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Nakaminato Harbor – Hitachinaka City

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 19, 2015

The harbor in Hitachinaka City (ひたちなか市) is famous in Ibaraki prefecture north east of Tokyo, for its fine produce and fresh seafood. The city itself was formed when the two neighboring cities of Nakaminato (那珂湊市) and Katsuta (勝田市) merged in 1994. For most young people it is better known for its rock festival taking place every year since 2000. Since I love harbors and boats of all kinds it is a given that I visit the harbor rather than the city itself when I travel in Japan. At the time of the big earthquake in 2011 all of the things you can see in these photos were wrecked by the tsunami but four years later the is absolutely no damage to be seen in the harbor itself. The fish market is especially interesting, but I arrived too late in the afternoon to do anything more than have a quick sushi lunch before the fisherman packed up their shops for the night. However if you have a big family and want to score a deal I can recommend being the last customer at the market, I saw a few big boxes of fish going pretty cheap!












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  1. trippiece said, on March 20, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Great pictures! Looks like a quaint little port town and anywhere with fresh sashimi is awesome! Is it easily accessible from Tokyo?


    • tokyobling said, on March 27, 2015 at 3:41 am

      Thank you! I would not say it is easily accessible from Tokyo. It is over three hours on the local trains with lots of changes and then a long walk from the station to the harbor. (^-^;) A car might be better!


  2. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

    the area looks friendly for a fish market. do they have many seafood eateries there around the fish market?


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