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Itoshima Kakigoya – Oyster Hut Guide 2017

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 kakigoya 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.
• Bring wet tissues for easy clean ups.
• 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 and Route 202.

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. Business hours and days vary by hut. 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) ★Fukuoka Now Special
• Ebisu-maru (恵比須丸)
• Tokuei-maru (徳栄丸) ★Fukuoka Now Special
• 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.)


HUT GUIDE

Area #1 Kishi

Name of hut: Mirukugaki Toyohisa-maru (豊久丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 090-1975-2915
Time: 10:00~17:00 (last in 16:00)
Closed: Irregular
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 130 people
Reservations: Weekdays and Sat. accepted (Sun. & hol.: negotiable )
What you can bring: Rice, drinks
Credit cards: accepted
Foreign language menu: English
Menu: Flavored oysters (5 pcs.) ¥600, saikyo-miso-grilled boarfish ¥980, supersized fried oysters (3 pcs.) ¥880, oyster ajillo (incl. baguette) ¥980, all-you-can-drink: alcohol ¥1,000~, soft drink ¥350

Comment: The interior of this oyster hut is very cleverly designed. The wooden tables and benches include functional designs, such as storage space for your coats and belongings, so they do not become smelly. There’s also some tatami mat seating space too. Of course the main reason to go here is the oysters they harvest themselves in the bay and also the many other seafood dishes. Recently popular are their flavored oysters (¥600), grilled and served minus the shell. Super friendly service make this an excellent choice for first-timers too!

Fukuoka Now Special: mention Fukuoka Now and get a free bowl of oyster soup for everyone in your group!

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: 10/27 (Fri.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Accepted (by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Ebisu-maru set ¥2,000, Ebisu-gunkan (1 pc.) ¥100, fried oyster ¥600, oyster soup ¥150

Comment: They have ebisu-gunkan (oysters on top of 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, oyster soup and oyster rice)
Website: https://itosima-kakigoya.amebaownd.com/

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: 10/27 (Fri.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 100 people
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays and Sat. up to 11:00 only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice, condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
Menu: Ganganyaki 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. Child-friendly toilets and child-sized windbreakers are provided, too, so don’t hesitate to bring along your little ones.
Website: http://tokueimaru.com/

Fukuoka Now Special:
check in to their Facebook page when you make your first order and show it to staff for a soft drink!

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., 12/31 (Sun.) ,1/1 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.). ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 80 people (21 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
Menu: Anago rice bowl ¥500, salmon roe rice bowl ¥600, oyster stew ¥300, fan lobster ¥500~,

Comment: The yellow-colored entrance makes this hut easy to spot! 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 fan lobster (¥500) and anago rice bowl (¥500, available on weekends and holidays only) are recommended, too. A special set for ¥1,500 (plus ¥300 for charcoal) includes 500 g of oysters, crab gratin x1, scallop x1, sazae x1, and a bowl of rice.
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 (Sun.) ~ about 1 week)
Period: 11/1 (Wed.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 160 people (27 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice, side dishes, condiments (items brought in cannot be grilled on the hibachi)
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Oyster chahan (fried rice) ¥400, dried horse mackerel ¥500, dried pufferfish ¥300, oyster porridge ¥450, clam ¥100, salmon ¥200

Comment: Cheese, pizza sauce and other toppings available from ¥50. We recommend the garlic-flavored Oyster chahan (fried rice) (¥400) as seen from their huge billboard sign. 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: Irregular
Period: 10/28 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 160 people (25 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
Menu: Oyster rice bowl ¥350, oyster grilled with miso and mayo (2pcs.) ¥200, oyster rice ¥200

