Luxurious breakfast of fresh (or kittokito, in the local dialect) fish (Toyama Prefecture)
Kamburi (mature yellowtail) is the classic taste of winter in Hokuriku. I took the last train to the bustling seaside town of Himi in Toyama Prefecture, one of Japan's largest production areas of kamburi. My aim was to visit the Himi fish market in the early morning the next day. I watched auctions of these massive fish, some over 10 kilograms in weight, one after the other, amid the cry of countless voices.
After the bidding finished, I headed to the ichiba shokudo (market dining hall) to enjoy delicious Himi Hamadon sashimi bowls of the freshest fish just won at auction. These were overflowing with six types of seafood brought into the harbor the very same morning.
Here's another travel plan for enjoying Toyama early in the morning. Quaint streetscapes, including old buildings of shipping companies, still stand in the Iwase area of Toyama City, which flourished due to marine trade on the Sea of Japan from the medieval era to the early modern era. At morning, when few tourists are around, you can monopolize scenic views of the town.