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Guided Tour of Kesennuma Fish Market: Japan’s best seafood starts at the source!

Everything in this city starts and ends with the Fish Market.

Kesennuma is one of Japan’s 13 National Fishing Ports. Living in this city, you can feel everyday life revolve around fisheries. And Kesennuma Fish Market, is the heart that pumps life into port. In the wintertime you can see swordfish boats lined up beside the market well before sunrise as they unload their haul to be sold in the day’s auction. From spring to fall, boats from southern Japan: Kochi and Miyazaki, find their way to Kesennuma in search of bonito (skipjack tuna). On busy days there’s so much bonito being processed that there are dedicated machines used to sort the fish. Learn more here.

Kesennuma Tourism & Convention offers guided tours of Kesennuma Fish Market (in English) from Monday– Saturday, starting at 8 am. If you’re interested in joining a tour, please reach out to me (, or make a reservation online at TripAdvisor.


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