Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger: The Island’s Rare Delicacy

Awaji Island is abundant with unique seasonal delicacies, some of which can only be found on this island. Three-year-old torafugu is the perfect example of this. However, there is another even lesser-known yet highly prized local ingredient from Awaji Island: the Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger.

Whitespotted Conger in General

Whitespotted Congers are caught using various methods such as conger eel tube fishing, cage fishing, and bottom trawling. Aichi and Miyagi prefectures are known for their large catches, but the Seto Inland Sea stands out due to its mineral-rich seawater, resulting in Whitespotted congers with high-quality fat. Each region has a different name for its larva (the young stage of Whitespotted Congers).

Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger’s Characteristics

The Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger eels live in muddy bottoms and are known for their deliciously soft flesh, skin, and bones. They are caught using small bottom trawls and longlines throughout Awaji Island. Due to the presence of toxic substances in their raw blood, it is recommended to cook them thoroughly, such as by boiling, rather than consuming them raw.

Nutritional Value and Benefits of Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger

This prized treat is a nutritious white fish that is low in calories and high in protein, making it suitable for diets. Here are some key nutritional benefits of Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger:

  1. DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid): An essential fatty acid crucial for nerve maintenance, brain function, reducing cardiovascular risks, and lowering blood triglycerides.
  2. EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid): Known for its role in maintaining smooth blood flow, and preventing arteriosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and cerebral infarction.
  3. Protein: Essential for muscle, organ, skin, hair, nail, hormone, enzyme, and immune substance formation.
  4. Vitamin A: Important for skin, mucous membranes, vision, immune system, and reproductive function.
  5. Vitamin E: Strong antioxidant that protects against oxidation of fats, maintains healthy blood vessels, and prevents cell aging.
  6. Vitamin D: Regulates blood calcium levels, crucial for bone health, and is potentially beneficial for conditions like cancer, diabetes, and immune function.

Including Whitespotted Conger in your diet can contribute to these essential nutrients and support overall health and well-being.

Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy Awaji Island Whitespotted Conger

*This is a seasonal menu and will end once stock runs out. Menu items are subject to change.


The steamed sushi set at Aonoya offers a choice out of three delicious ingredients: whitespotted conger, octopus, or crab. This special dish is complemented by seafood salad, boiled seabream, and red miso soup.

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Name SEIKAIHA - Aonoya
Address 70 Nojima-okawa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1723
Tel 0799-70-9020
Website https://awaji-seikaiha.com/aonoya/
Reservations https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/awaji-seikaiha/reserve
Operating Hours 11:00~15:00 (Last In 14:00, L.O. 14:00)
17:00~21:00 (Last In 19:30, L.O. 20:00)
Closed: Thursdays

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Aman no Shokutaku – Utage

At Aman no Shokutaku – Utage, you can try Awaji Island’s Whitespotted Conger through unique dishes like “Whitespotted Conger Tempura Pirate Style” and “Grilled Whitespotted Conger Rice Ball”. This restaurant specializes in a unique culinary concept called “pirate cuisine”, skillfully prepared with fresh local ingredients sourced from Awaji Island.

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Name Aman no Shokutaku
1F Utage
2F Sajiki
Address 1042 Nojima-Tokiwa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1726
Tel "Utage” 0799-70-9089
“Sajiki” 0799-70-9090
Operation Hours “Utage”: Weekdays 11:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00) / Sat., Sun. & Holidays 10:30~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
“Sajiki” 11:00~15:00 / 17:00~21:00 (L.O.19:30) Closed: Tuesdays
Website https://amannoshokutaku.jp/
Reservations: Utage https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/aman-utage/reserve
Reservations: Sajiki https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/aman-sajiki/reserve

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