Yaizu: Japan’s greatest sushi market destination even most foodies have never heard of that

Welcome to the kingdom of fish

Welcome to the kingdom of fish.

Japan’s best locations may also be on your dream trip if you’re a sushi fan, or have a taste of travel?. In Hokkaidos Hakodate, Ishikawas Kanazawa, Tokyos Tsukiji, Toyosu among the elite fishing stocks.

But theres a fantastic fish market, and a wide selection of restaurants where you can have the option of enjoying the freshest possible sushi and sashimi, that has been flying under the foodie radar for long.

Somewhere are those? You could ask. Shizuoka Prefecture is a tourist city that doesnt have the same cachet as other places mentioned above. Yaizu Fish Center, or Yaizu Sakana Center, is what its called in Japanese, for quite some time.

Welcome to the kingdom of fish, reads the sign above the entrance gate to the facility, looking more like a regional theme park than a fish market.

Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa stumbles across Yaizu Fish Center during tour to visit Japans number-one disaster shelter manufacturer, gate pulls him in like a magnet. He could find local pub signs of their meal at the gimmick before heading to convenience store.

In his first place, he saw all the mouth-watering menus, all his willpower didn’t fit in. Seiji knew his duty to make rounds of facility first, then pick restaurant that was best in terms of appeal.

Restaurants scattered throughout the market, market itself big. Yaizu Fish Center focuses on fresh fish, but also on canned seafood, tsukudani, simmered seafood, seaweed. Seiji had banners hanging from the ceiling designating certain rows as Maguro Road, Crab Row, and the like, which gave him the opportunity to navigate the market without getting lost.

= Maguro Road

The vast majority of restaurants specialize in sushi, sashimi

But there are also places serving up things like hamburger steak, Okinawan noodles, as is the kitchen pictured below.

But Seiji wasnt yet on holiday from first Yaizu Fish Center trip; after looking at all his options, he decided on restaurant Tekkadon Yamamoto.

Open and inviting atmosphere. And what triggered the deal for Seiji was its dynamic-looking dishes like the one he ordered, the Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl. Yeah, At 2,000 yen (US$15.15) its not cheapest thing on order, and its also a long time to make that much into the restaurants meal ticket vending machine if youe paying in coins. But it all benefits, though, when you get this going through.

Ja, Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl makes its name from its slices of maguro (tuna), bintoro (albacore tuna), salmon, and way, too big to fit inside the bowl and instead spill over the sides.

Couloir itself served over cutting board.

Oh, and you get a bowl of miso soup as Seiji felt when he could pull his eyes off all that wonderous fish.

Seiji picks up one of the slices of fish with heart pounding, begging for stomach to grow with anticipation. So delicious and decadent the sensation was, he was overwhelmed when pinning one in his mouth swelled like hamsters.

Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl delivers on quantity, but that doesnt mean it’s all over quality. Outly the tuna, salmon sashimi, well but the negi toro (grated tuna with green onion). And while you cant see it in these photos, yes, there actually is also rice in a bowl, expertly vinegared to provide just the right flavor to tie everything together harmoniously.

Seiji reaches into realization he may be falling in love with sushi bowl.

Yaizu Fish Center is actually open since 1985, but off-the-beaten-path status means even a lot of Japan foodies have never heard of it. Now that we know about it though? Come visit whenever we can.

Yaizu Fish Center / Address: Shizuoka-ken, Yaizu-shi, Yagusu 4-13-7 4137 Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Website

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