Home to one of Japan’s 13 national fishing ports, Kesennuma has a lively fishing culture with high-quality seafood coming in from the Pacific Ocean. Although the region was severely devastated by the tsunami of 2011, Kesennuma has worked hard to revitalize itself and now has a flourishing fishing industry once more. For sushi and sashimi lovers, this Kesennuma Fish Market Tour and Sushi Making Class is the perfect opportunity to get to know local seafood up close and then try your hand at preparing it yourself! Local delicacies include shark fin (for the culinary adventurous) and momare-kaki (local oysters).
During this cooking class experience, you’ll first head to Kesennuma’s Wholesale Fish Market for an in-depth market tour with a guide. There is plenty of curious and delicious seafood available all year round, and depending on the season, you might be able to spot some boats unloading fresh catches of bonito, salmon, or even swordfish! Your local guide will tell you all about the regional produce and cuisine, and can also answer any questions about Kesennuma or Japanese food.
Next, you’ll head to the sushi-making workshop at a local sushi restaurant that specializes in freshly-caught seafood dishes. With the guidance of a local master sushi chef, you’ll learn how to prepare and serve the most high-quality sushi using local seafood. Watch the sushi master skillfully slice a range of delicious sushi pieces and taste some mouthwatering sushi for yourself. After learning about the art of sushi from the master, you’ll tuck into your freshly-sliced sushi feast for lunch. The trained chef has been a part of this family-run business for well over 30 years, and you’ll be privy to their expertise (not to mention, delicious cooking)!
By booking this Kesennuma Fish Market Tour and Sushi Workshop, you can support the local industries in Kesennuma and help the community that has been through so much hardship and still bounced back.
A guided Kesennuma Fish Market tour
Ingredients, tools, and equipment for sushi workshop with a local chef
Sushi lunch at local restaurant
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point is at Kasennuma Station
Please be reminded to be on time.