A short walk southeast of Aomori Station takes you to the Furukawa Aomori Fish Market, a series of buildings selling all manner of freshly caught seafood, not unlike the Tsukiji area of Tokyo. But inside the Aomori Gyosai Center (青森魚菜センター marked on the map below) there is something not even found in Tsukiji – the Nokkedon (のっけ丼). What’s the Nokkedon? It’s a bowl of rice for you to heap with raw catch of the day! The sashimi here is about as fresh as it gets, along with an offering of vegetables as well.

Where to start? Find the ticket booth and buy a set of orange tickets. They come in sets of 10 tickets for 1,080 yen or 5 for 540 yen. Then find a stall displaying an orange flag with the kanji that looks like a tic-tac-toe board with a dot in the center.  That’s where you can get a bowl of rice to get you going. It’s 1 ticket for normal size or 2 tickets for an extra large. Don’t worry about soy sauce and wasabi. There are areas in the building with tables for you to sit and eat at, and you can find all the condiments,  chopsticks and napkins there.

Ok, so you’ve got your bowl of rice. Now, what to put on it. Look around for the blue flags with the same kanji as before. You’ll see plenty of them. These are the shops that sell the various types of sashimi, fish eggs, seaweed, and other assorted delicacies that you can put on top. They are mostly between 1 or 2 tickets each (100 – 200 yen-ish), which is not bad for the quantity and flavor of fish you get.

The only problem is perhaps where to stop. For about 500 yen you can get a healthy dose. But once you’ve taken a seat, and started enjoying this feast of your own design, it’s never too late to get back up and add more toppings. Sashimi lovers would be well advised to opt for the extra large (omori) 2-ticket bowl.

Access: Available from 7am until 4pm daily except for Tuesday. Take a close look at the map link below. Zoom in a bit and get a sense of the roads. Basically, you walk east a couple of blocks from Aomori Station and then turn right. Walk south for several blocks and you’ll be in the fish market neighborhood. The sign on the building with the Nokkedon will read: “青森魚菜センター本店” but it’s probably most fun to just wander into one of the many other fish market buildings and ask how to find it. Friendly locals will almost certainly give good directions or take you there themselves.

Map here!

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