A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

Osaka has a reputation throughout Japan for many things, but it’s maybe most famous for its food. Osaka, ‘the kitchen of Japan’, is well known for its vibrant food scene and is widely considered the culinary capital of the country. The Kuromon Ichiba Market is one of the city’s most famous markets, where tourists and locals flock to experience firsthand the foodie culture of Osaka.

  • A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    The Kuromon Ichiba Market is a covered shopping street that stretches about 600 metres in length. Chefs from all over Osaka come here to buy the freshest and best ingredients for their restaurants. While chefs do account for a lot of their sales, shops are also open to the public. The food available ranges from lowbrow comfort food to high end culinary specialties. A visit to the market is the perfect opportunity to sample some expensive ingredients without necessarily breaking the bank.

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    There are a lot of amazing restaurants and shops, but the area is most famous for its endless rows of food stalls. The sheer variety of what’s available keeps people coming back time and time again. Osaka’s proximity to the ocean means that stalls in the market have some of the freshest seafood you’re likely to taste during your trip. Don’t be surprised if prices at some of the stalls are what you would find in a restaurant; when the quality is this good, it’s what you’d expect. Where else in the world can you walk down the street while eating a freshly grilled lobster tail?

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    The street stall culture of the area means that most places don’t normally try to fill you up. Most stalls just offer you a small, satisfying bite. This is ideal if you want just a light snack or want to try as many things as possible. Since you’re not sitting down for a full meal, explore as many places as your appetite can cope with. With over 180 places to eat, it’s safe to say that you won’t be able to sample something from each one!

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Prices vary dramatically from shop to shop. If you’ve ever wanted to pay 2,000 yen for a super red apple or spend 20,000 yen on a perfectly ripe melon, then this is your chance. Most street stalls will offer snacks from 300–700 yen, and they may have even more expensive items available, too. Tuna is one of the most popular snacks if you don’t mind dropping a few yen. On the cheaper side, takoyaki, which are battered squid balls, is a more affordable Osakan specialty that’s well worth a try, at around 400-500 yen. It’s safe to say that almost any Japanese food with a Holy Grail status can be found here if you’re willing to pay.

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    A Tasty Detour to the Kuromon Ichiba Market

    Kuromon Ichiba Market is conveniently located just south of the Nippombashi Subway Station and Kintetsu Nippombashi Station. Once you leave the station, it shouldn’t be too hard to find your way there. Just follow the crowds! A lot of people will be going the same way. It only takes a couple of minutes to get there on foot, but the walk back after stuffing yourself may be a little bit slower.

    Kuromon Ichiba Market
    Address
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 2-4-1
    Phone
    0666310007
    Nippombashi
    Address
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-chome
    Phone
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