Itoshima Kakigoya – Oyster Hut Guide 2016

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

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

Each hut accommodates between 30 and 300 persons. There’s usually a reception counter and fish tanks close to the entrance. At the reception, put your name on a list to get a table and pick up all the necessities: cotton gloves, tongs, shucking knives, sauces and, of course, trays of fresh oysters. Most huts also offer other seafood and simple side dishes. Menus and prices can be found outside the kakigoya and posted inside on the walls.

On weekends, kakigoya 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 but each hut has different rules. 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 and 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. When cooked, the oysters should pop open from the heat. To eat, use the supplied knives to pry them open and detach the oyster from the shell.

Apply your favorite sauce or seasoning as desired and enjoy your beautifully cooked oyster!

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

Table charge: There’s normally a ¥300 table charge for the use of charcoal or gas (regardless of how many people are sitting at a single table). Large groups using more than one table will have to pay a fee for each table used.

Grilling other foods: most huts offer other seafood for grilling, which you can buy and grill. However, some huts allow customers to bring extra foods, sauces and even drinks. This generosity should not be abused, 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 for protection.
• The huts close their doors when they run out of oysters, which could be as early as mid-afternoon on a busy day.
• Most huts have temporary toilet facilities. Adequate, but not special, and most likely not wheelchair-friendly.
• Oysters are available for take out. Bring a suitable bag or cooler. Share with friends back home!
• Most huts have a 1.5-hr maximum seating time.
• There is always plenty of free parking.
• If you go by taxi, consider asking the driver for their 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 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 Karadomari, it’s best to stay on Route 54 and hug Hakata Bay. It’s about 15 minutes from the 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: 0120-848-660
Nishinihon Taxi: 092-322-2233

If you are going to Fukuyoshi, get off the train at Fukuyoshi Station. 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): Shima Kishi, Itoshima City, 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 (よしむら)
• Nisshin-maru (日進丸)
• Fuji-maru (冨士丸)
• Kyokusei (旭星)
• Koushin-maru (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 Shima Funakoshi, Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Number of huts: 8
• Miwa-chan (みわちゃんカキ)
• Houryou-maru (豊漁丸)
• Maruhachi (マルハチ「引津丸」)
• Hattoriya (服部屋)
• Senryu-maru (千龍丸)
• Shouei (正栄)
• Ken-chan Kaki (ケンちゃんカキ)
• Kaki-house 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)
• Hiro-chan (ひろちゃん)

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)
• Hakusan-maru (白山丸)
• Hiryu-maru / Kaki no Abe (飛龍丸/カキの阿部)
• Kaki no Masuda (カキのますだ)

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 10/29 (Sat.)

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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 (L.I.: 16:00)
Closed: Irregular
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 130 people
Reservations: Weekdays and Sat. accepted (Sun. & Hol.: for those entering by 11:00 only)
What you can bring: Call to confirm
Menu: Flavored oysters (5 pcs.) ¥500~¥600, saikyomiso-grilled boarfish ¥880, supersized fried oysters (3 pcs.) ¥880, oyster ajillo (incl. baguette) ¥980, all-you-can-drink: alcohol ¥1,000, soft drink ¥350
Comment: It is recommended that you enjoy grilled boarfish marinated in saikyo-miso (¥880) with your oysters. Their juicy oysters was awarded best in Kyushu in 2013. This year their recommended items include flavored (6 kinds incl. mayo, cheese, basil, garlic butter, sweet miso and spicy miso). Oyster ajillo (¥980) is a new addition to the menu!
Website: http://toyohisamaru.com/

