Kuromon Ichiba Market: Where to Eat the Most Delicious Street Food in Osaka, Japan

Kuromon Ichiba Market: Where to Eat the Most Delicious Street Food in Osaka, Japan

NOTICE: Some of our articles contain affiliate links. The ones that do will have a disclosure statement at the bottom. You can refer to our privacy policy and terms of use for more information.

If you like Japanese food, then you’ll love Kuromon Ichiba Market. It’s home to some of the best and freshest seafood in Osaka.

I researched the best places to eat before our trip and Kuromon Ichiba Market was a constant on many lists. As its name suggests, it isn’t a single restaurant or a cluster of eateries like Dotonbori. Instead, it’s a wet market offering typical market fare like seafood, meats, vegetables, and fruits. Aside from supplying many of the city’s restaurants with the freshest ingredients, the majority of vendors at Kuromon Ichiba cook their wares for you on the spot. You can hop from stall to stall enjoying things like grilled oysters, diver scallops, toro (fatty tuna), and uni (sea urchin) right there on the street. Some even sell Kobe beef!

Reading about Kuromon Ichiba Market and its wealth of ocean-fresh street food, we weren’t leaving Osaka without enjoying a curbside feast here. You shouldn’t either. ♥

Seafood Paradise at Kuromon Ichiba Market

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. It’s easy enough to visit Kuromon Ichiba Market on your own, but if you’d like to go with a local guide, then you may want to check out this Kuromon Market walking food tour.
Kuromon Ichiba Market

As described above, many of the city’s chefs purchase their ingredients here. It’s for that reason why Kuromon Ichiba has been dubbed “Osaka’s Kitchen”.
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

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)

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

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


Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links. We’ll get a small commission if you make a purchase at no additional cost to you. We only recommend products and services that we use ourselves and firmly believe in. We really appreciate your support as it helps us make more of these free travel guides. Thank you!

There are 15 comments for this article
  1. Pingback: What We Saw in Osaka - Novelty Buffs
  2. Pingback: Munching my way through Osaka! | backpackerlee
  3. 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 ^^

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. Pingback: Osaka and Kyoto | Global Getaways
  7. Pingback: Osaka lovin’ ? – helloteri
  8. 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!

  9. Pingback: OSAKA – Life on Pine
  10. irene at 9:55 pm

    Its always a challenge for anyone in any foreign country to find what they would like to eat.Now i know what to eat, and where to eat it while in Japan. thanks for sharing..

  11. Tiffany Le at 4:38 am

    Could you tell me where the grilled unagi located? Your picture makes me drool 😛 I would love to try them out when I visit this market.

  12. JB Macatulad at 11:12 am

    Hi Tiffany, plenty of stalls at Kuromon Ichiba sell grilled unagi so you shouldn’t have any problems finding some. The market isn’t that big. Have a delicious time in Osaka! 🙂

  13. Pingback: Osaka lovin' ? - helloteri

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.