Nakaminato Fish Market
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  • Noa
    Hitachinaka, Japan13 contributions
    Fresh Fish!!
    Nakaminato Fish Market is one of Hitachinaka’s attractions. There were many kinds of big fish that you can not see at the supermarket. The fish market was lively, and it felt fun just to watch it. Most clerks were very kind and cheerful. At the market, I could eat large oysters on the spot. The oysters were fresh and very delicious. When I looked out to the sea, fishing boats lined up. They were so cool. Also, I went there on a weekday afternoon, so it was not crowded there. I had a great time. However, there were few shops open because I went there at 4 p.m. Most of the restaurants were closed. It was disappointing. Restaurants close around 3 p.m., so you should go there before 3 p.m. if you want to eat seafood in a restaurant. In addition, you had better go with your shoes, not sandals. This is because the floor is wet. It is crowded during lunch time, so it is better to go there in the morning before lunch.
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2021
  • MugiMugio
    363 contributions
    割安感はあまり期待できないけど足伸ばせる気楽に行く海鮮丼
    年末に千葉銚子へ行って海鮮丼が又食べたくて行きましたが、高い! テレビか雑誌の影響か混んでる店は凄い混んでて空いてる店はがら空き。 でも取れる魚はどこも同じだろうから空いてる店へ。美味しいですが割安感は無かったです。ただ、ブラブラ歩きながら食べた牡蠣は特大で美味しかったです。1つ250円!破格。
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 9, 2022
  • ana_y_xyz
    Osaka Prefecture, Japan860 contributions
    レストランは絶対事前調査!
    ひたちなか海浜公園にネモフィラを見に行った際に寄りました。駐車場に入るのに道路で並びました。お昼時で賑わっており、干物などは安くお買い得と思います。 レストランはどこも行列でしたが、とりあえず端の「海鮮丸」で並び、結局一時間待って海鮮丼を頂きました。 決して不味いわけではありませんが、並んで2000円弱も出して食べるほどではなかった…というのが正直な感想です。せっかく新鮮な魚が手に入るはずなのに炙りでだいぶ火が通った魚がのってました。観光地商品なのかな。 後で調べたら人気のお寿司屋さんはあるようでした。。残念。 その辺の生牡蠣とか串焼きとか買い食いした方が美味しくて楽しいかもしれません。
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2018
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ElianeW W
Hitachi, Japan49 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Everytime we are in Hitachi we visit Nakaminato Fish Market. This time could not be different so we went there to shop some fresh seafood and have a delicious meal. Unfortunatelly, we can say that this time was our LAST time, because we do not intend to go back again. Although Japanese people are an example of politness and gentleness we can not say the same of some worker of this market.
After the meal we bought some frozen prawns and in order to keep them frozen till get to the apartment we got a plastic bag and put some ice in there just like the other clients. My husband realized that some water was leeking from our plastic bag so he told me to go on shopping and he went back to the place where clients can take plastic bag and ice and took another bag to replace ours. While he was moving the ice from one bag to another, a salesman (or maybe fishmonger) started shouting in Japanese at my husband (who does not understand Japanese) and did not let my husband to continue moving the ice from the damaged bag to the other one. In the end the salesman (or fishmonger) just grab the plastic bag from my husband’s hand. My husband showed him that he was not taking more ice and that the bag was damaged the guy continued shouting at him embarrassing him in front of the other clients.
Then my husband left the place not understanding what was going on and he told me what had happened and I told the cashier in order to have some information and to complain. She told me that each client can take 01 bag of ice and it was exactly what he was doing, he’s just changed the bag because the first one was damaged. Before this bizarre situation we intended to buy more fish and eat some more kushizashis but after that we’ve just wanted to go back to the apartment.
Written January 20, 2019
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johntaro
Tokyo, Japan168 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Interesting to see wide variety of fish, oysters and the like. Avoid lunchtime because boards Tour groups arrive and then the restaurants are all flooded with tour groups. We had a great time at a small restaurant on the side of the port that was much too small for tour groups that served incredibly fresh sashimi as one can imagine.
Written October 11, 2015
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peppermint
Hastings, UK791 contributions
Nov 2016 • Business
Whilst in the city on business there was only a limited time for seeing anything, so on one day we went for a wander around to see what was available. I'm not a great fish lover, but the sights at the market were rather interesting. Expect to take in the fish smells though...
Written November 10, 2016
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duke0fprunes
Tokai-mura, Japan13 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
I did not expect much when told we would be visiting a fish market in the small town of Hitachinaka but upon arrival was very pleasantly surprised.

