Omicho Market Tour

Omicho Market is not just a place to eat and shop; it’s a vibrant part of Kanazawa‘s culture and history. It offers a glimpse into the daily lives of locals and the culinary traditions of the region. Whether you’re a foodie or just curious about Japanese markets, Omicho is a delightful experience.

Omicho Market, Kanazawa


Omicho Market has been the culinary heart of Kanazawa for over 280 years. Known as “Kanazawa’s Kitchen,” this bustling market is a must-visit for food lovers. It features over 200 shops selling fresh seafood, local produce, and specialty foods.

What to Expect

  • Fresh Seafood: This market is famous for its variety of seafood, fresh from the Sea of Japan. Visitors can find everything from sushi and sashimi to grilled fish.
  • Local Produce: The market also offers a wide range of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies like Kaga vegetables.
  • Specialty Shops: Discover shops selling Kanazawa sweets, pickles, and dried foods. Perfect for souvenirs!

Culinary Experiences

  • Sushi and Seafood Restaurants: Many stalls and restaurants within the market serve fresh seafood dishes. Enjoy sushi, sashimi, and more at reasonable prices.
  • Street Food: Try local street food specialties such as seafood skewers and sweet treats.

Tips for Visitors

  • Best Time to Visit: Morning is the best time to explore Omicho Market. This is when the seafood is freshest and the market is most lively.
  • Lunchtime Crowds: The market gets crowded during lunch hours. Arrive early to avoid lines at popular eateries.

Cultural Insights

  • Seasonal Changes: Omicho Market is a great place to observe the seasonal changes in Japanese cuisine. The offerings change throughout the year, reflecting the seasons.
  • Local Interaction: Visiting Omicho Market offers a chance to interact with local vendors. Many are happy to share stories about their products and the history of the market.


Omicho Market is centrally located in Kanazawa, easily accessible by bus and a short walk from Kanazawa Station. It’s open year-round, except for some holidays.

Omicho Market tours

If you want to learn more about the market and the food on offer, we recommend a guided tour. If you take a city tour of Kanazawa, you can usually visit markets. But since you are going to the trouble, how about a tour focusing on the market or foods? For example, Kanazawa with a Foodie – Half Day (Private Tour) gives you the opportunity to taste fresh seafood.






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