We examined which, and how many, mucin markers are necessary to define the phenotypes of gastric cancers, and re-evaluated the incidence of their mucin phenotypes and whether minute gastric carcinomas arise as unclassified type. Well-differentiated-type minute gastric carcinomas (n = 33) measuring ≤5 mm were examined using human gastric mucin (HGM) and MUC5AC, MUC6 and M-GGMC-1 (or paradoxical concanavalin A type III mucin (Con A)), MUC2 and CD10 stains, and a new method to separate the previous intestinal type into intestinal type and small intestinal type. The phenotypes of carcinomas were classified into gastric, gastrointestinal, intestinal, small intestinal, and unclassified types. MUC5AC or HGM, MUC6, MUC2, and CD10 stains were all necessary to define gastric cancer phenotypes. The incidence of gastric, gastrointestinal, intestinal, small intestinal, and unclassified type was 6%, 49%, 0%, 45%, and 0%, respectively, when the percentage of positive mucin phenotype was set at >0%, and was 33%, 33%, 3%, 30%, and 0%, respe-ctively, when the percentage of positive mucin phenotype was set at ≥10%. Thus, a panel of MUC5AC (or HGM), MUC6, MUC2 and CD10 stains is indispensable for accurately determining the mucin phenotypes of gastric carcinomas, and the above-mentioned classification is important for studying changes in the histological types of well-differentiated-type adenocarcinomas during change to the poorly differentiated type, as well as corresponding genetic abnormalities.