Ohmicho Market
Kanazawa


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Ohmicho Market is a lively open-air food market near central Kanazawa that's patronized by both local household shoppers and restaurant professionals. Since the city of Kanazawa is famous for its excellent crab and other seafood it's not surprising that fish and seafood stalls are heavily represented here. Several vendors specialize in crab, and many other shellfish are also sold, including some unusual varieties from the local waters. (The Sea of Japan is very close, and gori and other local fish are caught in nearby rivers.)

In addition to seafood there are numerous vegetable stands and specialty vendors selling everything from pickles and konbu seaweed to chikuwa fishcakes. In the midst of the outdoor stands is a conveyer-belt sushi shop serving very good, fresh sushi at very reasonable prices. While the sushi shop is air-conditioned, the rest of the market is open-air; in the summertime huge blocks of ice are set up in strategic locations and shoppers can cool off by rubbing their hands on them.

















 
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