Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Osaka
Population
8,804,806

Kuromon Ichiba Market

Don’t miss this old-fashioned covered market stuffed with 170 shops hawking Osaka’s best (and strangest) specialties.

Half of all sales at Kuromon are to professional chefs but those in the know come here for the fresh produce and unparalleled seafood and meat. A recent increase in tourists has spurred many shops to expand, and now there are more choices for dining-in than ever before. Sit at rustic tables and eat the freshest fish imaginable served to you by the men who caught it – often they’re still wearing their rubber boots and smell of the sea.

Try the fresh sea urchin served by the shell.

Sample Osaka standards like takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (cabbage pancakes), or get more daring with uni (sea urchin) served in the shell or tako tamago – a bright red “octopus lollipop” that’s basically a candied baby octopus whose head is stuffed with a quail egg. Other favorites include grilled scallops, kaisen don (sashimi rice bowl), unagi (grilled eel), wagyu beef grilled to order, and crab legs.

Eat at one of the market’s many sit-in restaurants. They’re basic but so, so good.

Beyond meat and seafood, Kuromon boasts an array of fresh fruit and other produce, much of which is sold at small stalls by the farmers themselves. Try wasabi root or daikon (raddish), and gawk at the incredibly expensive designer fruits (melon for 5000 yen, anyone?) Other shops are wholly dedicated to one speciality, including tofu, pickled vegetables, and dango (Japanese sweets made from sticky rice).

Living up to the tradition of Asian markets, Kuromon has other things to offer besides food, including discount drug and home goods, a plethora of omiyage (Japanese souvenirs), and clothing stores to boot. Make sure to bring a lot of cash.

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Things To Know

Opening Hours

Most shops open at 9:00 and close at 18:00 but hours can vary. Check the market website for specific shop information.

How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒542-0073 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nipponbashi, 2 Chome−4−1, 玉五郎

By train

Take the Sakaisuji or Sennichimae Line to Nippombashi Station and get off at exit 5 or 10. From Namba, it’s a 10-minute walk east down Sennichimae-Dori.

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