Kanazawa's kitchen omicho market

On our trip to Ishikawa prefecture, our first stop at Kanazawa couldn’t be other than a morning visit to Kanazawa’s kitchen, the central market of Omicho. Established during the Edo period in the 18th century, it has been the main market in Kanazawa since then. The almost 200 shops and restaurants have the best of products of the area, and seafood, as Kanazawa is a coastal city of the Japan sea. The maze of streets inside the market can be confusing, and searching for a determined shop can be annoying, trying to cross over the flow of tourists. As we were told by one of the shop owners, the large incoming of asian tourists in raids during peak hours is a bit of a nuisance, as it makes many other people to go away. Avoid the peak hours like noon for lunch, and you’ll have plenty of free samples to try in most of the shops, and get a bite of the freshest products with almost no standing on huge lines. We had few objectives in mind, but due to the large number of people waiting in front of the restaurants we had to change our plans. We still had plenty to visit on our first day in Kanazawa.

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Opening hours:
08:00h to 18:00h every day. Closed on holidays, January 1st to 4th
How to get there:
20 minute walk from Kanazawa station. Take the loop bus from Kanazawa station, around 5 minutes to get to the market, and get off at Musashigatsuji stop.

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