Get your hands on oysters at fest near Sasebo

Photos courtesy of Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort
Photos courtesy of Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Get your hands on oysters at fest near Sasebo

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

As the temperature drops around the country, it’s time again for one of the delicacies of the season – oysters! King amongst winter foods, the tasty white, plump and meaty shell can’t be beat.

Japan offers many opportunities to taste the local bounty and if you’re in Sasebo don’t miss the chance to visit the Kujukushima Oyster Festival.

Running every weekend from now through Dec. and again in Feb. through March, Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort’s festival  is expecting over 28,000 visitors.

The event site will have 400 grills set up so you can grill your oysters to perfection. Purchase the fresh catch at 800 yen per kilogram (2.2 pounds). Other local seafood including squid, abalone and mackerel will be available as well.

Sasebo-area’s local oysters may be on the smaller side, but the flavor is one you certainly want to try if you’re a fan of mollusks. Make plans for a taste of the seasonal flavors of Japan!

Kujukushima Oyster Festival
When: 2019 autumn dates: Nov. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and Nov.30-Dec.1
2020 winter dates: Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 11, 15-16, 22-24, and Feb. 29- Mar. 1
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort (1008 Kashimaecho, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Pref.)
Price: 800 yen per one kilogram of oyster, 250 yen for one kilogram of charcoal, 250 yen for rental knife and gloves  
Tel: 0956-28-4187

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