Shopping Kuromon Ichiba 2 542 0073 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073 Japan Published on: 09-04-2016
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Why Kuromon market is special ?
Until the end of the Meiji Era, the Kuromon Ichiba Market used to be called Emmeiji Market, because there was once a large temple called Emmeiji nearby. Since there used to be a black gate northeast of this temple, the marketplace later came to be called"Kuromon Ichiba Market"(Black Gate Market). The market has a total length of close to 600 meters with 170 shops, the vast majority of which specialize in the freshest and best quality meat, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad. Although well over half of total sales are for the business (professional chef) market, Kuromon Ichiba caters also to the general public. For more than 170 years, everyone from restaurant chefs to housewives have come here, drawn by the taste, freshness and variety of its products.
What to explore at Kuromon market?
Recently, the number of foreign tourists has increased drastically, while at the same time more and more restaurants are serving lunch. Eat-in shops for sushi or fresh seafood over rice, also grilled fish, shellfish, meat and other food being served in or outside of shops give off mouth-watering aromas to an increasingly international crowd.
How to get to Kuromon market?
Short walk from Nippombashi station on the Osaka Nunicipal Subway Sakaisuji Line (K17) or Sennichimae Line (S17)
Short walk from Kinketsu Nippombashi Station on the Kinetsu Namba Line or Kinteysu Nara Line.
- Best place to indulge in Japanese seafood
- Clean market - good food, cheap finds for souvenirs
- Worth a visit for the food alone
- A great place to sample fresh and local food
- Fresh, cheap fruits & seafood
Kuromon Ichiba 2 542 0073 2 Chome-4-1 Nipponbashi Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073 Japan
Tips for you
“Highly recommend - the Market of Osaka” To get to Kuromon Ichiba from Shinshaibashi, I traveled by subway to Namba Station (1 stop only) and took an exit near the "Nakai Namba Station" (the airport line). You will see the Nankaidori shopping street (南海通商店街) right in front of you, keep walking along the Shopping street and you will see the Market itself in around 10 minutes. It is not a typical tourist attraction, rather it is a market that locals will purchase grocery and food! It is literally the Market/ kitchen of Osaka! We enjoyed the Sashimi so much! It was fresh, tasty and the price was a bargain! The Otoro sushi (5 pcs) cost only 2000 Yen and the scallop sushi (3 pcs) (very thick and fresh!!!) costs 1500 Yen! Highly recommend you to have sashimi there!! Another must try would be the Kobe Beef, the chef will cooked in front of you when you order! Only 2000 Yen! Worth to try! Besides, we also tried fresh Urchin at 1000 Yen (the chef will help open the urchin once you order), however, I think those pre-packed urchin would taste better. You may skip this if you are not a uni fan. There are also a few large shops selling fruits, and many other food choices there! I went there for breakfast :) There are also public area for you to sit and enjoy the food (free of charge)! Highly recommend you to go there and eat!
Get ready for a gastronomical experience! And make sure your pockets are full coz a lot of spending is expected.