Comment: Owned by a squid fisherman, Daiei-maru boasts of delicious squid in addition to oysters. This year their popular oyster hot pot (¥500) makes a comeback! Menu items such as Hakata specialty okyuto (jelly-like seaweed noodles) and oyster tsukudani (seaweed simmered in soy sauce and mirin) can be ordered for take away. Menus include photos for easy ordering.
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 (Mon.) *may also be closed depending on stock of oysters (call to confirm)
Period: 10/15 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 120 people (28 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice (items brought in cannot be grilled on the hibachi)
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Dried pufferfish ¥200, grilled onigiri ¥100, oyster rice ¥250, kuruma ebi ¥300, fried anago ¥800, oyster ajillo (incl. baguette) ¥680

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: 10/28 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 100 people (20 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (weekdays)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
Menu: Oyster chanchan-yaki ¥600, sea cucumber ¥300, iwashi mentai ¥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 too.
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: 10/29 (Sun.) ~ Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 15 people (4 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and side dishes
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: None

Name of hut: Nisshin-maru (日進丸)
Area: Kishi (岐志)
Tel.: 080-2757-0306
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular, 12/28 (Thu.) ~ 1/5 (Fri.)
Period: 10/28 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 40 seats
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
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A

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, 12/31 (Sun.)
Period: 10/21 (Sat.). ~ end of Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 110 people (24 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only, by phone only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean
Menu: Oyster cheese fondue ¥200, oyster gratin ¥350, oyster pizza ¥800, oyster risotto ¥400

Comment: One thing’s for sure, you won’t find menu items such as oyster cheese fondue, oyster gratin, oyster pizza and more at other oyster huts!
Website: http://kaki-fujimaru.com/

Name of hut: Kyokusei (旭星)
Area: Kishi (岐志漁港)
Tel.: 092-328-1734
Time: 10:30~17:00
Closed: Irregular, New Year’s period
Period: 11/1 (Sun.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 40 people
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Kuruma ebi ¥400, sazae ¥150, Hirado tempura (5pcs.) ¥350

Comment: This is an older style oyster hut – very simple, without many side menus. They focus on serving great oysters.

Name of hut: Kouchan-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 (Mon.) ~ 1/3 (Wed.) *12/30 ~ 2/28: oysters for sale only)
Period: 10/28 (Sat.) ~ 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)
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: Korean
Menu: Oyster fry ¥600, potato salad ¥400

Comment: This oyster hut is known to locals as “Ko-chan”and their most popular item is their fried oysters (¥600)! On weekdays you might be given a baked yakiimo (sweet potato) or shequasar (citrus) toppings for your oysters from the owner’s hometown at no extra charge.

Area #2 Funakoshi

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: Irregular
Period: 10/21 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. *call to confirm Apr. schedule
Capacity: 250 people (38 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English
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. Other menu items include horse mackerel sashimi or kawahagi (thread-sail filefish) sashimi (¥1,000) and fried horse mackerel (¥700).
Website: http://miwachankaki.crayonsite.net/

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 (Sat.) ~ 1/3 (Wed.)
Period: 10/21 (Sat.) ~ 4/21 (Sat.)
Capacity: 293 people (37 tables )
Reservations: Call to confirm
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and condiments
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
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 (or until sold out)
Closed: Irregular, 1/1 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ Apr. (approx.)
Capacity: 150 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekdays only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Credit cards: accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean
Menu: Negitoro rice bowl ¥350, braised octopus ¥300, marinated small horse mackerel (Namban style) ¥500, ikura rice bowl ¥450

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.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular, 1/1 (Mon.)
Period: 10/15 (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
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Chinese
Menu: Octopus leg odorigui ¥500, Hattoriya pudding ¥280

Comment: Known for serving raw oysters instead of grilled as well as their odorigui (dancing octopus legs)! Their souvenir shop offers oyster ajillo: ¥550; sauce (¥100). Their oyster with gochujang (red chili paste) cheese (¥600) is popular, too.
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 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ early Apr.
Capacity: 200 people (43 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (mornings only)
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Fried oysters ¥500, tai-chazuke ¥500, 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, 1/1 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ 4/15 (Sun.)
Capacity: approx. 200 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (Weekends: for those entering by 11:00 only)
What you can bring: Drinks, onigiri and condiments
Credit cards: accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
Menu: Dried pufferfish ¥350, lobster sashimi (price varies with market), potatoes with butter ¥250, oyster ajillo ¥500, oyster tsukudani ¥400, oyster gratin ¥500

