Japan's king of tuna, caught in northernmost Aomori!
Tuna is a favorite food of Japanese. This lean fish is popular both in sushi and as sashimi. Tuna range over a wide territory in the waters around Japan—they’re caught off Shizuoka, Tokyo, and Okinawa—but tuna caught near Oma at the tip of the Shimokita peninsula in Aomori represent the pinnacle of Japanese tuna. A single tuna reached a record high of 55.4 million yen (approx. USD 1.76 million) at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market! Confidence in Oma tuna is overwhelming.
"Pole and line" fishermen risk their lives for the challenge.
The tuna produced in Oma is known as bluefin tuna (kuromaguro or honmaguro in Japanese). The average weight is 200kg, although a massive tuna may exceed 400kg. How are such tunas caught? The traditional "pole and line" fishing method has been handed down in Oma. A line baited with squid or saury is thrown among hordes of tuna, and fishermen reel up the tuna that caught on the bait by hand. Each tuna is finished off with a swift thrust to the gills—a weak point! This is the secret of minimizing harm to the tuna and maintaining freshness.
Enjoy the delicious simplicity of tuna in a restaurant run by fishermen!
The tuna of Oma, which wander the Tsugaru Strait and dines on the abundant prey, such as squid and Pacific saury, grows fat and delicious. To enjoy this flavor, the Sakanagui-no-Oomanzoku restaurant run by local fishermen comes recommended. The owner, who has personally caught individual tuna valued at over 20 million yen, knows all the delicious parts of tuna. The popular sanshoku (3-color) tuna bowl and tuna sashimi set meals feature fatty otoro tuna belly, medium fatty chutoro, and red akami tuna flesh. The season for non-frozen raw tuna is mid-July to January. By all means, visit during that time if you would like to enjoy raw tuna.
- 17-377 Omataira, Oma, Oma-cho, Shimokita-gun, Aomori-ken
- Opening hours
- 8:00 A.M. to 6 P.M.
- No regular days of closure
- Sanshoku tuna bowl 3,000 yen, sanshoku tuna sashimi set meal 2,000 yen
- Aomori Airport is a 50-minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
- Aomori Airport is a 105-minute flight from Osaka International (Itami) Airport.
- Aomori Station is 35 minutes by shuttle bus from Aomori Airport.
- Noheji Station is 40 minutes from Aomori Station. Shimokita Station is 1 hour from Noheji Station.
- The Omadaira bus stop is 100 minutes by the Sai bus line from Shimokita Station.
- Sakanagui-no-Oomanzoku is a 5-minute walk from the Omadaira bus stop.