The Yobuko Morning Market is said to have begun in the Taisho Period (1912-1926). It is one of Japan's three largest morning markets, on par with those of Wajima city in Ishikawa prefecture and Takayama city in Gifu prefecture.
The markets are held every day from 7:30 until 12 along Asaichi-dori, located on the east side of Yobuko port. The approximately 200 m-long stretch of road features close to 50 stalls selling fresh seafood, processed food, vegetables and flowers. Listening to the energetic voices of the women running the stalls and negotiating prices with them just adds to the fun and this market is a form of morning entertainment only to be experienced in Yobuko.
From train station: 30-minute taxi ride from Karatsu Station on the JR Karatsu Line and Chikuhi Line
Car: 60-minute drive from Nagasaki Expressway Taku IC
Bus: Get on Showa Bus bound for Yobuko at Oteguchi Bus Center, get off at Yobuko stop, and walk for 3 minutes
● Opening Hours: 7:30 - 12:00
● Parking Lot: Accommodates 128 cars (fees apply; 100 yen for up to an hour)
● Contact: Yobuko Branch Office, Yobuko City Office, Tel: +81-955-53-7165