Comment: Free coffee and shishamo available on weekdays! Their menu features 45 items 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 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar. *call to confirm
Capacity: 200 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted *call to confirm on weekends and Hol.
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
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 (Mon.)
Period: 10/14 (Sat.) ~ early Apr. *call to confirm
Capacity: approx. 200 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (weekdays only)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice and toppings
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Fan lobster ¥500~, fan lobster sashimi ¥800~, fan lobster miso soup ¥500, kaisen-don ¥1,000, oyster garlic fried rice ¥400, fried oysters ¥500, octopus odoriyaki ¥500

Comment: Mokkun is the only oyster hut in Itoshima that not only harvests their own oysters, but they also cultivate them. Their fan lobster sashimi, available from October to November, is also highly recommended.
Website: http://www.kakihouse-mokkun.com/

Area #3 Kafuri

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,12/31 (Sun.) ~ 1/2 (Tue.)
Period: Oct. 22 (Sat.) ~ mid-Apr.
Capacity: 120 people (35 people)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and onigiri
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
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,12/31 (Sun.) ~ 1/3 (Wed.)
Period: 10/21 (Sat.) ~ late Mar.
Capacity: 120 people
Reservations: Accepted (up until the day before)
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean
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. Beginning this year, there will be daily specials too.
Website: http://www.hirochankaki.com/ / http://ameblo.jp/hirochankaki/

Area #4 Fukuyoshi

Name of hut: Shinei-maru (伸栄丸)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 092-326-6697 / 090-1511-0825
Time: 10:00~17:00
Closed: Irregular, 1/1 (Sun.)
Period: 11/3 (Sat.) ~ call to confirm
Capacity: 100 people (35 tables)
Reservations: Accepted (until the day before)
What you can bring: Drinks, rice, sausages and meat
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English, Korean, Chinese
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. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are “Ladies Days” – each female guest will be given one free shrimp to grill!
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 on sale until 12/31 (Sun.) AM)
Period: 11/18 (Sat.) ~ Mid. Mar. (approx.)
Capacity: 70 people (12 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Dried squid ¥500, dried horse mackerel ¥200, corn ¥300, frankfurter ¥200

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.

Name of hut: Hiryu-maru / Kaki no Abe (飛龍丸/カキの阿部)
Area: Fukuyoshi (福吉漁港)
Tel.: 090-1923-2548 / 092-326-5774
Time: 10:00~17:00 (L.O.: 16:30)
Closed: Irregular, 12/30 (Sun.) ~15:00 *call to confirm schedule for New Year’s
Period: 11/3 (Fri.) ~
Capacity: 100 people (21 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice (meat allowed on weekdays)
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A
Menu: Oyster rice (weekends and hol. only) ¥200, burikama ¥500, anago (current market price), large clam (current market price), squid ¥500, open horse mackerel ¥200

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. Designated drivers get a free soft drink.
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, 1/1 (Mon.) ~ 1/3 (Wed.)
Period: 10/21 (Sat.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 150 people (40 tables)
Reservations: Accepted
What you can bring: Drinks and rice
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: English
Menu: Aomori-grown scallops (1 pc.) ¥350

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

Area #5 Karadomari

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: 11/1 (Wed.) ~ end of Mar.
Capacity: 300 people (about 80 tables)
Reservations: No
What you can bring: Condiments
Menu: Oyster rice ¥300, oyster soup ¥100, dried fish ¥500, oyster tsukudani (seaweed simmered in soy sauce and mirin) ¥500
Credit cards: not accepted
Foreign language menu: N/A

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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Published: Oct 28, 2017 / Last Updated: Nov 16, 2017

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