Traveling to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Sapporo? Then tasting the local specialties is a must!
Hokkaido’s cities are renowned throughout Asia as some of the biggest and best gourmet cities in the region. Since Hokkaido is surrounded by cool, clean ocean, the fishery industries thrive with Japans freshest and most tasty catch. It is also one of Japan’s best breadbasket regions, thanks to the farming and livestock breeding in its vast and wide nature.
Needless to say we should enjoy the full of fruits of the sea and Hokkaido harvests while we visit, so let’s explore the markets of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s main city, to find something fresh to sink our teeth into!
Sapporo Central Wholesale Curb Market or the “Jyogai Ichiba”, is the biggest food market in Hokkaido. Here, the freshest produce and fish are put on sale every morning. The outer retail market called “Curb market” is open to public and is composed of approximately 80 stores. These stores sell a variety of items ranging from fruits to fresh and dried fish, to Hokkaido’s specialties, sushi and other prepared foods. The freshness makes it a major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors. Speaking of Hokkaido’s specialties, these include highly celebrated seafood products such as crabs and scallops, farming products like potatoes, asparagus and melons, and dairy products like milk and cheese.
Located in the center of Sapporo, the Nijo market is open to public from 07:00 to 18:00 every day. It is exciting to visit the Nijo market because of its over 100 years of history, which contributes to great popularity among locals and tourists. Here we can enjoy sushi, seafood “donburi” (rice bowl) and fresh boiled crabs just caught from the water. Experiencing the Nijo market’s offerings is an excellent way to discover the true taste in Hokkaido.