Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds - Hokkaido

The Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds (旧留萌佐賀家漁場)  is a National Historic Site as well as a National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property. It is located at 13 Reukecho, Rumoi City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds
Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds

Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds details

Heinojo, the eighth head of the Saga dynasty, created the herring fishing grounds in 1844. It was the home of the Saga family, who at their peak had 12 construction networks in Rumoi.

Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds - Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds (旧留萌佐賀家漁場)

The Saga Fishing Grounds were not only used as residences by the Saga Clan, but they also housed workers during the fishing season. There were also facilities such as a drying area, storage area, and a dock.





The banya (main house), tota storehouse (product storehouse), and ship storeroom are the sole remaining structures. Under the Rumoi Herring Fishing Tools, the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds and the 3745 artifacts housed and displayed there are designated as Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property.

Photos inside the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds*

















I posted only a handful of photos of the exhibits and I purposefully didn't label them so that you would only get a glimpse of what the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds has to offer. Please visit it and enjoy it with your own eyes.

My family and I had the opportunity to visit the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds for the first time on August 7, 2022, my 279th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. During the visit, we were accompanied by our friend Teacher Kanda. My family and I learned a lot about the herring fishing era in Rumoi. 

Mokko Backpack Activity


Ella and I tried to carry the Mokko backpack

The curator added more water bottles to see how heavy I can carry

Ella got a mini Mokko as a gift

My daughter and I also got to try on the Mokko backpack that was used in the industry at the time.

We explored the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds with Teacher Kanda

Team Nicerio with the curators of Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds


If you are not from Rumoi, it is difficult to access the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground. It's not because it's too far away, but because it only opens a few times a year. It was only open from August 3-9, 2022. If you wish to go inside and listen to the curator discuss the history of the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground, please visit the Rumoi City website 👉LINK👈 and wait for the next opening date to be announced. They normally announce it around the middle of July.

Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds Admission Fee

It’s FREE to enter and explore the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground.

Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds Operating Times

The Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground is open to the public for a very short time usually every August. When it’s open to the public, you can enter it from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Why visit the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground?

The Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground is the best place to get a taste of Rumoi's herring business. Don't miss out on the Mokko Backpack Activity and see how many kilograms you can carry using the heavy Mokko backpacks that were once used to transport the fish.

Getting to the Former Rumoi Saga Fishing Ground


Ride the Engan Bus Rumoi Beskari (Mashike) Line and board down at Reuke Itsukushima Jinja Shita or Reuke bus stop. From there, the Foremer Rumoi Saga Fishing Grounds is a few meters away by foot. 

You can check the Engan Bus website for schedules and fares by clicking this 👉 LINK 👈

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