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A 3-minute walk from JR Akita Station. Akita Citizen Market is located in a convenient area lined with hotels. It houses approximately 80 shops selling the flavors of Akita. The spirited voices of the shopkeepers recommending their specialties to customers can be heard throughout the building from early in the morning.
Just walking around to soak in the atmosphere is fun! It serves not only as Akita’s “kitchen” for the local population but also as a popular place for tourists to buy souvenirs.
Akita Prefecture has the Sea of Japan to the west and the Ou mountain range running north and south at the prefectural border to the east. As such, it has an abundance of products from both the sea and the mountains. And nothing beats the freshness of a local produce market.
You can buy all the flavors of Akita such as local fish, salted salmon roe, salted cod roe, freshly harvested vegetables, fresh wild vegetables, fresh fruit, fish boiled down with soy, dry foods, local sake, and flowers; all the ingredients for Akita’s famous Rice Stick Hot Pot and Akita-style Fish Sauce Hot Pot; as well as all of your daily necessities.
Double your fun at the Citizen Market!
As you walk around the market sizing up the products, you will certainly hear the Akita dialect. You will get a friendly feeling from the unfamiliar yet somehow nostalgic tone of such local words as “bodakko (salted salmon),” “dadami (cod roe),” “bakke (butterbur sprouts),” “ke (eat),” and “nanmoda (You’re welcome).” Please experience the local atmosphere, and if there’s anything you would like to know about the products and how to eat them, feel free to ask.
Thankfully, most of the shops sell their products by weight. If you find a product you are interested in, you should ask the shopkeeper if you can try a sample. The nice thing about the Citizen Market is that you can sample various products and then buy only as much as you want if you like what you tasted. There are several freely available “Leisure Spaces” in the market where you can go to eat what you just bought if you’d like.
There are also restaurants in the market where you can eat.
The market is not just for shopping. You can also enjoy a meal. The conveyor-belt sushi restaurant Ichibanzushi and the restaurant Fufuan, which are owned and operated by Citizen Market, are also popular with the local residents for their carefully selected ingredients and distinctive flavors. You will also find a cafeteria that opens at 7:00 a.m., a restaurant with local ramen and Jumonji soba, an authentic Chinese restaurant, a coffee shop with beans roasted in-house, and others.
Akita Citizen Market
4-7-35 Nakadori, Akita City 010-0001
Closed Sundays *May be closed or opened temporarily at other times
Opens at 5:00 a.m.
Access: 3-minute walk from JR Akita Station