- The 6th of November - If you know what day it is, you must be an expert on Hokuriku.
- Yes, it’s the opening day of “snow crab fishing”. The people of Hokuriku look forward to this day. The next morning, on the 7th, the snow crabs with light blue tags will be displayed in the market. These tags are the proof that they were caught in the suburbs of Ishikawa Prefecture.
- Locals affectionately call the females “Kobako crabs” and males “Kanō crabs”. The fishing seasons are also different: until December 29 for females and March 20 for males.
- Snow crabs are not the only treasure chest of winter flavors. The fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, such as cod, nodoguro, winter yellowtail, and Noto oysters, gather in one place, and all the Kanazawa citizens enjoy the short-lived winter taste.
- Omicho Market has supported Kanazawa as the “citizens’ kitchen pantry”. It was opened by the Kaga Domain in Kyoho 6 (1721) and has pleased the stomachs of local people for almost 300 years. About 180 stores that sell fresh fish, Kaga vegetables and fruits, stand side by side on a huge site of about 20,000 square meters and today, the market conveys the food culture that has been nurtured by the climate and history.
- With the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, “Omicho Market” is now revitalized as the “tourists’ kitchen pantry” as well, not only for the citizens. This year, they will prepare for the season once again with an outstanding selection.
- Welcome to Kanazawa in winter！
- Address：50, Omicho, Kanazawa-shi
Access：15 minitues on foot from JR Kanazawa Station or take Hokuriku Railway -bus or Machi-bus No.6 to 9 from east exit of JR Kanazawa Station to Musashigatsuji bus stop.
Hours：9:00-17:00(depends on each shop)
Closed：From Jan.1 to 4(depends on each shop)