Name of hut: Ebisu-maru (恵比須丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7151-5975
Time: 10:00~17:00 (or until sold out)
Closed: Irregular
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Accepted (by phone only)
What you can bring: Call to confirm
Menu: Ebisu-maru set ¥2,000, Ebisu-gunkan (1 pc.) ¥100, kids’ set ¥500
Comment: Get one free bowl of kaki miso soup per person with an order of any side menu dish (weekdays only). They also have ebisu-gunkan (oysters inside a sushi gunkan roll)! Located on the left end of Kishi Fishing port. Their trademark is their blue jackets which you can wear while enjoying your oysters. Their recommended menu is the Ebisu-maru set (incl. 1 kg of oysters, sazae x1, scallop x1, prawn x1, noble scallop x1)
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 until sold out)
Closed: Irregular *call to confirm schedule for New Years
Period: Oct. 22 (Sat.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Accepted – book early for weekend reservations
What you can bring: Call to confirm
Menu: Gangan-yaki set ¥3,400, oyster potage ¥350, yokubari set (incl. 2 kg of oysters, sazae x2, sausages x2, sardines x2, oyster rice x2, bean sprouts with butter) ¥3,600
Comment: English, Korean and Chinese & kids menus available. This oyster hut appeared in a popular manga comic from Fukuoka. The Gangan-yaki set (¥3,400) is recommended and can be shared between 2~3 people.
Website: http://tokueimaru.com/

Fukuoka Now Special: check in to their Facebook page when you make your order and show it to staff for one free scallop (small) or a ¥100 discount on your meal.

Name of hut: Noburin (のぶりん)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7383-9558
Time: Weekdays 10:00~16:00, Weekends 09:00~ until sold out
Closed: Fri., New Year’s period (12/31 ~ 1/4)
Period: Oct. ~ Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 80 people (21 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Menu: Anago rice bowl (weekends only) ¥400, oyster stew ¥300, fan lobster ¥500~, course set (incl. 500g of oyster, crab gratin x1, scallop x1, oyster rice x1) ¥1,500
Comment: Those who aren’t keen on oysters can enjoy other items such as scallops, crab and sausages. New additions to the menu include oyster stew (¥300). The yellow-colored entrance makes this hut easy to spot! Oyster stew (¥300) – rich, sweet and creamy – is a new menu item. Other recommendations: anago (conger eel) rice bowl (¥400) (only available on weekends and Hol.), fan lobster (¥500~). English, Korean and Chinese menus available.
Website: http://kakinonoburin.com/index.html

Name of hut: Nakamiya-maru (中宮丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-7450-6009
Time: Weekdays 10:00~16:00, Weekends 09:00~17:00 (L.I.: 1 hour before closing time)
Closed: Tue., New Year’s period (12/31 ~ about 1 week)
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 160 people (27 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks and bento (side dishes and rice) (items brought in cannot be grilled on the hibachi)
Menu: Oyster chahan ¥400, dried horse mackerel ¥500, dried pufferfish ¥300, oyster porridge ¥450, toppings ¥50
Comment: Cheese, mayonnaise and other toppings available from ¥50. We recommend the Oyster chahan (fried rice) (¥400). Everyone gets a free bowl of oyster soup!
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 to confirm)
Closed: Thu. *call to confirm
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 100 people (24 tables)
Reservations: Limited *call to confirm
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Menu: Oyster rice bowl ¥350, oyster grilled with miso and mayo (2pcs.) ¥200
Comment: Customers are allowed to bring in toppings. This hut offers condiments such as lemons and ponzu for free, but toppings such as cheese are sold for a small fee (prices vary). New menu items include: oyster rice bowl (¥350) – incl. 3 oysters, oyster grilled with miso and mayo (¥200) – incl. 2 oysters and seasonal menu items such as okyuto (jelly-like seaweed noodles) and oyster tsukudani. English menu available and the Japanese menu includes pictures.
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 (L.I.: 16:00)
Closed: 1/1 *may also be closed depending on stock of oysters (call to confirm)
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 120 people (28 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice (items brought in cannot be grilled on the hibachi)
Menu: Dried pufferfish ¥200, grilled onigiri ¥100, oyster rice ¥250, kuruma ebi ¥300, fried anago ¥800
Comment: They’re proud of their extensive side menu and recommend kuruma ebi (prawns), or tuna gills to grill alongside your oysters. Only ¥800 for one whole anago (conger eel). Free toppings: soy sauce, ponzu, salt, ichimi, momiji oroshi and mayonnaise. Their drink menu boasts a wide variety including hot tea (only available in the winter).
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., New Year’s period
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 100 people (20 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Menu: Oyster chanchan-yaki ¥600, sea cucumber ¥300
Comment: The kimchi-flavored chanchan-yaki (¥600) – oysters and vegetables grilled together in foil – is their specialty. Drink beer from a special glass that’ll keep your drink cold while next to the hot fire. Drinks & rice can be brought in. They also have unusual menu items: e.g. their chanchan-yaki (oysters, vegetables and sweet miso wrapped and grilled in foil). English and Chinese menus available and basic condiments are free. Red namako (sea cucumber) (¥300/plate) available from the end of the year.
Website: http://kakigoya.org/koei-maru.html

