October 14, 2018 – Kushiro, Japan
Kushiro is often known as the “City of Mist” in Japan because it is quite often overlaid with a thick mist most of the time. Kushiro, the most populous city in Eastern Hokkaido is a historic port city and well known for it’s strong fishing industry.
We opted to walk around the city today because it was a spectacular day…no legendary mist for us!
Our first stop was the “Moo” shopping mall right by where we were docked. We have been sending our grandsons postcards from some of our ports of call. The first thing I noticed was this vending machine where the prize is a crab, if you can catch it with the claw. Similar to machines in Canada for various toys but I have never seen it for live seafood. I admit I didn’t try it as I wouldn’t know what to do with the crab if I caught it!
We had heard so many people on board talking about the 100Yen Store (Dollar Store) that everyone seemed to want to find. So, off we went on our adventure to find this store. A few wrong turns and some perseverance and we found the store! Karen was excited but honestly not a highlight for me. A few small purchases of some neat things and off to find the Kushiro Washo Market.
As we are studying our map of how to find the Fish market, a local Japanese man comes over to see if we need help. When we show him where were want to go, he starts to explain and then stops and beckons us to follow him. This kind gentleman walks with us for about 15 minutes (no English) and walks us right to the door of the fish market!! No idea how far out of his way he went but ever so kind!
This port city is quite renowned for producing tons of fresh seafood and while in downtown Kushiro there are restaurants you can get it and order some local dishes, the Kushiro Washo Market is “the place” to have fresh seafood.
Katte Don is the special dish to have there. You buy yourself a bowl of rice, and then walk along the rows of shops selecting the ingredients you want to eat as toppings. There are also famous Hokkaido crabs there. The market is a haven for sashimi lovers like me! My bowl with 5 different sashimi choices was about $10CAD. Karen, who is not a big fan opted for another local specialty…fried chicken, about $9CAD. While the sashimi bowl was in my opinion, better, the fried chicken meal she had was very tasty too.
Our tummies full, we walk back to the “Moo” market for some additional shopping before boarding the ship. As we get set to sail away, the local tourism board provides some wonderful entertainment and a Grand send off!
Sayonara Kushiro! Thanks for following along. The next installment will be our visit to Yokohama/Tokyo.