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Itoshima Kakigoya – Oyster Hut Guide 2021-2022

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 October 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. This year, Fukuoka Now has gathered information on 26 kakigoya to choose from! This year, some of the huts will open as early as October 9, 2021, about a week earlier than the previous year. But not all, so check details before you head out. Please check back here in the coming weeks as we continue to update this guide for 2021-22.

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 Karatomari, which is located within the Fukuoka City boundaries on the way to Itoshima on Route 54 and Route 202.

Area #1 Kishi (岐志)

Address (J): 福岡県糸島市志摩岐志
Address (E): Shima-kishi, Itoshima City, Fukuoka

The oyster huts at Kishi Fishing Port were entirely rebuilt in 2019 and the parking was paved too, so access is even more convenient.
Number of huts: 11

Open as of Oct. 9 (Sat.)
• Toyohisa-maru / 豊久丸
• Noburin / のぶりん
• Ebisu-maru / 恵比須丸
• Fuji-maru / 冨士丸

Open as of Oct. 16 (Sat.)
• Nakamiya-maru / 中宮丸
• Daikoku-maru / 大黒丸
• Kouei-maru / 高栄丸
• Nissinmaru / 日進丸

Open as of Oct. 22 (Fri.)
• Tokuei-maru / 徳栄丸

Open as of Oct. 23 (Sat.)
• Daiei-maru / 大栄丸

Open as of Oct. 30 (Sat.)
• Kyokusei / 旭星

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
Number of huts: 8

Open as of Oct. 9 (Sat.)
• Houryou-maru / 豊漁丸
• Maruhachi / マルハチ「引津丸」
• Kaki-house Mokkun / かきハウスもっくん
• Hattoriya / 服部屋
• Shoei / 正栄
• Ken-chan Kaki / ケンちゃんカキ

Open as of Oct. 16 (Sat.)
• Senryu-maru / 千龍丸

Open as of Oct. 23 (Sat.)
• Miwa-chan Kaki / みわちゃんカキ

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 City, Fukuoka
Number of huts: 2

Open as of Oct. 16 (Sat.)
• Sumiyoshi-maru / 住吉丸

Open as of Oct. 23 (Sat.)
• Hiro-chan Kaki / ひろちゃんカキ

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 City, Fukuoka
Number of huts: 4

Open as of Oct. 23 (Sat.)
• Kaki no Masuda / カキのますだ

Open as of Oct. 30 (Sat.)
• Shinei-maru / 伸栄丸
• Hiryu-maru/Kaki no Abe / 飛龍丸/カキの阿部

Will open in mid-Nov
• Umemoto no Kaki / Saiunmaru / 梅本のカキ/彩雲丸(さいうんまる)

Area #5 Karatomari (唐泊)

Address (J): 福岡市西区小田池ノ浦 海づり公園内
Address (E): Umizuri Park, Ikenoura, Kota, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Number of huts: 1

Open as of Oct. 9 (Sat.)
• Karatomari Ebisu / 唐泊恵比須

Please note: The Fukuoka Now Oyster Hut Guide uses information directly confirmed by the seasonally open oyster huts in the fishing ports on the Itoshima Peninsula (Itoshima City and Fukuoka City) (as of Oct 15, 2021).

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 Karatomari, 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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Published: Oct 15, 2021 / Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021

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