Strolling around the oldest and largest Sunday market in Japan
What better way to learn about the local culture than to visit the local market? Also known as Kochi’s Kitchen, the Sunday Market is held every Sunday, except when it falls during New Year (January 1-2) and the Yosakoi Festival (August 9-12). It has continued for over 300 years, since 1690. Bustling with locals and tourists alike, the market runs from morning until late afternoon and stretches for approximately 1.3 km along Otesuji Street towards Kochi Castle, with about 400 stalls selling not only locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables, but also plants, kitchen knives, crafts and more. Just by strolling the market, you will discover food unique to Kochi, and be amazed by the variety. It is about a 10-minute walk from Kochi Station to the entrance of Sunday Market on Otesuji Street and walking along the many stalls as you enjoy delicious street food will eventually bring you to the two must-visit spots in Kochi: Hirome Market and Kochi Castle. Don’t forget to check them out too!