Kesennuma Fish Market

A place with one of the leading catches of fish in Japan! See lively auctions and catches

Kesennuma Fish Market is a fish market in Kesennuma Fishing Port which boasts one of the leading catches of fish in Japan. Lots of skipjack tuna, other tunas, marlin, Pacific saury and sharks are caught here. The catch of fresh skipjack tuna is the largest in Japan. This skipjack tuna is especially fatty from September until the last catch of the season. It is often sought after from around Japan as tasty modori (return) skipjack tuna.

You can see impressive auctions from the viewing deck on the second floor. It is really worth seeing when there is a large catch. We recommend you visit this fish market from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. when you will see catches and bidding. This depends on the catches, so there are times where there are no fish. However, you can enjoy the sight of seeing fishing boats anchored and black-tailed gulls flying around from the roof on the third floor at such times. 

General Information

Opening Times
5 a.m. to noon
Irregular holidays
*Confirmation required
By car:
◆Ichinoseki Interchange (Tohoku Expressway)→Take National Route 284 toward Kesennuma for approximately 70 minutes
◆Kesennuma Interchange (Sanriku Expressway)→10 minutes on National Route 45 toward Kesennuma

By public transportation:
◆JR Ichinoseki Station (Ofunato Line)→Kesennuma Station→10 minutes by taxi
◆Direct Kesennuma buses are also available from Sendai Station and Ichinoseki Station
Car Park
280 spaces
Official Website
[Official Tourism Information Website] Visit Kesennuma
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Kesennuma Tourism & Convention Bureau
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