Eat & Drink
Stalls of fresh fish and produce line the long narrow alley of the Kuromon Ichiba, an old-style marketplace in Osaka's Namba district. Grandmothers carefully sort through the offerings, unswayed by the confident yells of the fishmongers promoting their catch.
The sharp scent of kimchee and the colorful arrangements of fish, meats and produce provide a powerful sensory experience.
You can get to the market by train and a short walk.
Kuromon Ichiba is a five-minute walk southwest from Nippombashi Station, and a 10-minute walk directly east from Namba Station. Upon crossing Sakai-suji Street, look for the large, multicolored tarp sign reading Kuromon Market.
The approximately 170 shops along Kuromon Ichiba specialize in fish, meat and produce. This market first came into prominence during the end of the Meiji period, and was named Kuromon (Black Gate) after the gates of the nearby Emmeiji Temple.
You can spend plenty of time browsing the various offerings in the market. Consider checking out neighboring Den-Den Town (Osaka's electronics and hobbyist district) on the way.