With a history that dates to the early 1820s, Kuromon Market is as much a historical landmark as it is a modern-day icon. The area, also known as Kuromon Ichiba or Black Gate Market, once ran amok with fresh fish traders, who eventually established the Osaka fish market in 1902. Now, more than 150 shop vendors and local chefs see an average 23,000 customers every day.
Best foods to try & popular restaurants at Kuromon Market
While Kuromon Market supplies thousands of local restaurant owners daily with fresh seafood, it also helps feed Osaka’s entourage of foodies. Watch tuna carvers in action and indulge in fresh sushi and sashimi on the spot. Munch on takoyaki, grilled scallops and fugu (blowfish) while browsing through restaurants, souvenir shops and specialty stores that stretch for more than 2,000 feet (600 meters).
Kurogin: this tuna specialty store serves melt-in-your-mouth dishes and is loved for its maguro (marinated tuna) bowl.
Kushisei: nibble on traditional kushikatsu (deep-dried meat skewers) or go all the way with a fried softshell crab burger!
Maruzen Meat Shop: watch professional butchers slice and dice prime cuts of Kobe beef, which then are grilled to perfection in front of your eyes.
How to get to Kuromon Market
Check In to a hotel or apartment near Nippombashi Station