Shrimp, crabs, scallops... Tasting fresh Kyoto Seafoods.
Text : Yumi Oki
Once you talk about Kyoto, you can imagine numerous shrines and temples, World Heritage Sites, and moreover there are Arashiyama, Kibune, Kurama, Yamashina, and Daigo... having a strong image of flatland and mountain, but to tell you the truth, Kyoto is well-known for the sea. Maizuru Port located the northern part of Kyoto, which developed itself dramatically as an only one naval harbor on the Sea of Japan coast after Maizuru Major naval station was established in Meiji era. Maizuru Port used to be well-known for a port of call of Kitamae-bune (a Japanese freight vessel) and flourished as a commercial harbor as well.
Undoubtedly, there are plenty of seafoods as well. A roadside station called ‘Maizuru Port Tore Tore Center’ is the largest seafood market in Japan sea coastal area. A sushi restaurant offering fresh seafoods, other restaurant having a plenty of seafoods on top of Kaisen-don (seafood bowl), and moreover there are lots of Maizuru Kamaboko (boiled fish-paste) and Chikuwa (tubular fish-paste) speciality stores along the side. Certainly, you are able to be satisfied with products of the Maizuru sea.
Especially, the most popular way to eat seafoods here is cooking all these fresh ones, such as fish, crabs, shellfish, shrimp right in front of you as you like. Fresh crab and sea bream sashimi almost you can see through, turban shell, scallops, and shrimp on the grill make you hungry and even the children who don’t like fish so much start having big smiles. On the other hand, there are a farmer’s market called ‘AGURI’ which sells only products from Maizuru area and souvenir shops that you can find things from the northern part of Kyoto.
Moreover, there are a number of sightseeing places such as Maruyama Park and Repatriation Memorial Museum well-known for beautiful Sakura blossoms in spring time, and you can also see Maizuru Red Brick Warehouses established in Meiji and Taisho era. When spring comes around, it will be awesome to have fresh sushi and bento box from ToreTore Center and see Sakura blooming at the sea shore of Kyoto.
ADDRESS : 905 Shimofukui Maizuru City (MAP)
PHONE : +81(0)773-75-6125
HOURS : 9:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.
CLOSED : Wednesday (There are some irregular holidays as well)
WEBSITE : http://toretore.org/
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature