Delicious Abashiri Premium Seasonal Cuisine
(from the Sea of Okhotsk)
ABASHIRI Local Seafood Guide

In Abashiri, 5 kinds of crabs are caught.

Abashiri Premium Crab

Horsehair crab

Horsehair crab “ke-gani” from Abashiri is popular among both local residents and tourists. Horsehair crab grown in the Sea of Okhotsk covered with ice floe during winter is firm and sweet. kani miso is rich and delicious.

Snow crab

Snow crab “zuwai-gani” is said to have an elegant and light taste. It is often used in crab pot dishes, so it is viewed as a “winter food.” However, it can be eaten from spring to early summer in Abashiri.

Golden king crab

The golden king crab “Ibara-gani” produced in Japan is rare and is called “Phantom crab ” because it is not widely distributed in the market. Its taste is as good as that of the red king crab.

Red king crab & blue king crab

Red king crab “taraba-gani” and blue king crab “Abura-gani” are called the kings of crab. Both red king crab and blue king crab are caught mainly from around summer. Red king crab is caught outside Hokkaido, while most blue king crab is caught off the coast of Abashiri. Red king crab and blue king crab are similar in appearance. The common way to distinguish them is the number of protrusions in the center of the shell. The red king crab has six and the blue king crab has four . Also, the blue king crab is characterized by its whitish soles and long fingernails. The thick red king crab and blue king crab from Abashiri are called king crabs, and their sweetness and fragrance is among the best in the world.

Salmon is one of Japan's best caught seafood and scallops are exported to the EU and the United States.

Premium Salmon and Scallops From Abashiri

Salmon

Abashiri is one of the best places in Japan for catching salmon. The salmon grown in Abashiri migrate through the Sea of Okhotsk, which is rich in nutrients. It is fatty and firm. The meat is processed into fillets, Aramaki preserved, Yamazuke preserved and salmon jerky. The roe is processed into salmon roe and salted salmon roe. You can enjoy it with various dishes such as grilled fish, chanchan yaki and salmon roe donburi.

* In October 2014, Hokkaido approved that the Abashiri Fisheries Cooperative Association’s fish-landing system complies with the EU sanitary management standards. As a result, Abashiri salmon processed at EU-HACCP certified facilities in the city has been exported to the EU. (This is the first time in Japan since 1995.)

Scallops

When winter comes, the Sea of Okhotsk and Notoroko Lake are closed by ice. However, it becomes a more nutritious environment due to the plankton-rich drift ice and so on. The scallops from Abashiri grown in a nutritious environment are slightly sweet and have an excellent texture. They are perfect for various dishes such as sashimi, grilled with butter or fried.

* In October 2013, the area off the coast of Abashiri-City was certified by the EU as the “Sea Area for Producing Scallops for Export to the EU”. As a result, “Abashiri Scallops” processed at the “EU-HACCP Certified Facilities” in the city were exported to the EU.

The Seafood of Abashiri

Finest Seafood From Abashiri

Sea urchins

The sea urchins mainly caught in Abashiri are a species called short-spined sea urchin. It is characterized by its vivid color and rich taste.

Dried fish

Dried fish such as Atka mackerel, channel rockfish, flounder and herring are one of the typical tastes of Abashiri. Please enjoy the dried fish with a condensed flavor. It is also perfect as a souvenir.

Salmon roe & salted salmon roe

Roe of salmons and pink salmons is a gem of the sea that contains plenty of nutrients from the Sea of Okhotsk. Roe pickled in salt is called salted salmon roe, and the egg sacs are removed from the salted salmon roe and seasoned with salt and soy sauce is called Ikura.

Kamaboko

Abashiri is the birthplace of frozen ground fish “surimi”. The main ingredient is fresh walleye pollock, and various flavorful kamaboko (Deep-fried Kamaboko, grilled kamaboko, boiled kamaboko and chikuwa) are made. Kamaboko is one of the soul foods of the people of Abashiri-City.

Freshwater Clam

The catch of freshwater clam in Abashiri is the largest in Hokkaido. It accounts for more than 80% of the total catch in Hokkaido every year. The fishing season is from May to October in Abashiriko Lake, and mainly in winter in Mokotoko Lake and Tofutsuko Lake. The freshwater clam in Abashiri, which is very meaty, is perfect as an ingredient for miso soup or as a gift.

Whitebait and Pond Smelt

The catch of whitebait and pond smelt in Abashiri is the largest in Hokkaido. whitebait is in season in autumn and pond smelt is in season in winter. Both are seasonal fish representing Abashiri.

