Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon

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Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon

Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon
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Other Food & Drink • Farmers Markets
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Dandelious
Hong Kong, China138 contributions
Fresh seafood at affordable price
Feb 2020 • Solo
To buy food in the centre, one has to buy tickets (1500 Yen for 10 tickets) to exchange for food. The stalls in the centre offers a huge variety of freshly caught seafood which would become sashimi. So I was given a bowl of rice (1 ticket) and went to the stalls to exchange generous portions of tuna, spicy roe, scallop (each took 1-3 tickets) etc. I really enjoyed this experience as I could pick the sashimi of my choice rather than choosing from a list of pre-determined sets. The price is reasonable too. Would recommend my family and friends who would like to try fresh sashimi to come eating at this centre.
Written February 28, 2020
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Ed_Uyeshima
San Francisco, CA2,002 contributions
Fresh nokkedon for breakfast
Oct 2019 • Couples
As an honest-to-Buddha native son, I have to admit with some embarrassment that I learned of this spot from a YouTube video about traveling in Tohoku where two know-it-all hakujins came here for a unique seafood breakfast before taking off on the Resort Shirakami train to make their way to Akita. It's a relatively tight space where Jamie W. and I navigated through three rows of vendors competitively selling all sorts of locally caught seafood, pickled vegetables, and some hot dishes.

It works like a carnival arcade where you buy coupons at the main booth in order to redeem them for portions of food. The idea is to assemble your own bowl of seafood donburi called nokkedon among the various vendors hawking their seafood as the best. Coupons come in sets of five and ten for 7,500 JPY and 15,000 JPY, respectively, but trust me when I tell you to get the ten-coupon cards because you'll go through them quickly. You start with either a regular bowl of rice for one coupon or a large bowl for two.

Fresh ingredients are gingerly placed on top of the rice by kindly elderly ladies (and a few somewhat younger men), and before you say "maguro dozo", your coupons are gone. Items range from one to three coupons- one for the veggies, two for most of the beyond-fresh fish, and three for the luxury servings like sea urchin. The results were delectable. We arrived close to 7AM, which allowed us first pick among the vendors, and ate in the small dining area on the side. There's apparently a lot more seating on the second floor. Just make sure you come here before leaving Aomori.

FOOD - 5 stars...way beyond fresh seafood that kinda adds up...but who cares?
AMBIANCE - 4 stars...simple with no frills
SERVICE - 5 stars...lovely obasans made me miss my mom
TOTAL - 5 stars...can't miss daytime dining in Aomori
Written October 25, 2019
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1760022
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan106 contributions
Poor quality and hardly fresh looking
Aug 2019 • Couples
Since this is in most tourist information, my wife and I thought we would have lunch. As we walked past some stalls and took our place in the line for coupons, we saw what was being offered and what others had taken. We couldn't find the exit quick enough. The quality looked extremely cheap and the sashimi quite dried up.
Perhaps breakfast time is better since closer to when the fish is prepared. Still, there are far better options close by.
Written August 16, 2019
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Bomoh
Mount Gambier, Australia681 contributions
Over rated
Jul 2019 • Family
The market stall holders have diversified and become food stalls. Reasonable fare at average prices but not many customers.
Written July 5, 2019
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SerCh
Singapore, Singapore492 contributions
Interesting experience but below expectations
Nov 2018 • Couples
Having been to Kuromon Market in Osaka, Nishiki Market in Kyoto and Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, we expected Aomori’s seafood to be even fresher since they are up north, near winter and near the sea port. But the quality of freshness here is not as good. The freshness even lose to the sashimi we had at Lovina mall the night before. We were surprised but having said that, the Nekkodon concept is interesting. We bought 2 booklets of coupons at the booth infront of the entrance. You pay a coupon for a bowl of rice. From then on, you can pick the sushi or food items that you want from different stalls as you walk down the market. Market is abit wet and slippery at some areas so be careful. All prices are stated clearly at the stall. We find the price here slightly steeper. We feel that this is more a tourist place. But still worth a visit for the experience.
Written December 18, 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,492 contributions
You select the seafood by yourself
Oct 2018 • Couples
Aomori Gyosai Cener Honten is an indoor market where there are many stalls selling seafood. You have to buy the vouchers yourself and get bowls or rice prior to select the seafood items from the stalls. It is quite interesting to DIY for lunch here.
Written November 13, 2018
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Asterix135
Toronto, Canada180 contributions
Fun lunch experience
Jun 2018 • Family
As others have indicated, you buy tickets that you redeem for a bowl of rice and sashimi toppings. Realistically expect about 15 tickets per person if you want anything interesting, so about ¥2000.

