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

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021 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 build during the Edo period, the market houses 150 shops selling anything from food, sweet and household goods.

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

Today, the 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-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 towards 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.  Its best to arrive early as crowds can get large later in the day.

Website in Japanese.

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

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