Itoshima Kakigoya – Oyster Hut Guide 2015

Kakigoya – Oyster Huts
The coastline of Itoshima is dotted with small fishing ports. At some of these, you might see round-shaped, 50 meter long structures similar to the those used to grow vegetables and flowers on farmland. So what are they doing by the sea? These are kakigoya (oyster huts) where from November to late March, Fukuoka locals gather to barbecue fresh oysters and other seafood. The outer shell of the structures are made of vinyl or similar synthetic and are also referred to as “Vinyl Houses”, but we’ll stick with the term kakigoya.

How do they work?
They are mostly run by family-owned small fisheries or local restaurants and their simple and casual atmosphere accounts for much of their charm and appeal. Most have rows of low tables, each outfitted with barbecues which are fueled by charcoal or gas. We prefer the charcoal barbecues for the complete rustic experience!

The huts accommodate between 30~300 persons. There’s usually a reception counter and fish tanks close to the entrance. This is where you put your name on a list to get a table and where you pick all the necessities, including cotton gloves, tongs, shucking knife, sauces and, of course, trays of fresh oysters. Most huts offer other seafood and simple side dishes. Menus and prices for those can be found both outside and posted inside on the walls.

On weekends, they can be very busy and there are often lines to get in. Go early (before 11:00) and line up or, even better, go on a weekday to beat the crowds. Some huts allow you to bring in food and drinks; however, each hut has different rules so please confirm before doing so. Some patrons bring in their own sauces, some even bring bottles of wine – but remember to ask in advance.

It’s pretty much all self-serve. You barbecue everything yourself. There are some tricks to learn, such as which side of the oyster to put on the grill first (flat side up) and how long to wait before rotating the shells. The friendly staff are happy to demonstrate. The oysters will pop open from the heat. Then, use the supplied knives to pry them open further.

Apply your favorite sauce or seasoning (or nothing at all!) and slide a plump one into your mouth. Oooooooh oysters!

Prices and Policies
Oyster prices change depending upon the volume harvested. Currently, oysters are priced at ¥1,000/kilo at all huts.

Table charge: There’s normally a ¥300 charge for charcoal or gas (regardless of number sitting at a single table). Large groups using more than one table must pay the fee per table.

Grilling other foods: Most huts offer other seafood for grilling, which you can buy and grill. Some huts allow customers to bring extras foods, sauces and even drinks. But this should not be overdone, nor should you grill any food not purchased from the hut. ALWAYS clarify such points before you sit at your table.

Hints & Tips!
• It can get smoky inside the huts. Keep that in mind when deciding what to wear!
• When the oysters pop open they sometimes squirt seawater which can be hot and stain clothes. Some huts provide windbreakers to wear for protection.
• The huts close their doors when they run out of oysters, which could be mid-afternoon on a busy day.
• Most huts have temporary toilet facilities. Adequate, but not special, and most likely not barrier free.
• Oysters are available for take out. Bring a suitable bag or cooler. Share with friends back home.
• Most huts have a 1.5hr maximum seating time.
• There is always plenty of free parking.
• If you go by taxi, consider asking the driver for his suggestions on where to go.
• If you go by car, be sure NOT to drink and drive.

Location
There are several ports in Itoshima where kakigoya can be found. Here are some of the main ones in Itoshima – plus Karadomari, which is actually located within the Fukuoka City boundaries on the way to Itoshima on route #54.

Access

By car (from Fukuoka)
Exit the Maebaru Interchange of the Fukuoka Maebaru Doro, Nishikyushu Expressway. From there it’s about a 15~20 minute drive to Kafuri, Funakoshi and Kishi. Fukuyoshi is a bit further and will take about 30 minutes. To get to Karadomori it’s best to stay on route #54 and hug Hakata Bay. It’s about 15 minutes from Imajuku Intersection.

