“The Deadliest Catch” at Nijo and Curb Market, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan


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.

Located within the boundary of Sea of Japan and Sea of Ohotsuk, Hokkaido is like a haven for those who travel for food- seafood to be exact.

Though, seafood are not particularly cheap, one thing is guaranteed they are fresh.
deadliest catch (sapporo)

The best way to enjoy a boiled or grilled crab is to visit two of Sapporo’s largest public market- Nijo Market and Curb Market.
deadliest catch (sapporo)

Located within a few minutes walk from Odori Station is Nijo Market. Open between 7am to 6pm daily, Nijo market is a block of different booths selling mainly local produce and variety of seafood.
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)

Bigger by size in comparison to Nijo market and with more product selection is the Curb Market.

Comparable to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish market, the Curb Market is actually located outside Sapporo’s Central Wholesale Market, where bidding for the biggest catch takes place daily.
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)

With a total of 80 stores, local residents and tourists go to Curb Market to buy the season local produce (melons, potatoes, corn) and seafood (crab, salmon roe, scallops, tiger prawns to name a few).
I bought a slice of melon for a price of 200 yen and I am not exaggerating when I say that it is the sweetest melon I ever tasted.
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)

Both markets are so used to tourist, in fact they even courage wanderer like me to take photographs, something I never experienced in Tsukiji.
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)

Similar to other public markets in Japan, the best timing to visit both market is early morning and have a domburi (seafood served over rice) or sushi for breakfast.
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)
deadliest catch (sapporo)

I often joked with my friends that if I grew up or even spent the rest of my life in Hokkaido, I will live more than a hunder years old, you know that feeling of knowing that what you are eating is not only tasty but fresh and healthy.