Seasonal fish

Spring April-June

Walleye Pacific cod Atka mackerel Flounder Channel rockfish Horsehair crab Crab Snow crab Scallops Sea urchin Freshwater Clam Pacific herring Surf clam

Summer July-September

Walleye Pacific cod Atka mackerel Flounder Pink salmon Channel rockfish Crab Scallops Freshwater clam Octopus Sea urchin Surf clam Hokkai shrimp

Autumn October-December

Walleye Pacific cod Atka mackerel Flounder Salmon Channel rockfish Crab Snow crab Squid Scallops Freshwater clam Pond smelt Whitebait Oysters Surf clam Octopus

Winter January-March

Walleye Pacific cod Atka mackerel Flounder
Channel rockfish Freshwater clam Pond smelt Sea urchin

Abashiri Seasonal Calendar

Salmon  →
Pink salmon from late July to early September
Scallops from late June to late October
Horsehair crab from early April to late May, late March
Horsehair crab from late June to early August
Snow crab from late April to mid-June
Red king crab from early August to late December
Golden king crab, Blue king crab from late June to late December
Channel rockfish from early April to late January
Sea urchin from early April to mid-August
Walleye, Pacific cod from early April to late January, early March to late March
Atka mackerel from early April to late January, mid-March to late March.
Octopus from late June to late December
Surf clam from late April to late May
Surf clam from early August to late November
Freshwater clam from late April to late October, early December to late December.
Whitebait →
Hokkai shrimp from early July to early August
Salmon from early September to mid-November
Scallops from late June to late October
Horsehair crab→
Snow crab from mid-October to late December
Red king crab from early August to late December
Golden king crab, Blue king crab from late June to late December
Channel rockfish from early April to late January
Sea urchin from early December to mid-August
Walleye, Pacific cod from early April to late January, early March to late March
Walleye, Pacific cod→
Atka mackerel from early April to late January, mid-March to late March.
Atka mackerel→
Octopus from late June to late December
Surf clam from late April to late May, early August to late November
Freshwater clam from late April to late October
Freshwater clam early December to late December
Pond smelt from early November to late November
Pond smelt from late January to early March
Whitebait from mid-September to late October

Local town Port town Abashiri Walk and look around

Fish Shop Map

Enjoy the delicious local fish at these stores!

* Please contact each store for information on availability and local shipping.
* There may be holidays other than regular holidays such as year-end and New Year holidays and Obon holidays. Please contact each store for details.

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Hasegawa Store

Address : 1-11-12 Omagari, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-2117

Mikami Shoten

Address : 3-4-8 Daimachi, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-0152-43-2780

BASIC Komaba store

Address : 8-1-11 Komaba Minami, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-0152-43-3110
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Kanekatsu Watanabe Suisan

Address : 21-19 Masuura, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-45-3188
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Kitami Shokuhin Kogyo Direct selling store

Address : 1-1-11 Shinmachi, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-43-2730
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Yokoyama Kamaboko Store

Address : 5 Kita 5-jo Nishi 6-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-0152-43-3893
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BASIC Hashikita store

Address : Kita 2-jo Nishi 4-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-0152-61-6555
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Sun Heart Marua Nojiri store

Address : 9 Minami 4-jo Nishi 4-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-0152-43-2671

Marukita Hokuto
(main store)

Address : 7-2 Minami 4-jo Nishi 3-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-5526 
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Sato Shoten

Address : 1-3 Minami 6-jo Nishi 3-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-43-3760

Sakana no Kanagawa

Address : 11 Minami 4-jo Nishi 1-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-43-2927
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Otani Kamaboko Store

Address : 15-1 Minami 1-jo Higashi 1-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-2387
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Konno Shoten
(Abashiri Banya store)

Address : 8-2 Minami 4-jo Higashi 6-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-0002

Masuda Suisan
(Abashiri Banya store)

Address : 8-2 Minami 4-jo Higashi 6-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-2211
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* The following offices are mainly engaged in processing operations. If you want to shop retail, please call each store in advance.

Tsunosaki Shoten

Address : 352 Yobito, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-48-2308

Miura Yoshimi Shoten

Address : 350-11 Yobito, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-48-2563

BUONO Okhotsk

Address : 418-11 Yobito, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-61-5500

Marine Hokkaido Plant Direct Sales

Address : 25-8 Kaigancho, Abashiri-City, Hokkaidō
Tel : +81-152-43-8536
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Maruho Abe Suisan

Address : 1-12 Kaigancho, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-43-2786
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Uchiyama Foods

Address : 4-69 Minatomachi, Abashiri-dhi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-5525
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Ushiwatari Suisan

Address : 15-10 Kita 1-jo Higashi 2-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-5084
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牛渡水産

Address : 15-10 Kita 1-jo Higashi 2-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-5084
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Abashiri-City Fisheries Port Division TEL.+81-152-44-6111
Cooperation : Abashiri-City Marine Product Processing Promotion Association
Photo : Hokkaido Art Co., Ltd.