By train (from Fukuoka)
For Kafuri, Funakoshi and Kishi, the closest train station is Chikuzen-Maebaru on the JR Chikuhi line, which connects directly with Fukuoka City Subway Line #1 (Kuko Line). It takes about 30 minutes from Tenjin. Use the North exit of the station and if you are going to Kafuri, Funakoshi or Kishi take a taxi. It will take about 15~20 minutes by taxi. To reach Fukuyoshi, get off at Fukuyoshi Station.

Showa Taxi: 092-322-2234 or 0120-408-365
Worker’s Corp Taxi: 0120-84-8660
Nishinihon Taxi: 092-322-2233

If you are going to Fukuyoshi, get off the train at Fukuyoshi. From there, it is approximately 10 minutes on foot to the huts.

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* Areas listed in order of proximity to Fukuoka City.

Please note: Some oyster huts will be closed for specific days during the New Year holiday period. Please contact individual huts by phone before visiting.

Area #1 Kishi (岐志)
Address (J): 福岡県糸島市志摩岐志
Address (E): Kishi, Shima, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 13
• Toyohisa-maru (豊久丸)
• Ebisu-maru (恵比須丸)
• Tokuei-maru (徳栄丸)
• Noburin (のぶりん)
• Nakamiya-maru (中宮丸)
• Daiei-maru (大栄丸)
• Daikoku-maru (大黒丸)
• Kouei-maru (高栄丸)
• Yoshimura (吉村)
• Nisshin-maru (日進丸)
• Fuji-maru (冨士丸)
• Okazaki Kyokusei (岡崎旭星)
• Kouchan (こうちゃん 弘進丸)

Area #2 Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Address (J): 福岡県糸島市志摩船越103
Address (E): 103 Funakoshi, Shima, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 7
• Miwachan (みわちゃん)
• Horyou-maru (豊漁丸)
• Maruhachi (マルハチ)
• Hattoriya (服部屋)
• Senryu-maru (千龍丸)
• Kenchan Kaki (ケンちゃんカキ)
• Mokkun (かきハウスもっくん)

Area #3 Kafuri (加布里漁港)
Address (J): 福岡県糸島市加布里1105-6
Address (E): 1105-6 Kafuri, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 2
• Sumiyoshi-maru (住吉丸)
• Hirochan Aki-maru (ひろちゃん 亜季丸)

Area #4 Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Address (J): 福岡県糸島市二丈福井6067-7
Address (E): 6067-7 Fukui, Nijo, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 4
• Shinei-maru (伸栄丸)
• Umemoto (カキの梅本/白山丸)
• Hiryu-maru (飛龍丸)
• Masuda (ますだ)

Area #5 Karadomari (唐泊)
Address (J): 福岡県福岡市西区小田池ノ浦海づり公園
Address (E): Umizuri Park, Ikenourajisaki, Koda, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 1
• Ebisu (恵比須)
• Opens on 11/1.

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HUT GUIDE
Name of hut: Toyohisa-maru (豊久丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-1975-2915
Time: 10:00~17:00 (16:00 last entry)
Closed: irregular
Period: Oct. ~ early Mar.
Capacity: 130 people
Reservations: weekdays: accepted, on weekends & holidays, not usually accepted
Comment: Grilled boarfish marinated with saikyo-miso (¥880) is a recommended extra order with oysters.
• Prime big oyster fry (3p) ¥780
Website: http://toyohisamaru.com/

Name of hut: Ebisu-maru (恵比須丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7151-5975
Time: 10am~ 17:00, or when sold out.
Closed: irregular
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Free one bowl of kaki miso soup per person with other food order (weekdays only). Also recommended. Ebisu-gunkan (oyster inside a sushi gunkan roll) too!
Website: http://kakigoya.org/ebisu-maru.html

Name of hut: Tokuei-maru (徳栄丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-4355-5634
Time: 10:00~17:00, or when sold out.
Closed: irregular *call to confirm schedule for new years
Period: Oct. ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Yes *Busy time on weekends could be unavailable
Comment: You can order the set menu for ¥3,600~ (2kg of oysters, sazae x 2p, sausage x 2p, sardines, oyster rice x 2, bean sprouts butter / can share with 2~3 persons). English menu is available, and there’s a kids’ menu too!
Website: http://tokueimaru.com/

