Kushiro Fishermen's Wharf
Relish the taste of robatayaki-style grilled seafood and katte-don rice bowls in this foggy port town
Located on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido, Kushiro is an atmospheric port town that is blessed with the very best of the bounty of both land and sea. It is renowned as a place where it is often foggy, because of the temperature difference that arises as a result of its position near the point where warm and cold currents meet. Close to Kushiro's port is a complex called Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf MOO. MOO stands for Marine Our Oasis and the abbreviation was coined to reflect the pronunciation of the Japanese character for fog, which is a typical sight in Kushiro. The name was taken from a similar attraction in the US city of San Francisco, also famous for its fog.
Inside the spacious building, which features an atrium stretching from the first to the fifth floors, there is a variety of stores selling fresh fish and shellfish and dairy products, as well as an array of restaurants, attracting both local citizens and tourists all year round. Kushiro is said to be the place where the fried chicken dish called zangi and the robatayaki style of charcoal-grilled fresh fish and shellfish originated, so naturally you can enjoy these here to your heart's content. In addition, there is katte-don, which allows you to pick the seafood of your choice to pile on top of a bowl of white rice, and sanmanma pressed sushi made with Pacific saury. This is a foodie's paradise, where you'll find it difficult to decide what to eat.
Address: 2-4 Nishiki-cho, Kushiro City, Hokkaido
Hours open to visitors: May vary depending on the facilities and season of the year
Closed: January 1
Directions: (Train)15 minutes on foot from Kushiro Station on the JR Nemuro Line (1 hour 45 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport via Kushiro Airport, or 3 hours 50 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport by Train). (Car) About 5 minutes from Kushiro Station on the JR Nemuro Line.