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 holiday in Kanazawa, and find out what else Kanazawa has to offer, use our Kanazawa online trip planner .
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  • Was here everyday at the market! Most of the sushi restaurant open at 1030am except for some fresh seafood or fruits, that open early. The strawberry was super huge and sweet. Recommend to eat and buy...  more »
  • Most stores are closed if you visit at dinner time, so visit the next morning very vibrant. When I visit the next time I had very pickable breakfast at the seafood shop, come without breakfast.
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  • OMI-Cho market in Kanazawa popularity often covered on TV, are crowded with tourists. All stores offering fresh fish in procession from menu is all the same, I don't know it. Also feel the price is cheap, fresh from a it's do as I thought. Feeling the hairsplitting and tourists was the highest in?.
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  • Was very busy when we walked in for a table for 2 with no reservation. Unfortunately we were turned away and told the next available table was at 9:30pm. We took this as a good sign and returned then, and we were glad we did. The waitress was lovely, spoke flawless English and was very friendly and helpful. She recommended a sake which we had warm (very welcome after having just trudged through the snow to the restaurant) and offered some food recommendations. There wasn't a dish we didn't like but the Sashimi was a standout, as were the sauteed scallops. After a sake and several delicious share plates, my partner and I left full and satisfied having only paid ¥7600 which, for the quality of the food, we were very happy with. Will definitely be back if we find ourselves in Kanazawa again.
  • This is one of my favorite markets to visit in Japan. They redid the whole thing several years ago, and the atmosphere of the place and the overall quality of the eateries declined, but there are still small gems in here and the stuff from the vendors is fantastic. I am particularly fond of the iwa-nori, a particular type of seaweed. I've never found it as good as it is from the vendors here! Whether you are looking for something specific or not, and even if you don't particularly enjoy seafood, this is still a great place to get lost in and enjoy for an hour or two!
  • I loved the experience that you can buy the freshest sweet shrimp, oyster, uni and eat at the spot. I also bought boiled crab for take out, they cleaned and cut for easy eating. The markets has lots of eatery standings. It is really fun place to visit.
  • Excellent Food Come here to take advantage of the delicious food that you can purchase. Whether it's fresh Sushi, Sashimi, or Uni. Every corner offered something different. There are also several restaurants that you can eat at if you're early enough, or are willing to wait in line for. I would suggest looking to see what the locals purchase in terms of treats and goodies on the fly.
  • Very interesting indoor street market. Lots and lots of different types of fish and vegetables. A bit of meat is also displayed. Each entry has some restaurants mainly for bowls of fish and plates of sushi. Second floor is where you will find the restaurants. To access second floor you can use the escalators at the main entrance or by searching the toilets entry. (Most of them are in that second floor)

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The well-preserved castle town of Kanazawa has a good range of accommodations, with the most popular among them sitting in tall modern blocks overlooking the historical areas of town, or the more commercial parts. Look to the west of the castle grounds for some particularly well-positioned options, offering urban views, spas, pools, and restaurants. North-west from here, close to the main train station, you'll find a good selection of slightly simpler options in tall blocks, while the residential districts across the city house simple guesthouses and the odd hostel.
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