Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hokkaido Winter 2013 北海道冬季之旅 - Fisherman's Wharf MOO 釧路フィッシャーマンズワーフMOO

Visited 04.02.2013

Decided to stroll to Fisherman's Wharf MOO after a fulfilling dinner in Robata. MOO faces Kushiro River and is located near Kushiro's busy fishing port and scenic Nusamai Bridge. Read in many travel guide books that this area boosts a spectacular sunset view, therefore it will be good to drop by for a evening stroll to admire the beautiful scenery (unfortunately, sky was already totally dark when we finished our dinner).

- Nusamai Bridge across Kushiro River -
One of the few, large scale shopping complexes in Kushiro, MOO is made of three levels of shops and eateries. The ground level comprises of a wet seafood market and shops selling Hokkaido's favourite souvenirs, dried seafood such as scallops and squids (some of them are available for taste testing before you decide to purchase). Most of the shops were about to close (1900 hrs) when we arrived. Overall, the place is quiet (with few shoppers mingling around) and shops are pretty repetitive here, whereby you can spot many similar products among different stalls. I suppose MOO should be more "lively" in the morning with the wet market in operation. Restaurants occupy the second and third floor and close much later at 2200 hrs.

Do you know? In the evenings, from May to October, special tentages are set up outside MOO, with numerous food stalls serving robata-yaki, one of Kushiro's well-known delicacies. What a great way to spent the evening savouring fresh seafood on the grill just beside the scenic Kushiro river!


Fisherman's Wharf MOO 釧路フィッシャーマンズワーフMOO
From Kushiro JR Station, walk straight along Kita dori for about 15 mins.

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Video: Place was featured in 《Women 爱旅行》. Fast forward to 13:35 to see their feature on Fisherman's Wharf MOO.

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