Senzaki squid | Visit Nagato, Japan

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Senzaki squid

Slender, and sweet in flavor, the Senzaki squid of Nagato is known as the "Queen of Squid."

"Queen of Squid"

Nagato's Senzaki area boasts one of the largest swordtip squid hauls in Japan. Despite their small bodies, Senzaki squid are prized for the intense, sweet flavor that has earned them the title, the "Queen of Squid."

About "Senzaki squid"

Offshore, Nagato's coastline drops off sharply from the continental shelf. The swordtip squid live below, in the strong currents at a depth of about 20-50 meters. Swimming here contributes to their slim shape, and sweetness. True "Senzaki squid" is careful to capture each squid with artifical lures to prevent injury, thereby preserving freshness.

Squid Season

The squid season lasts from October to Decemeber.

Serving Styles

Though there are many ways to prepare Senzaki squid, it is most commonly served as fresh squid sashimi.


Kiraku: Katsu-ika Honke & Japanese cuisine

Squid sashimi and uni (sea urchin) rice is popular.

4137-3 Senzaki, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-4107
Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
*Orders finish at 7:30 p.m.
Days of the week on which the shop is closed are subject to change.

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Isaji provides both à la carte and catering services with the morning's fresh catch everyday.

1860-1 Misumishimo, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-3803
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Last order at 1:30 p.m.)
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. (Last order at 8:30 p.m.)
Closed on Wednesdays

Nihonkai no Aji (The Flavor of the Sea of Japan) Kuidoraku

Serving the fresh taste of the sea, from fresh sushi to delicious sunken-hearth grills.

967-4 Higashi Fukawa, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-4101
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Closed three days a month.