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Seafood lovers travel from far and wide to visit Tottori’s Sakaiminato Fish Market, and with good reason—the locally caught tuna, crab, squid and more sold here are among the tastiest in Japan, at prices that can’t be beat.
Walk through the doors and you’ll swear you died and went straight to seafood heaven, with the stalls of twelve different fishmongers lined up one after the next, each displaying an impressive array of delights of the sea. From salmon in the spring and tuna in early summer to Matsuba crab—Tottori’s quintessential winter dish—from November to March, the hall is always packed with marvelous, mouthwatering specimens, many kept alive in tanks or frozen to preserve that freshly-caught flavor. Talk to the friendly shopkeepers, and they’ll be happy to let you sample their wares.
After taking in the sights and warming up your palate, you’ll want to head straight to Kaiyo-tei (Sakaiminato location), a restaurant located right inside the market, to feast on extravagant bowls and platters of the fruits of the sea, prepared in a wide variety of traditional Japanese styles. Once you’ve ate your fill, why not head back to the markets and pick up something to prepare for dinner that night? One thing’s for certain—once you’ve tried the seafood from Sakaiminato, you’ll never settle for anything less than the freshest.
From Izumo Airport, take a shuttle bus to JR Matsue Station (about thirty minutes). From there, take the Ichibata Bus to Sakaiminato (about thirty minutes).
Hours: The fish market at the Sakaiminato Fishery Products Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The market is closed every Tuesday, though some individual shops may be open.
Sakaiminato Fishery Products Center
9-5 Showamachi, Sakaiminato, Tottori, 684-0034