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Hirome Market

Get to know the real Kochi at this fantastically friendly indoor market and izakaya.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And in Kochi, they chill out at Hirome Market. This ramshackle market of 60 vendors sells food, beer and everything else you could possibly need. Forgot souvenirs? Don’t worry, Hirome’s got your back. Need some new tights? There’s a store for that.

Kochi Sunday Market

Photo by: Victoria Vlisides Katsuo Tataki is the No. 1 dish you have to try while in Kochi. Get it at the market on the spot.

Almost set out like a German beer hall, long tables fill up the centre of the market creating one of the friendliest atmospheres in Japan. Expats freely mingle with local farmers over a spot of gyoza and Asahi beer. If you want to practice your Japanese, sit yourself down and you’ll find a partner in no time. Similarly, finding English speakers for advice or for a chat is easy compared to elsewhere in Japan (even Tokyo).

Hirome market, kochi

Photo by: Victoria Vlisides Yes, sashimi!

You’ll soon realize that Hirome Market attracts people from all walks of life. The old guy next to you? He’s on a weekend surfing trip. The group of middle-aged ladies opposite? They’re doing the 88-temple pilgrimage and they’re on temple 21 (also, their fifth beer). Openness and a sense of community are the buzzwords of this place. It’s not just about making friends. Hirome Market also has a fine selection of fresh, local produce. The fish was likely caught that morning and the meat came from neighboring farms.

If you’re the kind of traveler who wants a truly authentic experience, there is no better place to get to know the essence of Kochi than the smells, sights and sounds of Hirome Market.

Things To Know

Opening Hours

8 a.m. – 11 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays and National Holidays. Sundays from 7 a.m.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒780-0841 Kōchi-ken, Kōchi-shi, Obiyamachi, 2 Chome−3−1, ひろめ市場

By train

From outside Kochi Station, you can take the streetcar from Ohashi-dori or a tram to Tosa Dentetsu. It’s a short 3-minute walk from either to Hirome Market.

By foot

Hirome market is a wonderful 20-minute walk away from JR Kochi Station, which leads past Kochi Castle.

Where To Stay

The Crown Palais New Hankyu Kochi
  • 4-2-50 Kabushikikaishiya Kochishinhankiyuhoteru, Kochi-shi, Kochi, 780-8561 Japan
  • ¥7,885 - ¥46,645
  • 4.09/5 (2,573 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Dormy Inn Kochi
  • 1-9-12 Obiyamachi, Kochi-shi, Kochi, 780-0841 Japan
  • ¥8,965 - ¥38,830
  • 4.44/5 (1,462 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
  • 1-3-35 Takajomachi, Kochi-shi, Kochi, 780-0862 Japan
  • ¥15,400 - ¥50,600
  • 4.37/5 (1,659 reviews)
  • 0.5 km
Tourist Inn Kochi
  • 1-5-5 Okawasuji, Kochi-shi, Kochi, 780-0052 Japan
  • ¥7,050 - ¥51,400
  • 3.95/5 (5,322 reviews)
  • 0.6 km
Tosa Gyoen
  • 1-4-8 Okawasuji, Kochi-shi, Kochi, 780-0052 Japan
  • ¥8,883 - ¥32,396
  • 4.31/5 (1,408 reviews)
  • 0.6 km

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