slightly salted, while a generous amount is pressed onto the head, backfin and tail. It is then skewered and grilled over a charcoal fire. Ayu in the Maze River has dense flesh with a distinct sweet aroma.
River fish dishes, including Hoba Sushi.
The mountain village of Maze has a bountiful food culture that can be experienced through innumerable dishes, including salt-grilled sweetfish and hobazushi, sushi ingredients wrapped in a magnolia leaf. A local take on miso incorporates barley koji, a fermentation known for its gentle, sweet flavor, and dishes are often accompanied by a rich variety of pickled vegetables.
FISHING ON THE MAZE RIVER BY TORCHLIGHT
At night, watch the fishermen on the Maze River use a traditional fishing method in which the sweetfish are driven into nets with torchlight and fire. Viewing this mesmerizing traditional technique in action only enhances one’s appreciation of the salt-grilled fish.