Take a look at the local dried fish and other specialities at the Maizuru Port Fish Markets (Toretore Ichiba in Japanese). (Photo: Bonson Lam)

Maizuru Port Toretore Fish Markets

Swimming crab and the best sushi north of Kyoto

Bonson Lam   - 1 min read

Gourmet travelers are known to travel all around the world for the best produce. Whether it is Hokkaido for the best crab or Kumamoto for Dekopon, you can see them planning their trips in advance. At the Maizuru Port fish markets, the fresh produce comes to you. Chat with the friendly folk at the market stalls and see, touch and feel some of the freshest crabs from Hokkaido, as well as swimming lobsters or clams. Once you have made your purchase, ask for it to be cooked for you, or try some succulent sushi at the market eatery. Nearby is a Michi no eki or roadside market, which sells local specialities not found elsewhere. There is plenty of free parking too. To get here you can catch a bus from the train station (every 2 hours or so), or better still, hire a cab or a bicycle from the Tourism Information Office at JR Nishi Maizuru Railway Station. It is closed on Wednesdays except when it is also a public holiday.

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric laneways of Kyoto last century.  I am humbled to have met many distinguished people during this time, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperia...