The Central Fish Market in Sapporo has an amazing number of marine creatures on sale both alive and dead.
Atka mackerel, Pleurogrammus monopterygius, or shimahokke (shima means stripe in Japanese) is a favorite of Japanese cuisine and is especially known as a delicacy from Hokkaido, with catches of the fish made off the Shiretoko Peninsula in the Sea of Okhotsk in the far north of the island.
The fish is named after the island of Atka in the Aleutians.
Atka mackerel are bought charcoal grilled and have a salty and oily taste, much beloved in Japan.
A smaller fish market in Sapporo where you can find shimahokke is the Nijo Fish market near Odori Station.
Central Fish Market Sapporo
North 11, West 21
Map of Sapporo Central Market
Sapporo Central Fish market is a 10-minute walk from JR Soen Station or Nijuyonken subway station on the Tozai Line.
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