Name of hut: Yoshimura (よしむら)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 092-328-2675
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 15 people (4 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and side dishes
Menu: None
Comment: Only oysters served here but if they have stock, they also serve sazae. 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, New Year’s period (12/28 ~ 1/5)
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 40 seats *another 25 outside in good weather (11~16 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Call to confirm
Menu: Crab claw (1 pc.) ¥150, natural black awabi ¥1,000, dried fish (1 bag) ¥300~500
Comment: Many other seafood menu items available. Enjoy natural black awabi for half the price you would pay in Fukuoka City – ¥1,000~/100g. The restaurants have two flush toilets (this is an exclusive service)! In good weather, pets are welcome to join guests at the hut’s outside tables. English-speaking staff on site. Buy some oysters to take home and you might get a free small-sized oyster.
Website: http://nissinmaru1503.wix.com/seaview

Name of hut: Fuji-maru (冨士丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 080-5249-3824 / 092-328-0563
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (12/31~1/2)
Period: Oct. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 110 people (22 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Menu: Oyster fondue ¥200, oyster gratin ¥350, oyster pizza ¥800
Comment: English, Korean and Chinese menus available.
Website: http://itomirai.web.fc2.com/simanet/fujimaru.htm

Name of hut: Kyokusei (旭星)
Area: Kishi (岐志漁港)
Tel.: 090-5290-0689
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 50 people (11 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Menu: kuruma ebi ¥400, sazae ¥150, tempura (5pcs.) ¥350, oyster rice ¥250,
Comment: This is an older style oyster hut – very simple, without many side menus. They focus on serving great oysters.

Name of hut: Koushin-maru (弘進丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志漁港)
Tel.: 080-9245-6620
Time: 10:00~16:00
Closed: Tue., New Year’s period (1/1 ~ 1/3 *12/30 ~ 2/28: oysters for sale only)
Period: Oct. ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 80 people (16 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and side menus (items brought in cannot be grilled on the hibachi)
Menu: Oyster fry ¥600
Comment: This oyster hut is known to locals as “Ko-chan”and their most popular item is their fried oysters (¥600)!

Name of hut: Miwa-chan (みわちゃんカキ)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-0222 / 090-5282-6932
Time: 09:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: New Year’s period (1/1 ~ 1/4)
Period: Oct. ~ end of Mar. *call to confirm Apr. schedule
Capacity: 250 people (38 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Sun.: for those entering by 11:00 only)
What you can bring: Drinks, onigiri and condiments
Menu: anago sashimi ¥1,000, anago tempura ¥1,200
Comment: One of the largest huts in the area and known for its fresh seafood. It is also one of the few oyster huts where you can see the ocean.
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/fukuoka/A4009/A400901/40021601/

Name of hut: Houryou-maru (豊漁丸)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 090-5922-4802 / 092-328-0858
Time: 10:00~18:00 (L.O.: 17:00)
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (12/30 ~ 1/3)
Period: Nov. ~ mid-Apr.
Capacity: 240 people (30 tables (8 persons/table))
Reservations: Call to confirm
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Menu: Kawahagi ¥1,600~, horse mackerel sashimi (ikizukuri) ¥900
Comment: Kawahagi or aji sashimi (ikizukuri) ¥1,600~ is their speciality. Enjoy your oysters with a view of the Genkai Sea!
Website: http://horyoumarusuisan.jp/

