World first Tenkara only fishing area?

Is Okorogawa, Nikko City, Japan catch and release Tenkara zone the first Tenkara only fishing area? I’ve never heard of anywhere that is limited strictly to Tenkara. I definitely am adding this to my need to go location list. I’m not really in favor of creating areas that limit fishing style other than fly and artificial, but it’s still neat that it’s Tenkara exclusive.

This rule is particularly funny:

Do NOT bring a rod with a reel to the zone.


I just read about that today on LinkedIn. Very cool.

Paul Gaskell and JP run a Tenkara only syndicate in the Peak District National Park in the UK


Awesome didn’t know about that one. I guess there is also another Tenkara only zone in Japan as well, so that makes three I know of.