Toppings are generally goos and the build your own experience is fun.

Worth doing
Written June 27, 2018
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Chris H
Bristol, UK1,894 contributions
Well worth the visit – for sights and tastes of Japan food
May 2018 • Couples
Just behind the main shopping street in Aomori is this covered market with vendors eliing fresh local fruit, vegetables and fish.

One of the highlights is to buy a bowl od rice and a batch of ouchers, then go fro stall to stall choosing items to add to the bowl – some items are just one voucher, some two or three. Eating areas are provided around the market – upstairs as well as down. I believe this type of dish is called a Nokkedon. A previous posting provides an excellent guide to how to participate in this experience.

It was fascinating to see produce which we didn’t recognise and could not name. An English speaking guide would have been a great advantage..!!
Written June 23, 2018
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,171 contributions
DIY Nokkedon (sashimi rice bowl), an unique shopping experience not to be missed.
Sep 2017 • Couples
Japan is rice producing country and folks eat rice daily as their stable food. Japan is also surrounded by sea on one side and ocean on the other, so eating fresh catch of the day is sure a gastronomical pleasure. In Aomori, you can enjoy the both at the Gyosai Center Honten’s morning market where seafood, vegetables and fruits vendors within the covered structure offer you varieties of catch of the day, freshly picked produce from the farms, and pickled vegetables with pungent tastes. Oversea visitors traveling to this prefecture often make their efforts to visit this market for the experience of a DIY Nokkedon, a rice bowl with topping of your choices sold by independent vendors in the market. The Aomori Gyosai Center Honten (do not confuse this one with Auga Fresh Market-you will not find Nokkedon in Auga Market.) opens early in the morning at 7am and throughout the mid afternoon till 4pm; closed on Tuesday. The early morning visit is highly recommended. You will avoid the crowds and allow yourself time to shop whatever pleased you. But, first you need to stop at the Information Stall near the entrance of the first aisle where you will pay 1300 yens to exchange 10 coupons(or 650 yens for 5 coupons). There is a large poster posted below the counter and also one posted at the entrance area; it gives you step by step instructions to follow. After you receive a sheet of 10 perforated coupons you then stop at the rice stall (hanging with orange banner and “don” symbol) where you redeem your first coupon for a bowl of hot rice. After you have rice bowl on the tray you then walk through three aisles of stalls and decide what you like to have for the toppings on your rice. Not all vendors accept coupons for the purchase; coupons are accepted where vendors show color banners-orange or blue-at their stalls; orange banners are rice stalls and blue banners are raw sashimi seafood stalls. The selected coupon items sold at the stalls are individually portioned and placed in disposable dishes or directly placed onto your bowl by the vendors; numbers of coupon required clearly marked on the cardboards. If you don’t speak Japanese, all you have to do is pointing the item you want and look at the numeral sign next to it-either 1 or 2- to know how many coupons required. Some expensive items such as fish roe, quality cut sashimi, shelled fish, will need more than one coupon while cooked egg rolls, pickles vegetables, soup normally just need one coupon. Vendors that do not accept coupon redemption you will have to pay them with cash for items you want. After you have used up all the coupons you are done with the shopping and it is time to sit down and savor your breakfast DIY style. There are sitting area across from the Information Stall and two rooms on the second floor above the market. To get to the second floor you must exit the building; a set of staircase is next to the entrance. Drink water is free in the dining area. Wipe clean your table and dispose your food waste when you are done with your meals. During my visit to the UNESCO Shirakami Sanchi National Park I happened to meet a young independent traveler from Thailand. I asked where he was heading to next while we were on our bus ride back to Hirosaki. He said “Aomori, but just a short stop to try out its specialty Nokkedon!” Apparently Nokkedon has gained it fame that some people would make a special trip just for it. Nokkedon items sold by the Gyosai Center Honten stalls although mostly fresh with varieties but not necessary premium cuts. However the experience is unique and worth of trying it. The Gyosai Center Honten market is nearby the center of the town on Furukawa Street with large red sheet panel and name overhead and blue standing banners erected outside by the entrances; short walking distance from the JR Station and the sea port Area.
Written March 3, 2018
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DiyanaAlipah
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam44 contributions
Deeeelicious!
Oct 2017 • Friends
My sister and I specifically changed the date going to Aomori just so we can go when this place is open. It ended up being a good call, as the rice bowl was absolutely delicious! It was possibly the most fresh and delicious seafood I've ever eaten, and we really enjoyed picking a bit of everything.

I would definitely go back there again if I happened to be around Aomori!
Written December 30, 2017
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