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Omicho Market, Kanazawa

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Peruse the day's seafood catch along with the locals at Omicho Market, a large venue selling fresh food in Kanazawa. Established in the mid-18th century, the market serves up produce, meat, fish, and flowers. Vendors will serve you samples of their wares in front of their stands, and the restaurants inside the market get especially busy around noon. Join the crowds to try the regional specialty, a rice bowl topped with Kanazawa seafood. To visit Omicho Market on your trip to Kanazawa, use our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.
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  • We went to the fish market on the recommendation of the concierge who suggested us to jump in for a quick lunch (we had just arrived in Kanazawa and it was past lunch time). We arrived in time before closing (15/15.30) and we were the only Westerners. We were amazed to see the amount of huge crabs for sale-crab season had just begun-but we couldn't resist in front of mouthwatering sea urchins and a gigantic oysters served on styrofoam trays and consumed quickly strolling through the streets of the market. You also sell fresh fruit. Needless to say, the fish is so fresh and you don't hear no unpleasant smell. We later learned from our guide to Kyoto that the Japanese go specifically to Omicho market to buy quality fish.
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  • Took a bus from Kanazawa station to Omicho market. Having visited the Nishiki market in Kyoto, we were very excited about the Omicho market, and we thoroughly enjoyed it here. Always very exciting to ...  more »
  • Great place for fresh seafood lover. Well stocked with produce from Sea of Japan and surrounding areas. Very clean as well. Well worth the visit  more »
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  • I think it's quite a touristy place and a friend of mine from Kanazawa confirmed my impression saying local people avoid it. Food it's expensive, done for the masses of visitors that visit the market since early in the morning. It's not impossible to get good food, but I expected an experience more authentic.
  • An amazing variety of seafood, produce, and stands for unagi, croquettes, mochi, and much more. Upper floors have restaurants, but the ground floor is where the market is located. As a tourist, the experience is interesting and fun, but the prices are generally on the higher side.
  • Very satisfied after a trip to this market place. It's full of seafood stalls that can prepare sashimi of seafood of your choice on the spot. Had the freshest uni, ebi and oyster sashimi in my life. A heaven for tourists in terms of eating, shopping, and taking photos, the market is also where the locals shop.
  • Small but great local fish market. Fish and seafood from Kanazawa is famous and even sold at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market. Come here before closing hours and the fishmongers are willing to strike a deal.
  • A must-stop before proceeding to other sites. It is located near the Kanazawa JR station thus making walkable. The market is filled with a lot of fresh fruits and catch of the season. You can request for them to prepare the fresh seafood for you to eat, as many tourists do not have an access to a kitchen. I had a good bowl of Kaisendon in the market and it was worth the 30mins wait!