Mar 12, 2018
Very close to the city’s bustling center, the “Nagahama Fish Market” is one of the largest fish markets in Japan and boasts a yearly collection of over 300 kinds of fish and seafood brought in from the rich fishing grounds of the Genkai Sea, the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. In particular, the fish caught in the Genkai Sea are considered very tasty because they have been tossed about by the sea’s rough waves, firming their bodies. Because of its location near the center of the city, it takes little time to bring fish from the market to consumers to eat in a still very fresh condition. This is one of the reasons why the market is called the “Kitchen of Fukuoka”. To celebrate the market’s role in the sustenance of the city’s people, a special day has been designated as a “Citizens’ Appreciation Day”. It is the second Saturday of each month and on that day, a part of the inner market, usually only open to professionals (fish and seafood sellers, etc.) is open to the general public. All people can buy fresh seasonal fish, frozen products, and dried fish at cheaper wholesale prices. Visitors have the chance to see some special events like the cutting up of a “hon-maguro” (Bluefin tuna), starting at 9:30. This is a rare chance to see how professionals handle the world-famous Japanese kitchen knives. Also don’t miss the auctioning of the various parts, such as fresh “nakaochi” (leftovers from fish backbone), top-quality fatty “o-toro” and “chu-toro”, “akami” (reddish part), and “kama” (jaw meat). Seeing this event from up close and getting the fresh tuna is one of the reasons many people keep on coming to the market every month. Other attractions include the cutting up of other fish (from 10:00) and children’s sushi classes (with numbered tickets being distributed from 9:00). Many restaurants in the market’s central building are open from early morning, so you can have a great breakfast before the events start!
Nagahama Fish Market
Day/time: The second Saturday of each month 9:00 to 12:00
* This is the information as of June, 2017
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