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“Don't bother”
Review of Shinnantaru Market

Shinnantaru Market
Ranked #28 of 176 things to do in Otaru
Type: Other
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

I actually planned this visit along with the Otaru day visit. Stopped at the minami otaru station but the otaru kicho station is nearer ( the one for Grand Otaru Hotel)
Very very small market
The only sushi place was a mom and pop shop with ticketed food. The uni was not fresh at all
Don't bother

4  Thank AlvinCK
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Otaru was our first stop after reaching Hokkaido. Our hotel is Grand Park Otaru and we were surprised that there were two fish markets that were within 10 mins walking distance of the hotel. So on the first morning, we decided to check out the Shinnantaru Market.

The market opens at 9am, while some shops open slightly earlier. What we were aiming for was actually our first sashimi breakfast in Hokkaido, to kick start the day. When we arrived at 8:30am, the restaurant within the market was still closed. A shopkeeper selling seaweed approached us and helped to check with the restaurant owner what time they are ready for business, despite us not buying any thing from her. We were sincerely touched by her hospitality.

The small restaurant opened at about near 9:30am and we tasted the freshest seafood we ever had. The sea urchin tasted different from the ones we had in Singapore because it didn't have that funky smell and it blended so well in our mouths with the rice and wasabi.

One tip to note is that the ordering is via a ticket machine. You pay first and a ticket is dropped for you to pass it on to a staff for order. You have to be careful to choose the correct food based on the picture or Japanese characters (if you can match them). My husband ordered his Kaisen Don wrongly and it came out as Sushi. Nevertheless, it was just as delicious. We were treated by the chef to a complimentary savoury chicken karaage, and that really made our morning.

The market also had an ice cream stand where we had our first milky Hokkaido ice cream. Definitely an experience to wake up to at the beginning of our trip.

9  Thank afro360
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

The Shinnantaru Market is always full of tourists looking for a good buy of Japanese Pre-packed Seafood and snacks. I find this market value for money and the choices excellent. One can also taste some of the products that are on sale. My fellow travelers went wild on their purchases.
The rows and rows of seafood variety available for sale is just unbelievable. All variety of massive sized crabs, prawns, ocean fresh fish, and shell fish are on display and for sale.
I would highly recommend the market as a must when in Otaru, Hokkaido.

2  Thank DrYong
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Reviewed 21 August 2012 via mobile

As this is the market we had fresh sashimi for lunch , we bought some fresh vegetables like straw mushroom , cherry tomatoes , some dried scallop , as I think it's much cheaper here compare to the tourist street in otaru . There's a electrical shop in the building .

1  Thank kenkeh
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Highlight of our trip where we had a good sized live King Crab and a large scallop cooked fresh for only about 10k yen. Best seafood ever to say the least. Half the crab legs were char-broiled.

4  Thank daikin
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