“Kuromon Ichiba Market” which is close to Osaka Namba is an eating tour heaven called the kitchen in Osaka. From seafood to fruits and coffee shops, you can taste a lot of food culture in lively market.
Kuromon Ichiba Market is a big market representing Osaka famous for “going broke over food”. For the people in Osaka it is called “kitchen in Osaka” because you can get anything from seafood, fruits, processed foods etc. in the market. A while ago, Kuromon Ichiba Market, which had strong image of a market where Osaka professional chefs go to stock in the local market, is now an eating tour heaven for tourists. A lot of foreign tourists visit, and the vigorous shout of the Osaka merchant resounds from the morning.
Kuromon Ichiba Market began around 1822, selling fish entering from Sakai port around the black temple gate of Enmyoji Temple in Nihonbashi. With the big fire of Namba in 1912, the market will disappear with the Enmyoji Temple and the black gate. Also, in the last great war the market area became burnt – out ruins. However, the original merchants gathered together after the war and the market rebuilt.
Kuromon Ichiba Market, which was a kitchen in Osaka, has shown various changes in recent years to capture young Japanese people and foreign tourists who have increased. Products that had been sold for chefs until the past were offered in skewers for eating tours and are grabbing the hearts of tourists by setting up eat-in spaces in stores. Also, as information on Kuromon Ichiba Market was posted on freesheet and English brochures were being distributed, more and more tourists visited the market.
Let’s go on a journey of “going broke over food” at the lively Osaka kitchen “Kuromon Ichiba Market”!
The Kuromon Ichiba Market is a market in the area called “Minami” in Osaka prefecture. It is a famous place as “the kitchen of Osaka”. It was called “Enmyoji Temple Market” in the Meiji Era, because Enmyoji Temple was near the market. However, as its Sanmon gate (temple gate) was black, it became known as “Kuromon Ichiba Market” (Black Gate Market).
Like Dotonbori, there is a big globefish monument here too. In the Kuromon Ichiba Market, conger pike in Summer and globefish in Winter are famous. Approximately 150 stores, such as fresh fish shops, specialty shops of globefish and soft-shelled turtle, greengrocer’s shop, fruit shop, butcher, pickle shop, flower shop etc. are lined up under the arcade 300 meters east to west and 80 meters north to south. And whenever you go there, it is great turnout of people.
The pleasant points of the Kuromon Ichiba Market is that there are plenty of food menus of “eating while walking” like the town of “Spend too much money on food”. In the fresh fish shop, grilled fish cake on skewers, fruit shops fresh juice, tea house soft ice cream of Matcha (green tea). You will be invited by the tasty smell drifting in the Kuromon Ichiba Market and you may buy various things.
In order to fully enjoy Kuromon Ichiba Market, it is recommended that you seek information in the official guide map beforehand. Official guide maps are also distributed on the market, but they can also be downloaded from the market official website. You should download it in advance, check what stores are there, or list some shops you want to go. If checked in advance, it is very crowded Kuromon Ichiba Market, but you can look around efficiently.
At Kuromon Ichiba Market, seasonal bargains and monthly events are also held. If you visit it according to the schedule, you will be able to enjoy more.
|Name:||Kuromon Ichiba Market|
|Address:||Nippombashi 2-4-1 Osaka Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0073 Japan|
|Access:||Osaka Municipal Subway Sennichimae-sen Line “Nipponbashi-eki Station” (3 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 6-6631-0007 (Kuromon Ichiba Shopping District Promotion Association)|