Shiogama is one of Japan's most important fishing ports and one of the busiest fish processing centers in the country. The Shiogama Fish Market (塩釜水産物仲卸市場, Shiogama Suisanbutsu Nakaoroshi Ichiba), one of several markets that line the wharves, is a wholesale market that is open to the general public. It contains about 140 shops and stalls selling all manner of fresh and processed seafood products including local specialties such as Matsushima oysters and a local varieties of processed fish cake.
Shiogama is known for having the most sushi restaurants per capita in the country. The fish market is no exception, and visitors can enjoy a sushi breakfast or lunch from a restaurant inside the market. Visitors can make their own seafood rice bowl (kaisendon) in one corner of the market. For 300 yen, they first purchase a bowl of rice and miso soup and can then add various small pieces of seafood of their own choice on top of their rice bowls at an additional cost.
The market is a 15 minute walk from Higashi Shiogama Station or a 40 minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station along the JR Senseki Line. The market is also served by the Shionavi loop bus. Get off at the Sakana Oroshi Ichiba-mae bus stop (魚卸市場前).