Here’s Where You’ll Find the Biggest Landing of Matsuba and Beni-Zuwai Crabs in Japan

Especially during fishing season.

is a fishing port town in the Tottori Prefecture known for having the largest deposit of Matsuba crabs and Beni-Zuwai crabs in Japan. During fishing season, the entire town is crowded with people, and crab dishes are available almost everywhere. If you want to enjoy Sakaiminato’s crabs like the locals, make sure you check these places out!

Sakaiminato Fishery Direct Sale Center
9-5 Showacho, Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture
Contact: +81-859-30-3857
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Tuesdays
How to get there: It’s a 30-minute walk from JR Sakaiminato Station.

Sakaiminato Fishery Direct Sale Center is a seafood market operated by the San-in Makiami Fishery Cooperative. Located in the building next to the fishing port, it is comprised of 14 fish stores that specialize in crabs as well as fish processing shops and restaurants. Here, you can purchase freshly caught fish and crabs at a good price.

Beni-Zuwai crab fishing takes place from September to June, while the Matsuba crab fishing begins on November 6. Expect a lot of people during these times. 

The seafood market sells so many freshly caught fish at Sakaiminato Port. And with so many people interested in the crabs, even the parking lots become full when the Matsuba crab season starts.

Sakaiminato Sakana Juku
9-5 Showacho, Sakaiminato City, Tottori prefecture
Contact: +81-859-44-0311
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. except Thursdays
Fee: All-you-can-eat for ¥3,000yen for men, ¥2,500 for women, ¥1,500 for elementary school students. Time limit is 45 minutes.
Side menu: Rice (¥150), crab soup (¥400)

Sakaiminato Sakana Juku is a restaurant operated by the fishery cooperative inside the Sakaiminato Fishery Direct Sale Center where you can order seafood bowls and set meals from fresh fish from the market. Many people go for the all-you-can-eat Beni-Zuwai crabs, something that is unique to Sakaiminato, which lands the most crabs in Japan.

They first serve two Beni-Zuwai crabs per person.

It is also recommended that you order rice and crab soup!

Eat by taking the legs off from the shell. Instructions on how to eat are also explained.

When you finish eating your first two crabs, go to the countertop to get the next crab.

Tennenkaisui Ikesu Kaiyotei Sakaiminato Branch
9-5 Showacho, Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture
Contact: +81-859-42-4649
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last order is at 4:30 p.m.) except Tuesdays

Tennenkaisui Ikesu Kaiyotei Sakaiminato Branch is a seafood restaurant in the Sakaiminato Fishery Direct Sale Center where you can taste fresh seafood straight from the fish tank. Some of their most popular fishes are the seafood rice bowls made with Tottori's fish and white squid sashimi (¥2,160 / 100 g).

Tottori Sanshu no Jingi Don (¥1,944) is another one of their more popular dishes made up of tuna fish, white squid, and Beni-Zuwai crab. It is served with white squid and miso soup.

Kani Tappuri Don (¥1,944) is created with Beni-Zuwai crab legs and nails, and is typically eaten with soy sauce or stock soy sauce.

You can see the huge fish tank inside the restaurant.

While you’re in Sakaiminato, don’t forget to pick a few souvenirs out as well. Here are three of the most popular ones:

Kani miso (¥1,000) has a rich flavor made with crab miso taken from fresh crabs.


Beni-Zuwai Gani Bouniku (¥1,800) has a salty flavor and is delicious even when eaten alone.

Kani iri Chikuwa (¥400) has crab meat inside and has a rich flavor.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (2 November, 2017)

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