- Let’s Go to Kanazawa, Closer Than Ever With the New Shinkansen Line!
- Locals Pronounce “Omicho” With an Accent on the First “O”
- Perfect for the Visitor Who Wishes to Savor the Food at It’s Freshest!
Let’s Go to Kanazawa, Closer Than Ever With the New Shinkansen Line!
On March 14th, 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line will finally be open to the public.
That means that traveling between Tokyo and Kanazawa is only going to take roughly 2.5 hours, an hour and 20 minutes shorter than before! Timed with this opening, Japan is currently full of media content relaying the allure of Toyama, Kanazawa, and other Hokuriku locations, bringing more and more attention to the region.
Today, we will introduce to you the Omicho Market, which is known as “Kanazawa’s kitchen.”
Locals Pronounce “Omicho” With an Accent on the First “O”
Omicho Market is commonly referred to as simply “Omicho.” The locals pronounce it with an accent on the first “O”. It is said that the market began about 300 years ago when some merchants visited from Shiga Prefecture. At the time, Shiga Prefecture was known as “Omi,” hence the name “Omicho Market.”
Now there are about 185 stores and restaurants that line the streets selling a variety of goods such as seafood, Ishikawa Prefecture’s specialty, and “Kaga vegetables,” vegetables that are grown only in this area.
Shoppers are advised to visit at 9am in the morning when the market opens. It is worth the early visit because this is when you can find the largest selection of goods.
Perfect for the Visitor Who Wishes to Savor the Food at It’s Freshest!
All the good seafood is best eaten fresh. Travelers from abroad may find it hard to bring it back as a souvenir.
But do not despair! Some stores allow you to eat the purchased seafood on site at its freshest.
Omicho Market is best enjoyed not only with the eyes but also with your taste buds!
One note to keep in mind is that price negotiations are generally not allowed.
Closed: Varies from store to store, but many businesses are closed on Wednesdays.
Guide Map in English
50, Kami-omicho, Kanazawa-city, Kanazawa Pref.