The morning markets open in various parts throughout the city epitomize the energy of Hachinohe. In particular, the Tatehana Ganpeki Asaichi (Morning Market at Tatehana Wharf), which spreads along the wharf, is a sight to behold. How about getting a sense of the life in this port town by touring around the morning markets and traditional sake breweries?
- Recommended time of year:
- Sundays from mid-March to December (when Tatehana Ganpeki Asaichi (Morning Market at Tatehana Wharf) is open)
- Recommended time of day:
- Morning (depart around 6:00AM to 7:00AM)
- Time required:
- Approximately 3+ hours
Stay overnight at a hotel in downtown Hachinohe,
then depart early in the morning
Hachinohe Downtown Terminal (Mikkamachi/Yokamachi) Bus Stop
Ride on Sunday morning market circuit bus “Isaba” for 15 minutes (runs on Sundays from April to November)
Tatehana Gyoko-mae Bus Stop
Time required : 60+ minutes)
This 800m-long market has over 300 vendors, making it the largest morning market in Japan, with over 10,000 visitors. The scale and variety of goods will surely surprise you!
*You can also enjoy Mutsuminato Ekimae Asaichi (Morning Market in front of Mutsuminato Station) all year round on weekdays and Saturdays.
Time required : 20 minutes
Take in a panoramic view of the Hachinohe harbor and streets from Guretto Tower Minato.
Time required : 10 minutes
This shrine has been considered as a symbol of this port town since olden times. This shrine is also where “Raia no Inori (A Liar’s Prayer),” a film based in Hachinohe, was filmed.
Time required : 30-40 minutes
This sake brewery has been operating here since the Edo era. The building, registered as a national tangible cultural asset, has a sense of dignity. View the sake-brewing process and enjoy a blind tasting of their popular labels Mutsu 8000 and Mutsu Otokoyama. (Reservation required)
JR Mutsuminato Station
Ride on JR Hachinohe Line
Hachinohe Station / Hon-Hachinohe Station (downtown)
◎Ride on Sunday morning market circuit bus “Isaba” (runs on Sundays from April to end of November)
◎Tatehana Ganpeki Asaichi (Morning Market at Tatehana Wharf) is open every day from mid-March to December. On weekdays and Saturdays, head to the Mutsuminato Ekimae Asaichi (Morning Market in front of Mutsuminato Station) for original breakfasts of fresh sashimi, rice and miso soup. (Excluding the second Saturday of every month)
◎If you are departing from Hachinohe Station or Hon-Hachinohe Station and visiting the Mutsuminato Ekimae Asaichi (Morning Market in front of Mutsuminato Station) on a weekday or Saturday, it is convenient to use Mutsuminato Station on JR Hachinohe Line.