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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市)

The Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市) is located south of JR Hakodate Station (JR函館駅), and as its name indicates, has many shops operating in the morning from 5 a.m. (6 a.m. during the winter) to noon.
The roots of the market are in farmers selling their products in the plaza in front of the station after World War Ⅱ. The market subsequently moved to its present location and developed into its current form.
There are now over 450 shops mainly handing crabs, salmon, salmon roe, and other fresh seafood caught in the ocean around Hokkaido, but also including vegetables, fruits, dried goods, clothing and a wide variety of items.
Visitors can enjoy meals made from fresh ingredients at restaurants in the market, with a bowl of rice tipped with sashimi!
The market is always very bustling, with over 1.8 million shoppers visiting every year!

Well, well, well, let's go!

Each shop has some fishing tanks like this↓

Alive king crabs, botan prawns,

Pacific oysters,



Pacific flying squids........... All of them are very fresh and still moving!!

If you like to eat a seafood bowl, I recommend the restaurant alley called Donburi Yokocho Ichiba (どんぶり横丁市場) in the market.

Tastes very yummy x 2!!!

One of the popular attractions here is a big seawater tank for fishing squid.

After we enjoy fishing squid, a chef cooks (slices) it. Would you like to eat very fresh sashimi?

See?? It is translucent and still moving!!! I love it!

One of my guests works in the fishing industry, and wanted to eat fresh sea urchin. We tried sea urchin reserved in the sea water (海水ウニ) first↓

Soon after that, we found some fresh (alive) horse-dung sea urchin in the market!

This was super yummy x 2!!!!

We also enjoyed hairy crabs, even after a big breakfast at hotel! Hahaha!

You may be surprised, but we wanted to eat something sweet, too, and found this local melon! it was very juicy and recommendable!!

During the summer time, you can enjoy super-delicious Yubari Melon here!!

And again we wanted to eat something salty, and enjoyed this grilled whelk!

We fully enjoyed the Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市)!

■Where is the "Hakodate Morning Market (函館朝市)"?
It is across from the JR Hakodate Station↓

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■Tour guide information■
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