Fishing port and fish market: See the fishermen unload the catch of the day, experience the auction atmosphere and then visit the fish market.
From 3,500 yen per person
Visit the port to see the unloading of the fish and the auction with a guide, then visit the fish market, google map around this port
7:00-9:00 (1 hour and half – 2 hours)
Reservation required for a guide on this tour
(Reservation deadline: 7 days )
Buy fish with the guide and grill them on the small grills called Shichirin.
Total costs with guide 3,500 yen ＋option costs 2,500 yen
Fishing Port and fish market:
See the fishermen unload the catch of the day, experience the auction atmosphere and then visit the fish market.
Tour schedule 7:00 Unloading of fishing boats – 7:30 Fish auction – 8:00 Fish market – 8:30 as an option Fish grilling experience with a small charcoal grill.
The ocean around the rias coast in this area is the place where the warm and cold currents meet at the fishing ground. It is also said that there is spring fresh water from the seabed which contains lots of minerals from the mountains. Therefore you can find so many varieties of fish at the auction.
Following the instruction of the guide at the fishing port you first see the unloading fishing boats then you can see fish auctions. After the fishing port you also visit the fish market where you can find fresh fish directly from the port.
If you wish you can buy some fish at the market, they’ll cut into pieces so you can grill them on the special small grills with charcoal called Shichirin at the parking lot.
【Available schedule 】Fishing port closed Wed. and Sun. and market opened through the year
Shichirin grill place 8:00-14:00 March to November and closed Wed. and stormy days
【Reservations】For a guide
Department of Tourism, Obama
24-45-2 Wakuri, Obama city, Fukui
Tel : (+81)770-56-3366
【Video explaining fish market number counting fingerprints】
Q: What kind of fish can we find at the auction?
A: You can find sea bream, tile fish, blow fish, sea bass, sword fish yellowtail, mackerel, horse mackerel, Spanish mackerel, squid, shrimp etc.
Q: What is Shichirin and how to use it?
A: Shichirin is a small Japanese charcoal grill which is portable and handy. On the top over the charcoals the metal net is set where you can put cut fish for grilling. The guide helps you to grill them.
Q: Can we buy fish during the auction?
A: Unfortunately you can’t buy fish during auction because wholesalers and professional chefs are looking for fish for their commercial uses. You can buy fish in the market later.
Q: Are there any restaurants which serve fresh fish nearby?
A: There is only one local restaurant in the market. If you want to buy fish with the chef in a sushi restaurant and he cooks in front of you for dinner, please consult with Wakasa Obama Tourism Association & Information center.
Q: How do they decide the price in the fish auction?
A: With the movements of the fingers they quickly understand the price and the person who showed the highest amount can get the fish. There is a short video about fingers and numbers for the auction.