Kuromon Market Food: Is Osaka’s oldest market worthwhile?

Last Updated on June 30, 2022 by Christine Kaaloa

Kuromon Market Osaka

Jonesing to visit a Japanese public market?

Kuromon Market is Osaka’s oldest market in the Minami area of Osaka. Once a traditional public market built during the Edo period, the Kuromon Market houses 150 shops selling anything from food, sweet and specialty household goods.

Walking down the 600-meter walkway, you’ll see the Japanese culinary attraction here is seafood in Japan. Fresh and delicious sashimi, king crab, huge prawns, scallops, fugu and more.  You’ll also find discount homeware appliances and cutlery.

Today, the Japanese market caters less to a local Japanese kitchens, but more to Asian tourists. Some stalls seem to attract an Instagram tourist crowd due to certain large-scale or jaw-dropping items which seem to repeat itself with vendors: giant prawns and octopus stuffed quail egg on a stick!

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Walking with my Osaka girlfriend Yuka, she mentioned how much the market has changed and is often so crowded that locals do not visit as much. The seafood here can get pricey compared to other famous markets across Japan, such as Kyoto‘s notable Nishiki Market, which still retains its proud tradition of craftsmanship, food and originality.

Nevertheless, if you have not visited a Japanese public market, Kuromon Market still satisfies that desire. You will want to check it out.

Kuromon Market Opening Hours

Kuromon Market opening hours are 9AM–6PM, Daily.  It’s best to arrive early as crowds can get large later in the day.

Website in Japanese here: www.kuromon.com/jp/

Getting to Kuromon Market Osaka

 Getting to Kuromon Market is easy. Get off at Nippombashi Station, Exit 2.
 542-0073 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Nipponbashi, 2 Chome−4−1, 玉五郎