Wakkanai Fukuko Market - Hokkaido

Wakkanai Fukuko Market (稚内副港市場) is a place in Wakkanai City that specializes in newly caught and preserved seafood. It is located at 1-6-28 Minato, Wakkanai City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

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Wakkanai Fukuko Market

Wakkanai Fukuko Market details

Wakkanai Fukuko Market opened to the public in 2007. It became popular for its wide variety of seafood products. Locals and tourists would usually come here to buy omiyage or souvenirs whenever they would go travel back home or visit friends in other prefectures. 

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Wakkanai Fukuko Market - Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Aside from seafood products, Wakkanai Fukuko Market doubles as a tourist destination as it houses the Wakkanai Karafuto Museum on its second floor and a nostalgic Showa-era shopping street reproduction on the ground floor of its exhibit area. 

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The Wakkanai Fukuko Market is connected to the Wakkanai City Karafuto Memorial Hall

This is the main entrance to the Wakkanai Fukuko Market

At the far end of the market area, visitors can try out the sumptuous meals of the restaurants there. Some dishes are a bit pricey but I assure you, it's worth it (unless you have a seafood allergy). 

Inside the Wakkanai Fukuko Market


Check out that ship inside the market

Wakkanai Fukuko Market is best visited in the early morning if you aim to buy fresh seafood. Heads up though, most of the vendors don't speak English so better learn a few useful Japanese shopping phrases like "ikura desu ka" which translates to "How much is this?" but in a funny twist also translates to "Is this salmon roe?"

Some of the products sold in the Wakkanai Fukuko Market


Wakkanai Fukuko Market hairy crabs

Wakkanai Fukuko Market plushies

Wakkanai Fukuko Market dried fish


Wakkanai Fukuko Market vegetables

Wakkanai Fukuko Market fish eggs

I visited Wakkanai Fukuko Market for the first time during my Wakkanai Solo Backpacking trip last March 21, 2022, which was my 140th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme

Overall, I highly recommend that you include this in your itinerary if you are in Wakkanai City. It would totally be worth your time. 

Wakkanai Fukuko Market Entrance Fee

It's FREE to enter and explore Wakkanai Fukuko Market.

Wakkanai Fukuko Market Operating Hours

Wakkanai Fukuko Market is open from 8AM - 6PM.

Why visit Wakkanai Fukuko Market?

If you're looking for souvenirs/omiyage then this place might have something that interests you. Aside from that, there is also a museum and a Showa Era Shopping Street for those who are interested to know more about the history of the region. 

Getting to Wakkanai Fukuko Market


Ride the Soya Bus from Wakkanai JR Station and board down at Minato 2-Chome. It's a few meters away from the stop.

However, if you have the energy you can simply walk southwards from Wakkanai Station. It's just 1.1 kilometers away. 

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