There are more types of fish available than I could ever learn all the names for and people masterfully preparing them to be cooked or sold, watching them work was fascinating. The place buzzes with activity and the so many sounds, sights and smells that it`s easy to get absorbed in the joys of what on the face of it is essentially shopping for fish.

In addition to buying a bewildering array of fish to try to prepare yourself there are also myriad street vendors selling octopus balls, various skewered fish, fist sized oysters and any number of other fish based foods to eat there and then.

There is also a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant which was madly busy but well worth the wait once we sat down and tucked in to the multitude of different offerings. We found it worked out quite nicely to book our names in at the restaurant and explore the market to work up an appetite, this made waiting for the table no problem.
Written May 1, 2015
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DanL917
Tokyo, Japan445 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
Those who bother to go to Hitachi Seaside Park (which I don't recall much about) are remiss if they are ignorant of the other things to see in area, such as this fishmarket, which is one of the more impressive ones in Japan for a diverse variety of seafood. The pics from the Japanese reviewers say it all.

I remember huge surf clams (there's a pic of that). The area is known for large, meaty flounder unlike the smaller tan ones found elsewhere in Japan like Amanohashidate. Mehikari is a small striped/spotted fish that is endemic only to Iwaki (there's a pic of that too). It's usually eaten whole or with the head off, lightly battered and deep fried. Be sure to try it when you are in the area. The fishmarket also offers gargantuan shrimp and rock oysters, that cost around 600 yen a piece. The shrimp are the size of baby lobster. There are restaurant and vendors at the fishmarket where you can buy fresh seafood dons or have shellfish grilled up for you.

A nice day trip from Tokyo (more like an overnight trip) is to see Mito, the Oarai aquarium (also overlooked), and this fishmarket.
Written July 9, 2014
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MaurTee
Melbourne, Australia928 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Our walk through this local fish market was too short. There was so much to see and also to sample. The huge oysters had long queues to eat one freshly shucked.

All sorts of seafood was there and locals were out happily buying. It was a great insight to how important good fresh seafood is to the Japanese. So many new seafood items to see.

A great place to visit.
Written June 6, 2019
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Liketorome
Dorset413 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This market is huge and sells every type of fish imaginable - alive, fresh, dried and every other way possible. Lots of opportunities to sample if you have the stomach for it. There was an enormous octopus in a glass case - felt really sorry for it - and the crabs were huge. You can also buy some fruit and veg and other things, and there are lots of fish restaurants too, but we found the whole place rather pricey.
Written May 3, 2019
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TravelWithUs
Christchurch, New Zealand83 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
It was awesome experience in japan to buy fresh food in market. Up to u to buy the fresh sea food and also you can buy live sea food as well. The fees it can be :)
Written April 4, 2019
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Exploration252062
5 contributions
Oct 2018
Fresh seafood market with variety . Famous among tourist but still good to visit. Open since early morning . They offer dry japanese seafood ingredient to bring back home too . Price is reasonable. If you like oyster, they offer fresh oyster and you can eat it onsite. Few stall for grill seafood which is fresh and juicy. Also have many sushi place and good for lunch . Worth to visit if you like local market life. However, be aware of the wet floor , like other local fresh market .
Written October 25, 2018
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Mic C
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan130 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We went there after visiting Hitachi Seaside Park and used the 1 day pass (unlimited minato line rides + park entrance fee). Because it was already 4:30pm when we got there, I wasn't sure if the vendor tried to sell the fish so they gave us discounts or not but the prices of seafoods were pretty low! We then had conveyor belt sushi for dinner! Yummy and fresh!
Written October 21, 2018
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