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Enjoy Fresh Seafood at “Maizuru Port Toretore Center” in Kyoto

Writer : takoyakikun

“Maizuru Port Toretore Center” is the michi-no-eki, or road station, with the largest seafood market near the Sea of Japan.
The fishmongers who set up at the Maizuru seafood market offer a wide variety of fresh and cheap seafood!
You can have the fish at the various stalls either cooked or prepared into sashimi for you, letting you dig in to the fresh fish right then and there!

Exterior of “Maizuru Port Toretore Center“
Exterior of “Maizuru Port Toretore Center“

I arrived a bit before noon, so it was relatively empty inside, but it soon got pretty crowded.

Counter seats in front of the tanks
Counter seats in front of the tanks
Table seats
Table seats

A Lineup of Fresh Seafood at the Shops!

The shops all put out displays packed with fresh seafood fished up at Maizuru Port.

Various processed goods too
Various processed goods too
Sushi shop
Sushi shop

Finally, Time to Eat!

Maizuru Wild-Caught Iwagaki Oysters (Grilled) 600 yen

The oyster shrunk up when it was cooked…

Maizuru Wild-Caught Iwagaki Oysters (Grilled) 600 yen
Maizuru Wild-Caught Iwagaki Oysters (Grilled) 600 yen

Still, the texture was great and it was super delicious!

I also grabbed some shellfish and squid from other shops!

Shellfish and squid
Shellfish and squid

Sazae (Turban Shell) Cooked In-Shell – 1 pc 200 yen

Sazae (Turban Shell) Cooked In-Shell – 1 pc 200 yen
Sazae (Turban Shell) Cooked In-Shell – 1 pc 200 yen

I didn’t get the meat and liver out in one go… fail!
However, the meat was thick and super tasty!! The sauce was great as well.

Sazae meat
Sazae meat

Hotate (Scallop) 300 yen

Hotate (Scallop) 300 yen
Hotate (Scallop) 300 yen

The rich umami flavor and chewy texture of the scallop is proof of how fresh it is!
Ahh, it’d be so good with some sake! (Too bad I can’t have any since I’m driving…)

Ika-Yaki (Grilled Squid) 300 yen

The squid had a nice, chewy texture. It was grilled to perfection!

Ika-Yaki (Grilled Squid) 300 yen
Ika-Yaki (Grilled Squid) 300 yen

Tsubugai (Whelk) 300 yen

The tsubugai had a nice chewy texture, just enough to have it spring back from your teeth.

Tsubugai (Whelk) 300 yen
Tsubugai (Whelk) 300 yen
Tsubugai (Whelk)
Tsubugai (Whelk)

Toro-Saba (Fatty Mackerel) 800 yen

The saba was super fragrant from the grilling, and the fattiness really took its flavor to another level!
If you’re a fan of saba, you have to try this.

Toro-Saba (Fatty Mackerel) 800 yen
Toro-Saba (Fatty Mackerel) 800 yen

Tsubasu (Young Amberjack) 680 yen

I also bought some beautiful sashimi.

Tsubasu (Young Amberjack) 680 yen
Tsubasu (Young Amberjack) 680 yen

In the Kansai region, amberjack that are 15cm long and under are called “tsubasu.”
In the same vein, amberjack that reach up to 40cm are called “hamachi,” up to 60cm are “mejiro,” and those even bigger are called “buri.”
Amberjack is a type of fish that gets called different names as it grows larger, known as “shusseuo” in Japanese.

If you don’t like hamachi much because you think it’s a bit fatty, tsubasu might be perfect for you!

Eating it with wasabi and soy sauce
Eating it with wasabi and soy sauce

There was still so much I wanted to try, but I unfortunately got full.
It was a fun lunch trip with things to see, food, and fun!

Basic information on Maizuru Port Toretore Center

OPEN
Address
905 Shimofukui, Maizuru City, Kyoto[MAP]
Tel
0773-75-6125
Business Hours
9:00am-6:00pm
Closed
Every Wednesday  (may be closed on other special days)
WEB
URL(English)