Eat & Drink
Nagahama Fish Market 長浜鮮魚市場
Fukuoka's answer to the fish market at Tsukiji opens up just once a month to visitors
The Nagahama Fish Market is Fukuoka's largest commercial fish market, and is packed with fishermen selling the best catches of the day to local traders and restaurateurs. Once a month the market opens its doors to the public, offering a rare glimpse inside this excellent local fishmongery.
Many locals line up from as early as 7 a.m. to get in when the doors open at 9 a.m.
If you miss the open day, you can still eat at various restaurants or purchase from retail shops inside the market building
How to Get There
In the heart of Fukuoka , the Nagahama Fish Market is only a 15-minute walk from Tenjin Station or an eight-minute walk from Akasaka subway station on the Kuko Line.
Numerous buses run past the fish market and connect to both Tenjin and Hakata stations.
Fresh fish and tuna auctions
Located in the Nagahama area to the north of Tenjin, the Nagahama Fish Market opens to the general public on the second Saturday of every month.
The main event is the tuna auction at 9:30 a.m. A whole tuna is sliced and diced in front of your eyes, and then the best pieces are auctioned off to the bidding crowd for incredibly reasonable prices.
Come as early as you can
It's best to get to the market when it opens, since the best fish sells out quickly. Particularly popular is the 1,000 yen assortment box, which can sell out in minutes.
In addition to selling fish at discounted prices, there are demonstrations of how to filet a fish, as well as leaflets explaining the nutritional benefits of various species. On some days, the market even offers cooking classes.