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Address: 19-8 Minatohoncho, Hitachinaka 311-1221, Ibaraki Prefecture
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A friendly regional fishmarket with lots to see and eat

We went to Nakaminato on a drizzy November day, so it wasn't packed with people, but we enjoyed seeing the sights and meeting the friendly fishmongers. Not a lot of English spoken... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2015
Deb A
Emeryville, California, USA
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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469 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

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...

Thank peppermint
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

My first time to come here was over 15 years ago. I STILL LOVE IT! I am a bit of an expert. I bring all my overseas guests here if they like sushi and have the time to go. The salespeople do not try to rip you off, nor is it a tourist trap of any sort. YOu can get... More 

1 Thank YamaBee
Emeryville, California, USA
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 22 November 2015

We went to Nakaminato on a drizzy November day, so it wasn't packed with people, but we enjoyed seeing the sights and meeting the friendly fishmongers. Not a lot of English spoken here, but everyone was very nice to us. We enjoyed fresh steamed crab on the half-shell, super fresh sushi and grilled scallop with butter, all at very good... More 

Thank Deb A
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Took the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway to Nakaminato station and picked a hand-drawn map from the station and walked to the fish market. It was already 3.30pm when I reached and the 5 or so main fresh seafood shops were already starting to clear their wares. There were also cooked seafood stalls and seafood restaurants selling kaisen-don and sushi. I bought... More 

4 Thank neminskii
Tokyo, Japan
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

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.

2 Thank johntaro
Toronto, Canada
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

One of the more enjoyable fish markets I've visited. I'm sure that what's on sale varies by time of year - when we visited they had lots of drying squid, various fishes, and most excitingly, fresh uni. They had tanks full of uni and for ¥500 you could get one cut open, cleaned, and eat the insides out of the... More 

Thank Asterix135
Gilbert, Arizona
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

This fish market is massive!!! We walk through the market, see real Tuna fishes and stop at the food vendor just outside the market. The Sashimi was very fresh and delicious!!!

Thank Air B
Tokai-mura, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2015

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... More 

1 Thank duke0fprunes
Sunnyvale, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2015

Was brought by a Japanese friend to see the fish market. It was amazing to see all the different varieties of fish/sea creature available, as well as the food stalls that were around. We got some oysters, that were ENORMOUS and good. Also, some takoyaki. It was fun to walk around, and we had lunch at a sushi place there.

Thank CadetBat
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

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... More 

1 Thank DanL917

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