Shining silver, first sign of summer


In Japan Etsu (a kind of Japanese anchovy) live in the Ariake Sea, and they are in season from May to July when they come up from the Ariake Sea to the Chikugo River to lay eggs.
They have a fresh taste and they are eaten as sashimi and in many other preparations such as shioyaki (grilled with salt), nitsuke (simmered), karaage (deep-fried), nanbanzuke (fried and marinated), and sugata sushi (sushi rice stuffed into the whole fish). Because it loses its freshness quickly, it is said that the taste is best within 30 minutes of being caught. Why don’t you come to Okawa where you can enjoy the flavor of this freshly caught early summer gem? Houseboats called ”Etsu Excursion Boats,” where you can eat freshly caught Etsu, appear in May with the lifting of the fishing ban. Tasting fresh Etsu dishes while river boating is a popular summer tradition in Okawa.

May 1st~July 20


Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 831-0005 福岡県大川市・久留米市
Address 2525-2 Mukojima, Okawa City
Contact Okawa Tourism Association
Car Park Please inquire
Access 30 minutes by car from Kyushu Expressway Yame Interchange
About 20 minutes by car from within Yanagawa City, about 30 minutes by car from within Saga City, about 30 minutes by car from within Chikugo City

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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