Name of hut: Maruhachi (マルハチ「引津丸」)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-2001 / 080-5249-7714
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (1/1 ~ 1/2)
Period: Oct. 15 (Sat.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 150 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only)
What you can bring: Drinks, onigiri and toppings
Menu: Negitoro rice bowl ¥350, braised octopus ¥300, marinated small horse mackerel (Namban style) ¥500, ikura rice bowl ¥350
Comment: Negitoro-don is recommended. Also: Sashimi Nanbanzuke or soy sauce-zuke *zuke = pickled, compact donburi (rice bowl) of negitoro, squid, uni and ikura ranging between ¥350~¥600. Toppings, rice and drinks are allowed to be brought in. A very spacious oyster hut – perfect for large groups.
Website: http://maruhachi-kaki.com/

Name of hut: Hattoriya (服部屋)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-8413-9191 / 092-328-1193
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:00)
Closed: Irregular, 1/1
Period: Oct. 15 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 320 people (48 tables)
Reservations: Weekdays and Sat. only (by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Menu: Octopus leg odorigui ¥500, Hattoriya pudding ¥280
Comment: Kaisen-don ¥700 – freshly caught fish (+¥100 miso soup). Drinks, rice and condiments can be brought in. Known for its live seafood such as oysters and octopus. Be sure to try the odorigui with live octopus legs! Their souvenir shop offers oyster ajillo: ¥650 (small), ¥1,000 (large); sauce (¥100). English and Chinese menus available and the menu outside has photos.
Website: http://www.hattoriya.com/

Name of hut: Senryu-maru (千龍丸)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-3079-0045 / 092-328-1812
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular, 1/1
Period: Oct. ~ early Apr.
Capacity: 200 people (31 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Menu: Fried oysters ¥500, tai-chazuke ¥500, deep-fried shrimp ¥600, oil-marinated oysters ¥730
Comment: Menu items include the tai-chazuke (sea bream rice with tea) (¥500), fried oysters (¥500) and oyster rice (¥200). Drinks and rice can be brought in. Many Japanese celebrities (TV personalities) have recommended the tai-chazuke here.

Name of hut: Shouei (正栄)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 092-328-1701 / 090-5724-1717
Time: 09:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period
Period: Oct. 15 (Sat.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: approx. 200 people (30 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekends: for those entering by 11:00 only)
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Menu: Dried pufferfish ¥350, lobster sashimi (price varies with market), ohagi ¥120 (weekends only), potatoes with butter ¥250
Comment: Free coffee and shishamo available (weekdays only) and kids gets a small treat (snack)! Japanese ohagi (oval-shaped rice cakes coated with red bean paste) is available on weekends. 34 items on their menu and most dishes use local ingredients. Menu outside has photos. Credit cards accepted.
Website: http://www.kaki-shoei.com/

Name of hut: Ken-chan Kaki (ケンちゃんカキ)
Area: Funakoshi (船越漁港)
Tel: 090-3077-0888 / 092-328-1138
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: 1/1
Period: Oct. 15 (Sat.) ~ early Apr. *call to confirm
Capacity: 200 people (40 tables)
Reservations: 10:10~20:00 *call to confirm on weekends and Hol.
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Menu: Fan lobster ¥500~, fresh sea urchin ¥500, red namako ¥500, oysters with sweet and sour sauce ¥500, kakijan (¥500)
Comment: Their kaisen-don (seafood rice bowl) for ¥500 (limited availability, limited period) is popular. They boast over 50 items on their menu from grilled foods and seafood dishes to desserts. The fan lobster (¥500~), fresh sea urchin (¥500) and the rare red namako (sea cucumber) (¥500) are available only during the winter season. New on the menu: oysters with sweet and sour sauce (¥500) and kakijan (oysters arranged in chanja style) (¥500). Spacious and well suited for families.
Website: http://www.kenchan-kaki.info/

