Barbecue of fresh seafood on charcoal fire at Hachinohe's huge market called "Hasshoku Center"
If you want to know the delicious food of the land you visit, first go to the market! When you come to the one of the leading port towns in Tohoku, Hachinohe City in Aomori Prefecture, the spot you want to stop by is one of the largest local market "Hasshoku Center", where all the tastes of Hachinohe are collected. Of course you can buy fresh seafood just landed at Hachinohe Port as well as processed fish products, not only that you can grill the ingredients you purchased on charcoal fire on the spot but also taste sushi and seafood rice bowl at restaurant. While enjoying communication with people at the market, you can fully enjoy shopping and eating in one place.
Just landed and fresh! Lively Hachinohe meals are all lined up
"Hasshoku Center" is a huge market of Hachinohe where approximately 60 fresh fish shops and restaurants are lining up. Because the bus bound for “Hasshoku Center” from JR Hachinohe Station leaves according to the arrival time of the Shinkansen, you can easily incorporate it into your trip schedule.
When entering the hall, fresh seasonal seafoods are all lined up such as natural scallops, big shrimps, moving crabs! Also there are all various foods fit for Aomori souvenir, such as fresh vegetables from the farm, dry foods and local sake. Local people working at the market will also talk to the traveler frankly, so you can enjoy shopping while asking them what’s the recommended fish or how to eat.
Hachinohe is abundant in marine products, a variety of processed fish products are also available. The canned food of “Ichigoni” which is a local dish including abalone and sea urchin, dried adductor muscle of scallops which are good to have with sake and small subdivided dashi pack etc. are all enjoyable as Japanese taste and easy to be brought back home, fit for souvenirs. There are some items you can try, so please look for your favorite taste.
Besides that, classic Aomori souvenirs such as an apple juice which is a special product of Aomori, crispy southern rice crackers called Nanbu Senbei which is well-known to the local people and Japanese sake are also available. We’re sure you will find what you want here, because there are plenty of items.
In the large hall, there are rest spaces where tables and chairs are placed, so you can occasionally take a break while walking around the shops."
Grill the fresh seafood from the market on charcoal fire at "Shichirin-mura”
"There are lots of delicious fishes! But it is difficult to take out raw seafood ..." You don’t have to give up like this! At “Shichirin-mura” within the building, you can grill seafoods you purchased at the “Hasshoku Center” on charcoal fire and you can enjoy them there.
You can bring any foods such as seafoods and meats, as long as they are sold inside the hall. If you say “I will eat at Shichirin-mura” when purchasing food at a shop, then they will clean and cut the fish and remove the shells of scallops or oysters, so you can eat them easier. There are also some shops selling seasonal seafood set for eating at Shichirin-mura."
"When all the foods are ready, let’s complete the enrollment at the reception and be seated. It is okay to complete the enrollment at the reception after purchasing foods on weekdays, but on weekends there will be more people coming so it is better to reserve seats beforehand.
Because the fire of charcoal brazier is warmed up beforehand, all you have to do is just grill the foods! Besides chopsticks and plates, there are seasonings you can use, such as soy sauce and salt, so you can make your own favorite taste. The seafoods, by grilled on charcoal fire, their umami taste have been strengthened and they become exceptionally delicious. Even if foods are run out, you can purchase more within the limit of 2 hours.
Besides, there are lots of restaurants inside the hall. At ""Aji-Yokocho"", where the restaurants of ramen and set meals of hand-made household dishes etc. are lined up, you can enjoy the taste of Hachinohe inexpensively. “Kuriya Stadium”, where seafood dishes such as sushi or seafood rice bowl can be tasted, is open until 21 o'clock at night, so you can enjoy fresh Hachinohe seafood meals even at the late arrival."