Omicho Fish Market
Kanazawa's Omicho Fish Market is one of the oldest and biggest fish market in Japan. It was established more than 280 years ago, and it has some 170 stores, many of which specialize in selling fresh catches from the Sea of Japan. Kanazawa is a very important fishing city located on the shore of that sea. The catches are carried to the many stalls of the market upon the fishing boats' arrival to the harbor in the very early morning, so freshness is absolutely guaranteed!
Access And Hours
Access: The market is located at a 15-20 minute walk from the Kanazawa Station (Shinkansen terminal). You can also take a short bus ride to get there. Get off at the Musashigatsuji bus stop and you'll be right near it.
What To Expect And What To Look For
There is somewhat of a chaotic atmosphere that creates an old-fashion, exciting atmosphere. You might feel like you time-traveled back to the samurai era. The market has kept some of its 280-year-old charm. Shops and displays are sometimes quite on the rough and ready side. You can buy fish in small or large packages, or individually selected ones. It is even possible here to negotiate the price, a practice uncommon in Japan.
Regional specialties inclued dried fish and shellfish.
Products vary by season of course. If you go in the summer, expect to see a lot of squid and white fish. In the winter, there are more crustacieons.
You will find many unusual marine foods.
Nothing's more delicious than fresh sea urchins. If you have the chance, give them a try.
Kaisen Don: The Must-Eat Dish At The Market
At the Omicho Market, you have got to have a kaisen don (seafood on top of rice). Straight from the sea to your plate, the dishes on the grounds of the market are simply incomparable for their relatively cheap price. You can find outstanding ones from ¥1000 to ¥3000.
Sashimi dons are also excellent and cheap.
Try some oysters too while you're there! Another local specialty.
Once you're done with the market adventure, head out to the other sightseeing places Kanazawa has to offer. Have a look at the following links!