Tohoku Week – Shiogama Fish Market


If you’re sitting down to a plate of fresh maguro tuna at a restaurant in Japan, chances are your meal passed through Shiogama. The commercial docks in this city north of Sendai handle the vast majority of the tuna trade in Japan, not Tsukiji Market in Tokyo as most people believe. Shiogama Fish Market is the wholesale market open to all buyers, commercial and individuals alike. Compared to Tsukiji where you feel you could be run down at any time, Shiogama is a retail-friendly market with high quality fresh seafood at unbeatable prices. And the fresh maguro here melts in your mouth like a filet mignon.

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