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Kushiro Washo Market – “”Katte-don”” | Enjoy the taste of your own original-style seafood rice bowl at the Kushiro market in Minato-cho.

Kushiro Washo Market – “”Katte-don”” | Enjoy the taste of your own original-style seafood rice bowl at the Kushiro market in Minato-cho.

Kushiro Washo Market – “”Katte-don”” | Enjoy the taste of your own original-style seafood rice bowl at the Kushiro market in Minato-cho.

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Located in eastern Hokkaido, Kushiro is known in the prefecture as a fish industry city.

As the birthplace of robatayaki, or skewered food over a barbeque grill, that is the most likely thing to come to mind when you mention food here. However, in the kitchens of Kushiro homes, is another popular item that is easily prepared and enjoyed: the “”katte-don””

Kushiro Washo Market – “”Katte-don””
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Just a 3 to 4 minute walk from JR Kushiro station, will you find the Kushiro Washo Market.

With over 50 shops and restaurants focusing on seafood and many other marine products, Washo Market is one of the “”Big Three”” seafood markets of Hokkaido, attracting both tourists and residents alike. It shares this distinction with the Morning Market of Hakodate and the 2-jo Market of Sapporo.

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About half of all the stores deal directly with seafood. Whether it’s hanasaki crab freshly caught off the waters of Nemuro, larger-than-usual tasty scallops, or “”tokishirazu”” salmon caught between spring and summer, many kinds of seafood from eastern Hokkaido can be found here.

And it is here in Washo Market do we find the popular “”katte-don””.

In Japanese, “”katte”” means to act on impulse or on a whim. As the name suggests, this is a one-of-a-kind seafood-on-rice dish that you make and prepare yourself, using whatever seafood ingredients you desire.

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Enjoying Katte-don

First, buy some donburi-rice from the rice shops. (I also recommend getting the crab meat miso soup while you’re at it!)

You can choose how much rice to buy, so both light and heavy eaters are catered to. ♪

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And then, at one of many stores that serve katte-don customers, buy the sushi or seafood toppings that you want.

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By the way, depending on how much you buy, you might be able to bargain a little bit (but this depends on the shop).

This kind of interaction with the storekeeper is also very enjoyable.

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Your very own katte-don, ready to eat!

Image provided by: Kushiro Washo Market

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This katte-don came to a total of around ¥1,700 ♪

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On that note, this kind of meal costs around ¥1,500 to ¥2,000, though if you use lots of expensive toppings it can easily go over ¥3,000.

And with that, it’s okay to simply make your own katte-don and be content, or you can challenge a friend to make the best katte-don. How about making some memoirs of your travels at the Kushiro Washo Market?

Kushiro Washo Ichiba (Market)
Kushiro, Kurogane-cho 13-25
Hours: 08:00~18:00 Monday to Saturday, Closed on Sundays for most shops
Times are subject to change during winter. Please confirm the hours on the website.
Access: 4 minutes on foot from JR Kushiro station.
Parking available.
http://www.washoichiba.com/