Name of hut: Noburin (のぶりん)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7383-9558
Time: 10:00~16:00 (weekdays), 9:00~sold out (weekends)
Closed: Fri., Hol. 12/31~1/4
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 80 people (21 tables)
Reservations: Yes (weekdays only)
Comment: Those who aren’t too fond of oysters can enjoy offerings of scallops, crab, and sausages. New additions to the menu include ikura don and anago don (each ¥400).
Website: http://kakinonoburin.com/index.html

Name of hut: Nakamiya-maru (中宮丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7450-6009
Time: 10:00~16:00 (weekdays) 9:00~17:00 (weekends) *Last ently: one hour before close
Closed: Tue., Hol. 12/31~ about 1 week
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 160 people (27 tables)
Reservations: Yes (Weekdays only)
Comment: You can bring in your own drinks and small side dishes (not permitted to grill side dishes on the hibachi). Cheese, Mayo and other toppings available from ¥50. Oyster fried rice (chahan) ¥400.
Website: http://nakamiyamaru.net/

Name of hut: Daiei-maru (大栄丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-4588-7068
Time: 10:00~16:00 *12/31~1/2 (irregular, call first)
Closed: Thu.
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people 24 tables
Reservations: Limited
Comment: Their seafood hotpot is a popular side order.
Set menu ¥2,000 ~ ¥3,000 including oyster, squid, scallop, oyster rice, etc.
Toppings are permitted to be brought in.
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40020894/

Name of hut: Daikoku-maru (大黒丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-5931-9893
Time: 10:00~17:00 *16:00 last entry
Closed: 1/1, 12/31 may also be closed depending on stock *Call in advance to confirm.
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 120 people (28 tables)
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Rice and drinks are permitted to be brought in (but not permitted to grill on the hibachi). They’re proud of their extensive side menu order and recommend kuruma ebi (prawns), or tuna gills to grill alongside your oysters. Only ¥600 for one whole anago (conger eel).
• Fresh (live) scallop – the only hut in Kishi to offer these! Just ¥300 each.
• Hamaguri (¥500)
• Fried oysters (¥1,000)
• Free toppings: Soy sauce, ponzu, salt, ichimi, momiji oroshi, mayonnaise
• Website: http://www.daikokumaru.com/

Name of hut: Kouei-maru (高栄丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-6290-0817
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: Wed.
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people / 20 tables
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Oysters and vegetables grilled together in foil is their specialty. Drink beer from a special glass that’ll keep your drink cold by the hot fire. New menu: Oyster soup ¥150, Crab shell gratin ¥250, sausage ¥150, Oyster & kimuchi chanchan-yaki ¥600. Drinks & rice can be brought in.
Website: http://kakigoya.org/koei-maru.html

Name of hut: Yoshimura (吉村)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 092-328-2675
Time: 7:00~18:00
Closed: irregular weekdays, Hol. 12/23~1/5
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 15 people
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Only oysters served here. On weekends, they offer extra oysters for families with small children. You can bring in your own sauces, small side dishes and drinks.

Name of hut: Nisshin-maru (日進丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 080-2757-0306
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. 12/28 ~1/6
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 35 seats *another 25 can sit outside in good weather / 11~16 tables
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Many other seafood menu items available. Enjoy natural black awabi for half price the price compared to Fukuoka City / 100g ¥1,000 (available from 2015~) . And there are two flush toilets (this is an exclusive service!). In the good weather, pets are welcome to guests at tables outside.
Website: http://nissinmaru1503.wix.com/seaview

Name of hut: Fuji-maru (冨士丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 080-5249-3824
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. 12/31~1/2 (plan)
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 110 people / 22 tables
Reservations: OK
Comment: Kaki cheese fondue (¥200) and Kaki gratin (¥350) available!
• Kaki pizza (¥800)
• Awabi
Website: http://itomirai.web.fc2.com/simanet/fujimaru.htm

