Miyagi Prefecture is one of Japan’s major oyster-producing regions, with plump “kaki” (oysters) harvested from the fertile waters along the Sanriku Coast. Grown slowly and gently, some of Miyagi’s most impressive oysters come from the northern area of Karakuwa.
These tasty local Karakuwa oysters are called momare oysters or momare-kaki. They take about 2.5 years to 3 years to produce, unlike the more standard oyster which takes about 18 months to 2 years. Protected by inlets and bays, the name “momare” oyster comes from the Japanese word meaning “to be tossed around.” This careful production process incorporates a combination of environmental conditions. The oysters are grown in secluded areas, massaged by the waves of the ocean, leading to optimum flavor and texture.
The local fishing industry was terribly damaged by the 2011 tsunami, yet since then the region has worked hard to flourish once more. During this tour, you’ll gain insight into the local oyster-producing culture and jump on a fishing boat to spend a morning with a local oyster farmer.
Join this Karakuwa Oyster Tour and use your five senses to learn about how these delicious local oysters are cultivated off the coast of the Karakuwa Peninsula. Along with local fishermen, you’ll board a boat and set sail toward the floating rafts of oysters, feeling the invigorating sea breeze. You’ll learn in-depth about how oysters are locally grown with care; then, back on land, you’ll also have the chance to taste some of the freshest oysters, rich with their signature umami flavor.
Book this Karakuwa Oyster Sailing Tour and show your support for the local oyster and fishing industry, and taste the freshest oysters imaginable!
1.5-hour oyster tour in Karakuwa
Fishing boat tour with a local fisherman
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting of this Karakuwa Oyster Tour is at Karakuwa Banya Oyster Shack
Please be reminded to come to the experience on time