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Model sightseeing course

Port Town / Hachinohe Morning Market Stroll

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

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?

Details

Stay overnight at a hotel in downtown Hachinohe, then depart early in the morning

Walk

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

Short walk

Tatehana Wharf Morning Market

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.

10-minute walk

Tatehana Park

Time required : 20 minutes

Take in a panoramic view of the Hachinohe harbor and streets from Guretto Tower Minato.

5-minute walk

Daisuke Shrine

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.

1-minute walk

Hachinohe Shuzo (sake brewery)

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)

10-minute walk

JR Mutsuminato Station

Ride on JR Hachinohe Line

Hachinohe Station / Hon-Hachinohe Station (downtown)

Remarks

 

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.