Photo by Rebecca Gade

Photo by Rebecca Gade

Photo by Rebecca Gade

  • Karakuwa Banya is an oyster shack built as part of the recovery effort following the 2011 tsunami. This humble gourmet destination sits by a dock where oyster farmers bring in the day’s harvest and shuck it in the neighboring buildings. Buoys drifting on the waves mark where oysters are raised in anticipation of their turn on the table.  The area’s oysters are famous for their size, and this oyster shack is one of the best places to enjoy this Karakuwa delicacy at its freshest.

    Customers can choose from either the oyster set (approx. 15 oysters) or the mix set (approx. 10 oysters and 2 scallops) for 1,500 yen. Oysters are cooked in the shell on a specially-made covered grill table. After ten minutes on high heat, customers shuck the oysters themselves following a quick demonstration from the staff. Ponzu sauce and lemon juice are provided, but the oysters are just as good savored unseasoned in authentic fisherman fashionflavored only by the sea. Reservations are required but can be made same day. Special weekday reservations are possible for groups of ten or more.

    Local Voice

    While shucking, it’s helpful to remember that no two oysters are exactly the same. If you’re stuck with a tough shell to crack, the friendly staff can always lend a hand!

  • Last Update
    February 5, 2019

    Area Sanriku Coast

Details

ADDRESS

214−6, Karakuwacho Shibitachi Kesennuma, Miyagi-ken

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

None

CREDIT CARDS

Not accepted

LANGUAGES

Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Early Oct–mid-May: weekends & holidays 11:00–15:00

CLOSED DAYS

Late May–late Sept

PHONE

080-8205-4186

OFFICIAL URL

http://pc.kesennuma-kankomap.jp/food/detail/1039

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

No

HALAL

No

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

No

NON-SMOKING

Yes

TABLE CHARGE

No

LUNCH HOURS

11:00–15:00