We really, really enjoyed Kanazawa. It was a welcome departure from Nagoya, where we were for a few days before we rode the highway bus north to this very gold-leafy capital of the Ishikawa prefecture.
Right after checking into our hotel (which was, again, a welcome departure from our Nagoya hotel), we took the bus to the Omicho market. The market was just a 10-minute walk from where we were staying, but we hadn’t gotten our bearings straight yet and the bus terminal was visible from our room window so that’s where we went.
I had read online about the Mori Mori sushi restaurant located within the market and the crowds it commands, so upon reaching the market, locating the restaurant was top priority. We found it without much fuss, because there was a line of people outside the restaurant. We joined the line, but Sarah saw that people had queue slips and I was sent to the front to figure things out.
Indeed, there was a machine dispensing queue numbers. Getting a slip was easy (you choose the size of your party and your seating preference), but figuring out the status of the queue proved tricky. I determined that we had roughly 70 numbers ahead of us and we decided to go explore the market while we waited.
The market is nowhere the size of the Tsukiji market in Tokyo, but it is definitely more visitor-friendly. No jumping out of the way for turret trucks and no squeezing between narrow aisles. I feel bad for the Kanazawa residents who had to bear the brunt of the camera-toting sightseeing crowds though.
When we headed back to check on the queue status, we saw that it had barely moved. In consideration of our growling tummies, we went to check out the other restaurants nearby. They were just as crowded so we came back to wait for a bit more (“Ok, we wait till 2pm. If the number hasn’t reached XX, we shall go elsewhere.”)
Then hor, Sarah discovered that we were reading the queue status wrongly! Instead of XX being the current queue number, it was actually an indication of the total number of groups in the queue. So… instead of being 60 numbers away, we were just 5 away!
Lunch was great! It is a conveyor sushi restaurant, so the atmosphere was pretty casual. We took our seats near the entrance and promptly started eating. I don’t have a photo of them, but the otoro nigiri sushi was the pièce de résistance. Everything we had was good and they were priced really reasonably too.
(Psst, the restaurant is cash-only. They also have a branch at the Kanazawa Forus Department Store next to Kanazawa station.)
Kami-Omicho, 50 Kanazawa
0900 – 1800 (most places are closed by 4pm)
First stop after Kanazawa station on the Left Loop (LL) Kanazawa Loop Bus