5 Best Fish Markets In Hokkaido

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Hokkaido, Japan is one of the most amazing cities in the world and is famous for its volcano mountains, ancient architecture, and natural springs. Even better, you will have the chance to see the rugged Daisetsuzan National Park which is known to have the active volcanoes and Shikotsu-Tōya National Park which is known for its geothermal springs, not forgetting various ski resorts. Hokkaido is also home to many great markets. There are various places you can head out to grab your fresh fish and other seafood varieties. Here is a list of the best fish markets in Hokkaido which you might want to check out for a fish-buying mission.

1. Sapporo Morning Market

Posted by Hokkaido on Monday, 12 November 2018

This market boasts a large variety of fish that you can sample from for your meal. There are numerous types of fish to choose from which you can actually find - including live fish. There are various stalls that sell seafood from crabs to shrimps to lobsters and the prices are generally low so you can buy a lot. There are 60 vendors to choose from so expect the search for the best fish to be a long one, not forgetting the restaurants in the premises which you can stop over to sample the local treats being offered on the menu.

Sapporo Morning Market

Address: Japan, 〒060-0012 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 12 Jonishi, 20 Chome−1−20 丸果センター

Website: Sapporo Morning Market

Opening hours: Mon - Tue, Thu - Sat: 5am - 11am (closed on Wed & Sun)

Price: Free

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2. Nijo Market

Sashimi Meal at Nijo Fish Market
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Nijo Market is a fish market in central Sapporo where you can shop for fresh local produce and seafood such as crabs and salmon which make for a great meal. There are numerous stalls where you can sample seafood from and several restaurants which are great stopovers to sample a meal. The best way of enjoying a visit is by having a fresh seafood breakfast at one of the market’s restaurants which serve some finely crafted drinks and seafood that is to die for.

Nijo Market

Address: 1 Chome Minami 3 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0052, Japan

Website: Nijo Market

Opening hours: 7am - 6pm (daily)

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3. Sankaku Market

It has tens of seafood shops and restaurants on the gentle slope.

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Check out this great market that serves locals and tourists fresh vegetables and seafood every day. The stalls here have a lot of things to choose from which offer a whole lot of seafood that is usually either grown or bought. This is one of the most exciting places to check out. You will have the best time in this market where you can get souvenirs to take back home. It is a clean place and the prices are fair.

Sankaku Market

Address: 3 Chome-10-16 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0032, Japan

Website: Sankaku Market

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

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4. Otaru Seaport Market

Posted by Camellia Tseng on Sunday, 28 December 2014

Have a taste of the finest seafood in this fantastic market that serves its locals with the freshest seafood you can ever come across. Once you arrive in this market you will be welcomed by the scent of seafood with vendors selling the best they have. This is one of the most exciting places to also try out some fresh samples of fish before you decide to take your catch home. It is also a place to learn more about your favourite types of fish and to understand more about how to prepare them.

Otaru Seaport Market

Address: 5-1 Chikko, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0008, Japan

Website: Otaru Seaport Market

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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5. Hakodate Asaichi

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If you are looking for a place to buy some of the best seafood, this market will offer you nothing but the best. You can never go wrong with the kind of fish you love if you are looking for something to sample. Even better, you need to come ready to maneuver the narrow streets of the market which are often bustling during the day. This is one of the best places to sample a great catch before you head home to cook the rest where the local restaurants will serve you with some exciting treats which have been freshly made just for you.

Hakodate Asaichi

Address: 9-19 Wakamatsucho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0063, Japan

Website: Hakodate Asaichi

Opening hours: 6am - 2pm (daily)

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Don't forget to explore this beautiful city's markets

There are so many places to visit in Japan but be sure not to miss this gorgeous city! There are so many things to do and enjoy while here making your holiday a beehive of activities. Also, don’t forget to check out this superb list of the best fish markets in Hokkaido if you are looking for a place to sample some of the best and freshest seafood you’ll encounter.

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