Watch: An Oyster Hut Excursion in Itoshima

Winter seafood BBQ in the harbor

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Visit the harbor of Shimafunakoshi in Itoshima for this fun winter barbecue experience. You’ll see here aerial views of the harbor, mountainous terrain, and oyster farms out at sea. Watch the oysters come in by boat and go right over to the kakigoya, or oyster huts, large seasonal restaurant tents right at the waterfront. Thirty minutes from Fukuoka City, thousands come here on weekends during the oyster season (November to March) for the scenery and fresh seafood. Expect crowds, so make a reservation or hang out in the harbor while you’re waiting. The huts close by about 3 pm.

カキ小屋 or 牡蠣小屋—kakigoya—oyster huts

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
The 2015 oyster season is now open!
Victoria Vlisides 5 years ago
Love oysters. Thanks for the feature! Going to have to catch up here this November!
Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
Oyster season will be here before you know it! Thank you.