Name of hut: Kaki-house 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. 15 (Sat.) ~ Apr. 3 (Mon.) *call to confirm
Capacity: 240 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (weekdays only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Menu: Fan lobster ¥500~, fan lobster sashimi ¥1,000, fan lobster miso soup ¥500, kaisen-don ¥1,000, oyster garlic fried rice ¥400, fried oysters ¥500
Comment: They recommend their fan lobster.
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 / 090-2710-7569
Time: 09:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (12/31 ~ 1/2)
Period: Oct. 22 (Sat.) ~ mid-Apr.
Capacity: 120 people (35 people)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Menu: Oyster shumai (1pc.) ¥200, oyster tempura ¥500, seaweed tsukudani ¥650, fresh hamaguri ¥100~
Comment: Their Kafuri hamaguri are said to be some of tastiest hamaguri in Japan! Their other specialty is oyster shumai (Chinese-style steamed dumplings) (¥200). Go on weekdays for a free sazae (limited availability: 20 per day)! Kafuri-made seaweed tsukudani is available as a souvenir. Finally, subscribe to their LINE account for a discount.
Website: http://kafuri.com/kaki/

Name of hut: Hiro-chan (ひろちゃん)
Area: Kafuri (加布里漁港)
Tel.: 090-5295-3020 / 092-322-4270
Time: 09:00~ until sold out
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (12/31 ~ 1/3)
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 120 people
Reservations: Accepted (until the day before)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Menu: Oyster set menu ¥2,000/¥3,000, grilled awabi (price varies with market), crab soup ¥250
Comment: They offer various unique dishes such as the crab soup (¥250) and grilled awabi (price varies). It’s a family-friendly place with washrooms (separated by male/female) and a waiting room.
Website: http://www.hirochankaki.com/ / http://ameblo.jp/hirochankaki/

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Name of hut: Shinei-maru (伸栄丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 092-326-6697 / 090-1511-0825
Time: 09:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular, 1/1
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 100 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (until the day before)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice, sausages and meat
Menu: Kuruma ebi set (3 pcs.) ¥1,000
Comment: The pink flag outside makes it easy to spot their hut. Enjoy various meat and seafood dishes.
Website: http://shineimaru-sasaki.com/

Name of hut: Hakusan-maru (白山丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 090-2081-5238 / 092-326-6625
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular *call to confirm schedule for New Year’s (oysters for sale until Dec. 31 AM)
Period: Nov. 12 (Sat.) ~ mid-Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 70 people (12 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Menu: Dried squid ¥500, dried horse mackerel ¥200, corn ¥300, frankfurter ¥300
Comment: You can bring in your own sauces, small side dishes and drinks. Any food except meat/sausages can be brought in. Nice view of the Genkai Sea from this oyster hut and ideal for both children and adults alike.

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Name of hut: Hiryu-maru (飛龍丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 090-1923-2548 / 092-326-5774
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular *call to confirm schedule for New Year’s (oyster hut open until 12/31)
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people (21 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice (meat allowed on weekdays)
Comment: Whole freshly dried squid which you cut with scissors by yourself, plus fresh live kuruma-ebi to on the grill, and horse mackerel (served whole) are recommended. A limited number of special seafood rice bowl are sold at random times; if you are there at the right time, you can order one.
Website: http://kakigoya.org/hiryu-maru.html

Name of hut: Kaki no Masuda (カキのますだ)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 092-326-5262 / 090-3602-8902
Time: 09:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period (1/1 ~ 1/3)
Period: Oct. 29 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 150 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekends: ~11:30)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Menu: Aomori-grown scallops (2pcs.) ¥350, noble scallop from Hirado ¥200
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, mayonnaise, margarine, ichimi and 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)! English menu available.
Web: http://kakinomasuda.com

Name of hut: Ebisu (恵比須)
Area: Karadomari (唐泊)
Tel.: 092-809-1047
Time: Weekdays 11:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30), Weekends & Hol. 11:00~18:00 (L.O.: 17:00)
Closed: Thu. *Hol.: New Year’s
Period: Nov. ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 300 people (about 80 tables)
Reservations: No
What you can bring: Call to confirm
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

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NOTE: The information presented here was originally gathered and summarized by Fukuoka Now staff in late October 2016. Many of photographs were taken in 2012, so some of the huts may appear different now. While we have done our best to be accurate in this major update, some errors in translation may have occurred. The huts are mostly operated by families and small businesses. 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 page. Now go and enjoy Itoshima’s fabulous seafood!

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