7 Famous Fish Markets in Japan You Must Visit

Japan is very well-known for its fresh sea delicacies. If you go to Japan, you must go to at least one of these fish markets to enjoy the freshness of seafood you could ever have imagined!

1. Toyoso Market – Tokyo (previously known as Tsukiji)

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Toyosu Market (豊洲市場, Toyosu Shijyo), previously was known as Tsukiji Outer Market (築地場外市場 Tsukiji Jyogai Shijyo). Toyosu Market took over Tsukiji Outer Market and opened on 11th October 2018.

Toyosu Market consists of three buildings: two for seafood and one for fruits and vegetables. The market is famous for its tuna auctions, many tourists come to observe the auctions. The auctions take place in one of the seafood building. There are two ways visitors could watch the tuna and seafood auctions; visitors who didn’t make reservation could observe through the windows along the corridor, while visitors who wish to observe through the observation desk have to make a reservation two weeks to one month beforehand.  

In another seafood building, wholesale seafood stores are selling fresh seafood only to licensed buyers. Although it is not opened for general public to purchase fresh seafood at Toyosu Market, there are some restaurants for visitors to enjoy the delicious fresh seafood. If you would like to purchase fresh seafood, there are still a few wholesale businesses available at old Tsukiji Market.

Location6 Chome-6-1 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061
Opening Hours5am to 5pm
Tuna Auctions5.30am to 6.30am
Sundays, public holidays, some Wednesdays and others (refer Calendar)
Closest Station : Shijo-mae Station
Official Websitehttp://www.toyosu-market.or.jp/

2. Izumisano Outdoor Fish Market – Osaka

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Izumisano Outdoor Fish Market (泉佐野漁協青空市場, Izumisano Gyokyo Aozora Shijo) is located at the corner of a fish port. A variety of seafood including prawns, crabs, flatfish, sea bream, octopuses, and other seasonal seafood that are caught on the same day is sold directly here. The market is famous for its Hiruami fish, which is caught in the afternoon and put up for auctions. There are also various choices of seafood restaurants and barbecue restaurants where allow you to grill your own seafood bought from the market.

Location2-5187-101 Shinmachi, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 598-0051
Opening Hours10am to 5pm
Haruami Fish Auctionsstarts at around 2pm every day except Wednesdays and Sundays
Closest Station : Izumisano Station
Official Websitehttp://www.aozora-ichiba.com/index.php

3.Maizuru Port Toretore Center – Kyoto

Maizuru Port Toretore Center (舞鶴港とれとれセンター, Maizurukou Toretore Senta) is the biggest seafood market in Kyoto prefecture. There is a wide variety of fresh seafood which includes oysters, squids, scallops, crabs, Mackerels and so on. Apart from fresh seafood, processed seafood is available too. You can select the seafood you like and get them cooked or made into sashimi directly for you. There are also restaurants, sushi shop and souvenirs shop in Maizuru Port Toretore Center. Foreign tourists can also apply for tax exemption at the tax-free counter.

Location905 Shimofukui, Maizuru, Kyoto 624-0946
Opening Hours9am to 6pm
Closest StationMichi-no-eki Station
Official Websitehttps://toretore.org/en/

4. Omicho Market – Kanazawa

Omicho Market (近江町市場, Omicho Ichiba) has been Kanazawa’s largest seafood market since Edo period (1721). Its nickname is ‘Kanazawa’s kitchen’. There are around 190 shops and stalls there. There are stores selling seafood, fruits and vegetables, restaurants, grocery stores and so on. Omicho Ichiba is famous for its Kaisendon specialty restaurants. Kaisendon literally means thinly sliced raw seafood on rice, it’s one of the popular donburi dishes in Japan. The trip to Omicho Ichiba is not considered complete if you haven’t tried the kaisendon there!

Location50 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Kamiomicho, 920-0905
Opening HoursVary by stop, generally from 9am to 5pm
ClosedVary by shop, many of them are closed on Sundays and public holidays
Closest StationKanazawa Station
Official Websitehttps://ohmicho-ichiba.com/

5. Nijo Market – Sapporo, Hokkaido

Nijo Market (二条市場, Nijo Ichiba) is located in Hokkaido, where is surrounded by the sea and is truly a treasury of seafood. The fresh seafood from all regions in Hokkaido is sold in this market. Apart from seafood, vegetables and fruits are available in Nijo Market too. Nijo Market is famous for its Kaisendon specialty restaurants. Kaisendon literally means thinly sliced raw seafood on rice, it’s one of the popular donburi dishes in Japan. Nijo Market is also famous for its super huge king crabs. You can select the crabs and have the restaurants nearby prepare or cook for you, but make sure you go before noon to get the best ones.

Location 1 Chome Minami 3 Johigashi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0052
Opening HoursVery by shop, generally from 7am to 6pm for shops, 6am to 9pm for restaurants
ClosedVary by shop
Closest StationOdori Station

6. Karoichi Fish Market -Tottori

Karoichi Fish Market (かろいち海鮮市場, Karoichi Kaisen Shijo) is located near Karo Harbour in Tottori. A variety of seafood freshly caught from Karo Harbour is sold in the market. There are a few seafood restaurants in the market where the dishes are prepared with the fresh ingredients from the market. The market also organizes seafood cooking classes for children with free admission (refer coming events). Karoichi Fish Market is not the biggest compared to the other fish markets in Japan but it provides a very relaxing atmosphere. Only a few minutes from Karoichi Fish Market by walking distance, you can find Karo Beach where you can enjoy without have to pay the entrance fee.

Location3-27-1 Karochonishi, Tottori, 680-0908
Opening Hoursgenerally from 9am to 4pm for seafood stores, vary by restaurants and cafes
ClosedVary by shop
Closest StationTottoridaigaku-Mae Station
Official Websitehttps://karoichi.jp/

7. Ise Shima Central Market – Mie

Ise Shima Central Market (伊勢志摩中央市場, Ise Shima Cyuou Shijo) is located in Toba city in Mie Prefecture. A varierty of seafood freshly caught from Toba Harbour is sold in the market. There is a seafood restaurant in the market that can serve from a minimum of 2 person up to a group of 120 person. There is also a barbeque area where you can grill the fresh seafood from the market. The restaurants also provide oyster tabehodai (食べ放題), which literally means you pay a price and eat as much oyster as you can!

Location1-11 Asamacho Ise, Mie 516-0021
Opening Hours8am to 5pm for seafood stores, 11am-5pm for restaurants
ClosedNo rest
Closest StationIkenora Station
Official Websitehttp://www.the-asaichi.co.jp/