Kuroshio Market 黒潮市場

Kuroshio Market
Kuroshio Market

See Japan's most famous fish, freshly caught

Located on the man-made resort island of Wakayama Marina City, Kuroshio Market is a bustling seaside fish market offering freshly caught seafood. Enjoy mouthwatering sashimi, grill the latest catch over charcoal, or take your seafood home after a day of shopping and eating at Marina City's various attractions.

Don't Miss

  • Tuna-filleting shows held three times a day
  • Grilling fresh seafood by the seaside
  • Catching your own at the nearby fishing park

How to Get There

Kuroshio Market is easily accessible by bus from Wakayama's main train station.

Take a 25-minute bus ride from JR Wakayama Station or a 15-minute bus ride from JR Kainan Station. If your train is on the Nankai Line, get off at Wakayamashi Station and take a 30-minute bus to Wakayama Marina City.

Reach the above stations from JR Tennoji or Nankai Nanba Station in Osaka, with the journey taking around 60 minutes.

Quick Facts

Kuroshio Market is nicknamed "Tuna Land," in homage to the sleek Pacific Bluefin caught in the area

Wakayama Marina City, where Kuroshio Market is located, is a 49-hectare artificial island of reclaimed land

The market has a great selection of local sake and souvenirs

A fillet of fish

Three times a day at Kuroshio Market, you can enjoy the rare experience of seeing an entire, freshly caught tuna expertly sliced and fileted as a professional explains the different cuts of Japan's most famous sushi fish. Find out where the fish's most expensive cut, the prized otoro, comes from, along with other select cuts. You can then immediately purchase the filleted fish, guaranteeing you the freshest mouthful of tuna.

Straight to your plate

Although there is a wide selection of dry goods and Wakayama specialties to take home, a visit to the market wouldn't be complete without a taste of fresh seafood. The market and nearby area has plenty of great restaurants, but for a more "hands-on" experience, visit the large dining hall, where you can barbeque your fresh purchases right at the table. Pick up a few tasty looking selections from the market, then bring your purchases to the seaside and fire up the charcoal grill.

A taste of Europe

Upon exiting the market and crossing the street, you'll see Porto Europa, a Mediterranean shopping area with an amusement park, dining, souvenirs, and a beautiful reproduction of an Italian fishing village, French town, and Spanish castle area. Children will be happy to hop on the variety of rides and attractions. The area is free to enter, so you can also enjoy a peaceful seaside stroll surrounded by the historic European-style atmosphere.

Fresh fruit and ocean views

The Kishu Kuroshio Onsen offers expansive views of the ocean while you soak in the natural hot spring water. Or head to the Kinokuni Fruits Village to find an affordable selection of the freshest Wakayama produce. If you're thinking of staying overnight, Marina City has a beautiful hotel, which faces the glittering Wakaura Bay.

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