A burst of colors, smells, and culture is what you’ll experience at the Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka.
Less crowded than Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market and just a 3 minute walk away from the Nippombashi station, this bustling market is a MUST do for anyone visiting Osaka.
With myriads of fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, and strange and wonderful delicacies in this expansive market, foodies are in for a treat
Not only does Kuromon Ichiba Market serve as a meeting point for fish auctions and lots of vendors
But it’s also a spectacle
Although it’s best to go as early in the morning as possible when the fish and food are most fresh, everything is still going to be super fresh and delicious even if you get there much later.
In comparison to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, Kuromon Ichiba Market had more grilled food, skewers, and pizzazz!
And while Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is the largest wholesale fish market on the planet, there were a few special vendors in Osaka that won my heart:
Flavored grilled scallops
Uni – Grade A sweet sweet bright gold uni straight from the source. Take your pick of fresh live sea urchin and have the fisherman pry open it right in front of you
Premium Kobe and Wagyu Beef Sticks
Flame throwers, torches, long knives, spices, tweezers, fryers and tongs- whether to fillet fresh tuna or to grill octopus, the utensils were the chefs’ instruments and the chefs were rock stars!
I stood in the middle of this expansive market with smoke from the grills billowing into the air feeling hazy and in awe of this spectacular performance.
The Kuromon Ichiba Market in Osaka was truly a sight to see that it’s no wonder both locals and tourists have fallen in love with this amazing place.