Nijo Market is famous for its wide variety of local seafood, for which Hokkaido is famous. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Nijo Market is famous for its wide variety of local seafood, for which Hokkaido is famous. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Indulge your inner foodie and sample Hokkaido’s world-famous seafood at Nijo Market in Sapporo

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

The seafood section of Sapporo’s Nijo Market isn’t on the scale of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Market — but the monster king crabs for sale there look like they could compete for Japan’s crustacean crown.

The market, a short walk from Sapporo’s TV Tower, includes about two dozen street-side shops situated along the banks of the Sosei River selling a wide variety of seafood.

Locals say Nijo Market dates back to the 19th century during Hokkaido’s frontier age, where it served as a pantry for settlers and was filled with stalls selling local farm produce and seafood — not unlike the market of today.

Vendors keep warm in Sapporo’s chilly winter temperatures standing beside gas heaters as they show off their wares available for purchase.

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