Domestic matsutake mushrooms, usually a high-priced autumn delicacy, have become more affordable due to a good harvest, with wholesale prices halving in some areas.

Transaction volumes for Japan-grown matsutake rose 40 percent from a year earlier and they have been selling well due to lower prices, traders said.

On the other hand, prices of imported matsutake, which are cheaper and mostly come from China, have been rising, with their transaction volume declining.