Kuromon Ichiba Market:  Where to Eat Oishi Street Food in Osaka, Japan

Kuromon Ichiba Market: Where to Eat Oishi Street Food in Osaka, Japan

I first saw these red octopuses on tableforthreeplease.com. The writer (Anonymous Paul) had spent a few days in the Kansai region, visiting temples and shrines and eating the most fantastic food.

Of all the pictures that he posted on his blog (and there were many), the one of the glazed baby octopus on a stick is what I remembered the most. The fact that it stayed with me reminded me just how much I love street food (and cephalopods). For me, eating really good street food is something I look forward to on any trip, and the thought of enjoying it here in Japan, in the land of sushi and the freshest seafood, had me foaming at the mouth.

Reading about Kuromon Ichiba Market and its wealth of ocean-fresh street food, there was no way in hell we were leaving Osaka without having a curbside feast here.

A 10-15 minute walk from the Shinsaibashi / Dotonbori areas, Kuromon Ichiba translates to “Black Gate”, and is in reference to a large, black gate that once rested nearby.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Nicknamed “Osaka’s Kitchen”, many of the city’s chefs purchase their ingredients here.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Where should we begin? So many delicious-looking choices!
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Soft shell crabs
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Scallops and snails
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Escargot on steroids. Each of these giant snails went for ¥400. Really good.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Unagi (freshwater eel)
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Huge snow crabs
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Oyster man grilling then shucking our lunch
Kuromon Ichiba Market

We got these three pieces for ¥500. Just look at the size of the one on the right! So fresh and delicious.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Maguro kama (tuna jaw). We Filipinos love tuna jaw, but these were way better than anything we’ve had in the Philippines. Each jaw went for ¥980.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

There we are enjoying the kama. Based on Ren’s reaction, do you think she enjoyed it? 😆


Only in Japan, otoro (fattiest tuna) sushi sold as street food. Insane! That box of sixteen in the foreground went for just under USD 40 in 2014. Pretty cheap I’d say for such a prime piece of sushi.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Yes, you can eat Kobe beef here streetside. 😯
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Picture borrowed from the Where is FatBoy? blog

Fugu (blowfish)
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Picture borrowed from the Where is FatBoy? blog

If you like uni, then you’ve come to the right place.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Picture borrowed from the Martin Jr. blog

They’re like little bowls of sunshine! 😀
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Picture borrowed from the Martin Jr. blog

Ah, the cephalopod that brought me here, the aforementioned baby octopus on a stick. Going for ¥250 apiece, each one had a whole quail egg stuffed in its head. So tender and delicious.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Humungous diver scallops. Some were as big as a baby’s fist! Served with the coral intact, two pieces went for ¥550.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

Was I lying about the size of those scallops? 😯 Holy Jesus…oishi to the max!
Kuromon Ichiba Market

All in all, today’s streetside feast amounted to just ¥2,800 with a drink. A pretty good deal I’d say considering all the premium restaurant-quality seafood we enjoyed. Without question, Kuromon Ichiba Market is one place that I would eagerly go back to on any return trip to Osaka. And god willing, there will be many. 🙂

If you like street food, then I highly recommend enjoying at least one meal here. Like everything else in Japan, it’s just on another level. Amazing.

Kuromon Ichiba Market

Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0073, Japan
Tel: +06-6631-0007 (main office)
Fax: +06-6643-6464 (main office)
Website: kuromon.com
Operating Hours: 9AM – Late evening (varies from shop to shop)

HOW TO GET THERE:
Kuromon Ichiba Market is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Shinsaibashi-Dotonbori area. You can also take the subway and get off at the Nipponbashi station. CLICK HERE for more information.

For more Osaka travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Osaka, Japan

 The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Osaka, Japan

For travel tips to Kyoto, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Kyoto, Japan

 The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Kyoto, Japan

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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  4. Stella at 10:53 am

    Do you know whether the food still available until late evening? I really want to try grilled scallops and oysters. Looks yumm ^^

  5. JB Macatulad at 10:58 am

    Hi Stella, closing times vary from stall to stall so it’s hard to say. You might not have much luck if you go too late though. 🙂

  6. Neil at 10:50 pm

    Wanted to let you know that a buddy of mine and I just got back from Japan a few weeks ago. We used your website multiple times as reference, including the inspiration for going to Kuromon. Thanks!

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  9. Michael Bulala at 11:05 am

    awesome post! ill be in osaka sept 5 to 7 2016. hopefully i get to check your reccomendations. pinoy represent!

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