A covered arcade specialising mainly in food products, Kuromon Ichiba Market is a great place to discover why Osaka earned its reputation as ‘Japan’s kitchen’.
The 600-metre long marketplace is home to more than 150 fish mongers, butchers, and grocers. Shops are a mix of independent, family-run businesses and larger supermarkets with an impressive array of edible souvenirs and local specialties on offer, including dried fish, pickles and sauces.
If you like the look of something fresh, many vendors provide insulated takeaway containers free of charge.
And for those who get hungry while browsing the food stalls, Kuromon Ichiba Market is a great place to sample some top-quality seafood, such as sushi, grilled scallop and sea urchin. For more adventurous eaters, a speciality of the market is skewered baby octopus stuffed with quail egg, which can be packed to take away or eaten there and then.
- 2−4−1 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073
- Kuromon Ichiba Market is best accessed via the subway. From Nippombashi Station (Sakaisuji Line or Sennichimae Line), take exit 10. The market entrance is on the left after 20 meters.