Kanazawa was once a castle town in Kaga, a wealthy province that produced one million koku (150 million kg.) of rice annually. Although it is the largest city in Hokuriku Region, its traditional townscapes remain. Omicho Market has long been the gateway to the delicious food culture of Kanazawa. It is said that the merging of a fish market in Fukuro-machi that moved to Omicho in 1690 and a market at the mouth of Sai River that moved to Omicho in 1721 formed the basis of the current market.
Omicho Market has about 180 vendors selling a wide variety of products, including seafood such as crab and yellowtail caught in the Sea of Japan, Kaga vegetables, kelp, boiled fish paste (kamaboko), tofu, snacks, flowers, and kimono. The market features over-the-counter sales of a wide variety of fresh products. The cheerful calls of the vendors create a vibrant atmosphere, and the lively banter between buyers and sellers about seasonal food and the best way to cook it gives you the chance to experience shopping fun that you won’t find anywhere else.
There are also many restaurants at Omicho Market that offer delicious food made with fresh seasonal ingredients. The seafood bowl featuring sushi rice and sliced fresh fish (kaisen-don) is the specialty of the market. Sushi rice is topped to overflowing with slices of fresh fish. The market is located near Kenrokuen Park, Kanazawa Castle, and the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Visit these spots after you enjoy a delicious breakfast at the market.
- Kami-Omicho 50, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, 920-0905
- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- January 1st - 4th
Information accurate as of November 29, 2016.