Name of hut: Okazaki Kyokusei (岡崎旭星)
Area: Kishi (岐志漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-1734
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 50 people
Reservations: No
Comment: Oyster rice and kuruma-ebi.
Website: http://kyokusei.net

Name of hut: Kouchan (こうちゃん 弘進丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志漁港)
Tel.: 090-9425-6620
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: irregular
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 80 people / 16 tables
Comment: Oyster fry (¥600), extra foods and drinks can be brought in except those which use the hibachi.

Name of hut: Miwachan (みわちゃん)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-0222 / 090-5282-6932
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. (New Years period is undecided)
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 200 people
Reservations: No
Comment: One of the largest huts in the area.
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40021601/

Name of hut: Horyou-maru (豊漁丸)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 090-5922-4802 or 092-328-0858
Time: 10:00~18:00 (L.O. at 17:00)
Closed: irregular, New Years
Period: Nov. ~ May (around Golden Week)
Capacity: 30 tables (each table can seat 8 persons) / 240 people
Reservations: Better to call
Comment: Kawahagi or aji sashimi (ikizukuri) ¥1,600~ is their speciality.
Website: http://horyoumarusuisan.jp/

Name of hut: Maruhachi (マルハチ)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-2848 080-5249-7714
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, 1/1~1/2
Period: Nov.~ Apr.
Capacity: 150 people / 40 tables
Reservations: Yes (weekdays only)
Comment: Ask to try their homemade flan ¥280! Negitoro-don is also recommended. Also: Sashimi Nanbanzuke or soy sauce-zuke *zuke = pickled, compact donburi of negitoro, uni, ikura ¥600~, Fan lobster ¥1,000 / 6 pieces (2~3). Toppings, rice, and drinks are allowed to be brought in.
Website: http://maruhachi-kaki.com/

Name of hut: Hattoriya (服部屋)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-8413-9191
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O. at 16:00)
Closed: Irregular
Period: Oct. ~ Mar.
Capacity: 320 people
Reservations: Weekdays only
Comment: Kaisen-don ¥700 – freshly caught fish (+¥100 miso soup). Drinks and rice can be brought in.
Website: http://www.hattoriya.com/

Name of hut: Senryu-maru (千龍丸)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-3079-0045
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, 1/1
Period: Oct. ~ middle of Apr.
Capacity: 200 people / 31 tables
Reservations: Ok
Comment: tai-chazuke ¥500, oyster fry ¥500, oyster rice ¥200. Drinks and rice can be brought in.

Name of hut: Shouei (正栄)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 092-328-1701 / 090-5724-1717
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: 1/1
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 200 people (approx.)
Reservations: Calls taken from 11:00 onwards
Comment: Free coffee and shishamo available (weekdays only)!
Website: http://www.kaki-shoei.com/

Name of hut: Kenchan Kaki (ケンちゃんカキ)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-3077-0888
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: 1/1
Period: Oct. ~ Apr.
Capacity: 180 people / 30 tables
Reservations: Weekdays: 10:10~20:00
Comment: angler fry ¥600, anago ¥800, fresh uni ¥500 (12/21~), hirame sashimi (1/20~)
Website: http://www.kenchan-kaki.info/

Name of hut: Mokkun (かきハウスもっくん)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 080-2798-3022 / 092-328-1773
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, 1/1
Period: Oct. ~ middle of Apr.
Capacity: 200 people / 30 tables
Reservations: Weekdays only
Comment: Garlic chahan (fried rice) ¥400, kaisen (sashimi) don ¥350~600, oyster fry. Drinks and rice can be brought in.
Website: http://www.kakihouse-mokkun.com/

