If you would like to try the taste of local food, Fukuoka city fish market (Nagahama fish market 長浜鮮魚市場) is definitely the place to visit. This fish market is located in Nagahama district that a little north from Tenjin. It is one of the largest fish markets in the nation. About 300 species caught from all over Kyushu are shipped to this market and will be sold to different parts of Japan. Although, market is not open to the public, we can try some fresh seafood at this place. (Market opens for public only the second Saturday of each month) ※Below photo is market hall building (市場会館棟) and restaurants are on the first floor.
At the first floor of market hall building, there are some restaurants that serve fresh seafood with reasonable price. At lunch time, the restaurants are crowded with office workers in the neighborhood. Some restaurants only open from early morning to afternoon.
I tried Uni-don (Sea urchin donbri※) at Fuku-uo-restaurant (福魚食堂) this time. Surprisingly, It was only 1000 yen at this restaurant. (Regular price is around 2000 to 5000 yen)
※Donburi is one of Japanese cuisine that put some ingredients such as fish, meat or other on the rice.
From the second floor of this building, there is a passageway that connect to the West wholesale building where the market hold. Except for holidays (Sundays, National Holidays ,and New Year’s Holidays), the passageway is open 24 hours for visitors.
We could see the inside of the West wholesale building and people working there. There were many Tunas (Maguro 鮪) that will be shipped out to other places in Japan. On the day of visit, workers were packing and loading Tunas in the trucks.
Fukuoka City Fish Market Center Information
Opening hours and Closed day of Restaurants:
Fukuuo-Shokudo (福魚食堂): Weekday, Saturday, Holidays, Fish market holidays: 6 am – 3 pm. Closed: Sunday.
Okiyo-Shokudo (おきよ食堂): Weekday, Saturday: 6 am – 2 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm. Sunday, holidays, Fish market holidays: 11 am – 2 pm, 6 pm – 9 pm. Closed: 1st and 3rd Sunday.
Ichigyo-Ichie (一魚一栄): Weekday, Saturday: 8 am – Midnight, Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm.
Taishukappo-Masami (大衆割烹まさ味): Weekday, Saturday: 8 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – Midnight. Closed: Sunday.
Hakata Uogashi (博多魚がし): Weekday, Saturday: 7 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm. Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm.
Ichibazushi-Uotatsu (市場寿司魚辰): Weekday, Saturday: 9:30 am – 9 pm, Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 9 pm.
Chukaryori-Banri (中華料理万里; Chinese cuisine): Weekday, Saturday: 5 am – 4 pm. Closed: Sunday.
Senza (鮮座; Souvenir shop): 10 am – 4 pm. Closed: Sunday, holidays and Fish market holidays.
Fish market holidays calendar: Note:平成２８年 is 2016. 平成２９年 is 2017.
Address: 3-11-3, Nagahama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (福岡市中央区長浜3丁目11番3号)
From Tenjin (天神): Use Subway Airport line (地下鉄空港線), get off at Akasaka station (赤坂駅). Use exit 1 or 3 then walk to the North on Taisho-Dori (大正通り) for 10 minutes.
From JR Hakata Station: Same as Tenjin route.
By Bus: Take Nishitetsu bus (西鉄バス) and get off at Nagahama 2-chome bus stop (長浜２丁目) or at Homukyoku-mae bus stop (法務局前) then 5 min to walk).
Other information: There is a day (Citizen Thanksgiving Day 市民感謝デー) opening this market place for citizen from 9 to 12 noon on the second Saturday of each month. You can buy many kinds of seafood products with reasonable price from over 40 of shops on this day. There will be Tuna dismantling show from 9:30～.