Osaka is a land of numerous seafood markets, which flourishes with a huge variety of delectable seafood. In every corner of the city, you will find fish market that will tickle your taste buds and make you crave for seafood.
Take a look at the 8 exciting fish markets in Osaka, which should be a must explore on every tourists list.
1. Osaka Central Fish Market
Catch the live tuna auctions that start at 4:15 A.M. The market is located just about 15- minutes away from JR Noda that is the largest market of Japan, spread over 320,000m².
The prime attraction of the Osaka Central Fish Market is, nonetheless, the fish auction, which occurs on a big ramp constructed in one of the buildings. Within 30 minutes, all the fishes and tune gets auctioned.
Hours: Starts at 4:15 A.M
Direction: 15 min walk from JR Noda Station
2. Kuromon Ichiba
Located in the Namba area of Japan is famous food market of Osaka i.e. Kuromon Ichiba. The market was called as Emmeiji until the end of the Meiji Era, and covers approximately 600 meters of area.
The market is marked for its wealth of street food and fish. It is packed with almost 170 shops of which most are mainly selling vegetables and fish.
Tel : 06-6631-0007
Hours: 9AM – Late evening
Direction: Subway Sakaisuji Line Nippombashi Sta.(exit No.5 and 10)
3. Izumisano Fisherman’s Union Open Air Market
Izumisano Fisherman’s Union Open Air Market is a cozy, little fish market in Osaka that opens at 8 A.M in the morning and sells fresh fish.
One can expect fresh produce in the market as its location is close to the auction market selling seafood harvested from the ocean.
Also, as the market is hardly 15 minutes away from the airport, you can catch a lot of planes flying over from time to time.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Direction: Go for a taxi from Izumisano Sta. of the Nankai Line or JR Knasai-kuko Line
4. Tajiri Port and Nishikawa
Located near Kansai International Airport, Tajiri Port is a popular fishing port where adults and children can indulge in saltwater pond fishing.
The exciting fish market at this port opens only on Sundays and that too only from 1A.M till 12 P.M. So, the visitors who do not think that they can make it to the market on Sundays, can still visit the port for Nishikawa restaurant that remains open on all 7 days.
The best part about visiting Nishikawa is that they offer reasonably priced sushi.
5. Tsuruhashi Fish Market
Tsuruhashi Fish Market is a crowded fish market of Osaka which is known for supplying a fresh variety of seafood in the Kinki district. For tuna lovers, there is a Tsuruhashi Maguro dining hall in the market, where they can get good deals.
You should also definitely tantalize your taste buds by trying their specialty Maguro Don – the portion is exceptionally huge, and you might not finish it up alone.
Though the market is known for selling fishes, you can also find a lot of unique stores selling Korean goods and apparel.
Tel: +81 72-465-0099
Hours: Only opens on Sunday from 7A.M to 12 P.M
Direction: 10 min. walk from Yoshimino-Sato Sta. of the Nankai Line
6. Awaji Island’s Yura Port and Kaibutsuyaki Nakajima Suisan at Fukushima
Stroll around the market to enjoy fresh seafood from Awajima’s right here in Osaka. In the summers, you can come to Fukushima market to enjoy eel. And in winters, you can grab a bite of their specialty, Fugu.
Hours: Starts at 17:30 (Closed on Sunday)
Direction: 10 minutes walk from JR Shin-Osaka Station
7. Nakanoshima Fishing Port and Nakanoshima Minato Dining Hall
Nakanoshima fishing port is situated right on the Osaka’s Ajigawa River and is known for its variety of fresh seafood each and every day. The fresh fish delivered at the port are very much alive when they reach the destination.
So, for a good share of delectable seafood, you must visit Nakanoshima Minato dining hall. Get your appetite full by having barbecued fish whose taste will last longer.
Tel: +81 6-6581-3315
Direction: 10 minute walk from the Awaza Station
8. Sakai Fish Market
One of the main food markets of Osaka that gets maximum international attention is Sakai Fish Market. If you happen to visit early in the morning, you will surely get the most delectable and fresh fish.
Visitors can find a great range of seafood in the market, which includes octopi, squids, fish, crabs, and alike. The Sakai market is a refreshing experience for all the visitors.
Hours: 10 A.M in the morning and remains closed on Mondays
Direction: 233m from Sakai Station