Name of hut: Sumiyoshi-maru (住吉丸)
Area: Kafuri (加布里漁港)
Tel.: 092-323-0325
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. 12/31~1/9
Period: Nov. ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 120 people
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Oyster shumai ¥200/each and oyster tempura. And their Kafuri hamaguri are some of tastiest hamaguri in Japan!
Website: http://kafuri.com/kaki/

Name of hut: Hirochan-kaki (ひろちゃんカキ)
Area: Kafuri (加布里漁港)
Tel.: 090-5295-3020
Time: 09:00~*Until oysters are sold out
Closed: irregular, open everyday in Dec. Hol. 12/31~1/3. From Jan.
Period: Nov. ~ end Mar.
Capacity: 120 people
Reservations: OK (by the day before)
Comment: They offer set menus including oysters and other seafood (¥2,000~¥3,000). They also serve fugu, Matou tai ¥300, Natural Kafuri hamaguri ¥1,200~ / basket, and Crab miso soup ¥250
Website: http://www.hirochankaki.com/ / http://ameblo.jp/hirochankaki/

Name of hut: Shinei-maru / Sasaki (伸栄丸 佐々木)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 092-326-6697
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. 1/1
Period: Nov. ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 100 people / 40 tables
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Grilled noble scallop, kuruma-ebi, hamaguri, squid, dried fish. All kinds of food except those on the menu are allowed to brought in. Drinks, rice ok too.
Website: http://shineimaru-sasaki.com/

Name of hut: Umemoto (カキの梅本/白山丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 090-2081-5238
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: irregular *12/29~1/5 (approx.)
Period: Nov ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 60 people / 12 + 3 (outside) tables
Reservations: Yes
Comment: You can bring in your own sauces, small side dishes and drinks. Any food except meat / sausages can be brought in.

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Name of hut: Hiryu-maru (飛龍丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 090-1923-2548
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: irregular, Hol. 1/1
Period: Nov. ~
Capacity: 100 people / 21 tables
Reservations: Yes
Comment: Whole squid served which you cut with scissors by yourself, plus fresh live kuruma-ebi to grill.
Website: http://kakigoya.org/hiryu-maru.html

Name of hut: Masuda (ますだ)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 092-326-5262 / 090-3602-8902
Time: 9:00~17:00
Closed: irregular
Period: Nov. ~ Apr.
Capacity: 150 people / 40 tables
Reservations: Yes *weekends: ~11:30
Comment: Tsurume grilled and served with mayonnaise is a popular dish here, or try the grilled scallops. Hamaguri, fan lobster (Jan. ~). Free toppings: ponzu, soy sauce, mayo, margarine, ichimi, lemon. If you travelled by JR train, tell the staff “I came by train” and each person in your group gets a glass of beer (weekdays only)!
Web: http://kakinomasuda.com

Name of hut: Ebisu (恵比須)
Area: Karadomari (唐泊)
Tel.: 092-809-1047
Time: 11:00~17:00 (weekdays), ~18:00 (weekends & holidays)
Closed: Thu. *Hol.: New Years
Period: Nov. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 300 people (about 80 tables)
Reservations: No
Comment: Ebisu is the only hut at Karadomari, AND the only place where you can try the award-winning Karadomari Ebisu Oysters. This is a different kind of oyster from those farmed in nearby Itoshima. This year’s oysters are really tasty and big, and oyster tsukudani is a recommended side dish.
Website: http://fukuokashigyokyo.com/ichi/ebisu.html

NOTE: The information presented here was originally gathered and summarized by Fukuoka Now staff in October 2015. Most photographs were taken in 2012 and some huts may appear different now. While we have done our best to be accurate in the update, some errors in translation may have occurred. Also, the huts are mostly operated by families or small businesses and their hours of operation and services change frequently. We suggest you call them in advance to confirm details. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us and we’ll update this report. Now go and enjoy Itoshima’s fabulous seafood!

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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. Most photographs were taken in 2012 and some huts may appear different now. Also, the huts are mostly operated by families or small businesses and their hours of operation and services change frequently. We suggest you call them in advance to confirm details. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Oct. 2015.

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