Hakodate is the largest city in southern Hokkaido, and is well known for its seafood and sushi.
One of the things I love about Hakodate is the morning fish market that is open from 5am daily. Lively and bustling with activities, here you’ll find the freshest seafood and a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and Japanese dried goods.
A must-try is the seafood breakfast. Most restaurants are open by 6.30am and serve Kaisendon – a bowl of rice heaped with fresh seafood. You get to choose from a combination of cooked crab meat, salmon roe and sashimi – tuna, salmon, shrimp, sea urchin, squid or scallop.
I know raw fish early in the morning may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is absolutely delicious. The quality of the sashimi is excellent – fresh, firm and you can taste the sweetness of the seafood. Plus the shops at the Hakodate morning market are very generous with their servings. Kaisendon makes for a colorful, hearty and healthy way to start your day.
Directions: Just next to the Hakodate JR Station. We’ve eaten from a couple of the restaurants in the morning market during both our trips, and they are all good. If in doubt, just head into the ones that already have the locals tucking into their rice bowls.
Itinerary (Day 3): Hakodate Morning Market — Matsumae Park — Hakodate Park — Red Brick Warehouses (Kanemori Warehouse)