Port of Yobuko

A seafarin', squid-lovin' town

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Yobuko’s natural harbor on the Genkai Sea, overlooked by ruins of the short-lived Nagoya Castle and its museum, has long been populated by families farming the deep. Although the small town of about 6,000 has a history of whaling, squid is now the main catch. In fact, Yobuko is famed for its fresh squid, and restaurants are what reel in the tourists here. But the harbor itself is worth the short walk along the fishing vessels and will give you an overview of the area.

Near the tour boats offering see-through hulls and visits to Nanatsugama, check out the morning fish market (7 to 11 am), running for a century now and said to be one of Japan’s “Big Three.”

呼子町—Yobuko-cho—Town of Yobuko
イカ—ika—squid
​七ツ釜—Nanatsugama—group of seven pot-like sea caves
呼子朝市—Yobuko Asa Ichi—Yobuko Morning Market

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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!