Wajima Morning Market

輪島朝市   Click to listen highlighted text! 輪島朝市

(wajima asaichi)

Wajima Morning Market
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Wajima Morning Market is a large, energetic daily market that has been in operation for over 1,000 years. Located in the coastal town of Wajima, in Ishikawa prefecture, Japan, the market is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The market opens its doors daily at 8 a.m. and runs until noon, except for the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

As one of the three biggest morning markets in Japan, Wajima Morning Market boasts over 200 stalls, with vendors selling a variety of goods. Freshly caught fish, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and various dried goods are some of the items available for purchase. The market is a great place to pick up ingredients for a picnic or to try some local specialties like sashimi or octopus dumplings.

Visitors to the market will be struck by the energy of the vendors, who enthusiastically hawk their wares to passersby. The market is also a great place to meet locals and learn more about the culture and history of the area. The history of the market dates back to over 1,000 years ago when locals would barter for fish and vegetables during shrine festivals.

In addition to food, the market also features stalls selling locally made crafts, textiles, and snacks such as sweet bean-filled rice cakes called egara manju. These make great souvenirs to bring back home or to enjoy as a snack while exploring the market.

One of the unique features of the Wajima Morning Market is the free grilling stations that are available for shoppers. These stations allow customers to cook their purchases on the spot and enjoy them fresh off the grill. This is a great way to sample some of the delicious seafood that the market is known for.

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