More-Than-Century-Old Nijo Market: A Mini “Tsukiji Fish Market” In The Heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan 日本北海道历史悠久的二条市场, 札幌
Go anywhere in Japan, and one thing becomes clear. The Japanese really LOVE crab. Apart from being blessed with snow, one thing that the northern island of Japan could rely on is the abundance supply of different kind of crabs namely king, queen, hairy and snow.
Japan’s love for crab is legendary, its crab consumption being one of the highest in the world. Typically eaten in the colder months, it’s the quintessential winter dish in Japan and there’s no better place to have it than here in Hokkaido. Hokkaido is like a haven for those who travel for food, seafood to be exact.
I have a penchant for fish markets because that’s where the freshest is found. No visit to Sapporo, or any other prefecture in Japan, would be complete without stopping by a fish market in the morning. The Nijo Fish Market in Sapporo is what Tsujiki Fish Market is to Tokyo. Even though it is much smaller in size, it’s still a great place to get fresh seafood and local produce right in the heart of Sapporo. With other fish markets I have been to, Nijo Market is the smallest and the cleanest. Easy access and no tuna auction to watch unlike Tsukiji Market so the expedition to Nijo Fish Market was a lot less tedious.
Who doesn't know Sapporo Beer? Along with Kirin and Asahi, Sapporo is one of the top three most popular Japanese beers. It is also one of the oldest breweries in Japan. It is obviously in the city of Sapporo that it was first brewed, in 1877. If you have the chance to visit to the northern island of Hokkaido, do not miss the Sapporo Beer Museum!
Visiting the Sapporo Beer Museum also makes for an interesting journey through time! Indeed, the museum offers a high quality tour on the history of beer in Japan. The first introduction by Europeans, the start of industrial production and more. This is also an opportunity to look back on the beginnings of the opening of Japan to the world, and its swift leap into modernity. Imagine yourself in the Meiji era.
I know what you're thinking... and yes, at the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to taste a few different varieties of beer that the company produces!