Welcome to Japan Koi Export

One of Niigata’s leading suppliers of Japanese Koi to the world

Japan Koi Export (JKX) is a well-established company based in Ojiya City, Niigata, which is the heartland of Japanese Koi.
Martin Symonds formed JKX so that he could bring the very best koi from Niigata to customers at the very best possible prices, or “farm prices” as Martin calls it.  For 35 years he has been buying and shipping Japanese koi around the world. JKX are not agents, or ‘middle men’ who visit the area a couple of times a year. René Villela, (Martin’s associate) is based in Ojiya, Niigata and works closely side by side with many of the breeders. Martin himself has lived in Ojiya for 12 years.

Watch our JKX video, covering our buying trips and our Koi Masterclass week here in Niigata, Japan.

We specialize in supplying koi, whether personally selected by you here in Japan, or by selecting from our Spring Console price List, via this website or through our sister website at www.exclusivejapanesekoi.com

BUYING TRIPS 2017  Starting from the 28th January 2017 onwards. Our buying trips start one week before the All Japan Koi Show which takes place on the 4th and 5th February 2017. Our buying trips carry on until May 2017. These personal bespoke trips are catered to your requirements. So why not join us on one of our buying trips where you can select the very best koi at the very best prices.

CONSOLE PRICE LIST 2017 OUT NOW Our new Console Price list covering the leading breeders of Niigata’s koi is available to view now. Enquiries from agents, wholesalers and dealers worldwide are welcome.

10 EXCELLENT REASONS TO USE JKX To learn more about the services that JKX offer then please click on the above link.


Our next Koi Masterclass dates for 2017 will be running from Saturday 28th October to Saturday 4th November 2017.

Now in its 17th year, this one week of koi classes in Niigata with the masters is not to be missed. BOOK EARLY AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED.

“We have over 35 years of experience buying and supplying Japanese koi around the world. Working in Ojiya, Niigata 365 days of the year has allowed our business relationship to form a long term friendship with the breeders and this allows you access to the best koi at the best prices.

Whether you come with us for 1 day, 1 week or longer to buy Koi, or join us on one of our Koi masterclasses or on one of our tours, you will quickly realise why JKX can be the best partner for you as a hobbyisit or for your business. In Japan we call it “Yukuri, yukuri,” which means “slowly, slowly”. I want your association with us to grow slowly. I look forward to welcoming you to Japan.” Martin Symonds


Our recent Koi Masterclass was held from 5th November until 12th November 2016. To everyone who came from around the world (UK, USA, Malaysia, Iran) to attend, we would like to thank you. Above are a few photos taken during our Koi Masterclass week.

Review from Katie Scott - November 2016 Japan Masterclass attendee

I want to give a big THANK YOU to Japan Koi Export and Martin Symonds for a great experience during the Master Class held in Japan. I am very grateful for this opportunity. Words can not express the beauty I have seen over the past weeks. Getting to meet and dine with several top breeders in this industry was amazing. Still overwhelmed with every thing I have learned and walked away with. I also want to thank everyone involved with with program and everyone I got to meet from ALL over the world. Until next time…..CHEERS!


This September Martin Symonds of JKX will be bringing Masato Hoshino of Koda Koi Farm to join him with René Villela also of JKX on their stand at this years All England Koi Show being held on the 23rd and 24th September 2017. Hoshino san is looking forward to meeting everyone as this video shows. So join us on our stand to meet one of the leading breeders in Niigata, learn more about us at JKX and be part of the great offers that will be available from us over the weekend. We look forward to seeing you there.

EXCLUSIVE JAPANESE KOI – Check out the breeders latest koi offers directly from their farms which we update weekly. 

Launched in 2016, Exclusive Japanese Koi is a dedicated website offering koi from some of Niigata’s leading breeders.

The breeders have their very own individual pages which gives them an opportunity to include and show you, (the customer),
a range of their koi, whether it be show koi, high quality koi or koi listed on our Spring Console List. New koi and special offers will be updated on the site on a weekly basis.

JKX’s long-term close friendship and business relationship with the breeders gives a unique inside knowledge to the best koi available. Over the years, customers of JKX’s have come to appreciate this close relationship, and therefore many customers return year after year.  For the customer to be satisfied is something JKX strive for – something that is also the “Japanese Way”.

Whether you come on one of our buying trips, Koi Masterclass or one of our tours, we feel that JKX can be your Gateway to Niigata Koi.

We hope you will enjoy using this site and that you will find it helpful.  This website covers all aspects of what our company has to offer. Both Martin Symonds and René Villela very much look forward to welcoming you to Japan.

Start typing and press Enter to search